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Venezuelan assembly launches its own radio station on seized private frequency


Lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chávez inaugurated a state-run radio station this week that replaces a previous broadcaster that mixed criticism of Chávez with jazz and salsa music, the Associated Press and El Universal report.

AN Radio (named with the Spanish initials for the National Assembly) took over the closed CNB 102.3 FM, which was one of the 34 stations closed by regulators, who claimed that the stations had not kept their licenses current.

"It remains unclear what the government will do with the frequencies of the other 33 stations that lost their licenses, but Chavez has said the revoked licenses could be given to broadcasters who share his socialist vision," AP says.

For more information, see the original Spanish version of this post.


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