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The Fight over Control of the Dominican Republic’s Radio Waves

LADB Article ID: 80154
Category/Department: Dominican Republic
Date: 2016-12-01
By: Crosby Girón

For several years, the existence of radio stations that operate without the necessary legal permits has been a problem in the Dominican Republic. However, according to reports, the Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (the Dominican Institute of Telecommunications, INDOTEL), is planning a crack-down on radio stations operating illegally. The news was announced in October by INDOTEL president José Del Castillo Saviñón in the presence of Roberto Lama Sajour, president of the Asociación Dominicana de Radiodifusoras (ADORA), an organization that brings together the country’s radio stations. INDOTEL’s message was that any radio station that has been subject to complaints for operating in an irregular manner or that is breaking the law will be investigated. Lama’s first reaction was to express dismay at the existence of these radio stations, especially at a time when media companies are investing in the latest technology. According to the local press, more than 10 radio stations have gone off the air in the city of Santiago de los Caballeros alone in recent years as a result of the financial crisis that has affected this sector.

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