Brazilian President plans to launch a publicly-funded TV channel
Friday, May 18th, 2007

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is apparently so fed up the low quality of Brazilian television that he has decided to set up a new channel. The project will cost an estimated R$300 million - around US$150 million, and is scheduled to launch on 2 December. But, according to John Fitzpatrick, a Scottish writer and consultant based in Săo Paulo, there’s a danger that the government will manipulate the content of the new channel, ensure that only propaganda appears and waste taxpayers’ money. So far the government has not made a strong case that such a channel is really needed and, by setting such a close deadline, it has not given itself enough time to think out exactly how the station will work or be funded.