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    It looks like GRC's decision to not pony up in Acapulco or Chetumal is due to Tecnoradio-induced uncertainty, with the company saying the IFT needs to look into the behavior of companies in those lots of the auction (or in other words, Tecnoradio activity inflated the price).
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    Analysis: What Now for 56 Lost Stations?

    With Tecnoradio and others not ponying up, 56 of the 178 stations that were awarded in IFT-4 will roll over to either other bidders, of which there are 25 stations, and in 31 cases, to the next radio auction.

    Tecnoradio accounts for 37 of the lost stations.

    On the AM band, Tecnoradio did not pay for three stations, and Torres Corporativo Radio decided against reclaiming 610 AM in Fresnillo. This means that there are 18 lost stations that are not Tecnoradio, and many of them carry high price tags.

    The stations that are not Tecnoradio and were not paid for had winning bids of 20, 11, 25, 25, 25, 46.3, 25, 11, 15, 30.7, 42, 25.4, 19.1, 52, 48.7, 38.2, 35.9, and 2.85 million pesos. That last station, a comparative bargain, was for Pinos, Zacatecas. But in each other case, the value of the station reached eight figures. Excluding Pinos, the average price of the stations that were not paid for was 29.135 million pesos. This backs up the idea that Tecnoradio activity inflated prices in a number of lots in the auction that were not actually won by TR.

    In US dollars, that's an average of $1.575 million per lost non-Tecnoradio FM station, and in total, the non-payment of these stations, not factoring in security deposits, represents a loss of $26.9 million to the IFT. This doesn't even include the massive hole left by TR.

    25 of the 56 lost stations will find other bidders in this auction, but that's nowhere near all of them. I suspect Tecnoradio is responsible for a number of the stations that didn't find other bidders.
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    Another hearty helping of broadcasting matters from the IFT's May 17 meeting:

    -Lots of multiprogramming: XHCGA in Aguascalientes will be multiplexed with something called "AGSTV", as will another 28 Azteca transmitters which will receive ADN 40.

    -Various boring concession renewals for a total of 51 stations.
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    Mexico's largest radio broadcaster continues to be on the hot seat after the Tecnoradio Saga. Darío Celis of Excélsior writes that Radiorama could also be hooked into yet another broadcaster, this one operating stations in Mexico City and Monterrey: NRM.

    How does the connection go?

    Lorena Pérez Toscano — daughter of Javier Pérez de Anda (another daughter runs Audiorama, and his niece was the link in the Tecnoradio case) — is married to Mauricio Huesca. If the name Huesca sounds familiar, that's because his father is Edilberto Huesca Perrotín — who not only has been around the block in the radio business but won several stations in IFT-4 and opted to keep the two in Ciudad del Carmen.

    At one point, the Pérez de Anda family owned a third of NRM (RR also bought two stations from NRM in the mid-90s), and sources say they have full control now. They even share a lawyer. Celis reports that a potential investigation of economic ties and irregular acquisitions is taking shape, which could include a case before the Money Laundering Unit of the Attorney General's Office (PGR).

    NRM owns six total stations in Mexico City, including a trio of FMs (which RR does not have); there also is an NRM cluster in Monterrey, a large market in which Radiorama has no presence at all.

    A report from El Universal columnist Salvador García Soto adds an additional name: a nephew of Pérez de Anda, José Noel Pérez de Alba. Pérez de Alba was a deputy in the 62nd Legislature who was a secretary of the Communications Commission in the Chamber of Deputies for almost all of his three-year term; he had been elected from a district including Lagos de Moreno and San Juan de los Lagos, Jalisco.

    Between this, Tecnoradio and the fact that the IFT is still trying to figure out the unusual sale of ACIR stations to RR, Radiorama is looking dirtier than ever.

    So too is the IFT, which has now had two auctions end in cloudy circumstances. IFT-1 could only award one new TV network because Radio Centro pulled out. We're looking at IFT-4 here. So what can be done to avoid these problems in IFT-6? Analysts have warned that the IFT needs to be more exhaustive in its investigations of potential bidders.
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    We now know the fate of the lost stations, whether they'll roll over or find new bidders.

    25 FMs will roll over:

    Calvillo: Transmisiones Mik, S.A. de C.V.
    La Paz: Mario Óscar Beteta Vallejo (the other station is lost)
    San José de Cabo: Consortium of CJAguirre Nacional, S.A.P.I. de C.V., and Carlos de Jesús Aguirre Gómez. If the last name sounds familiar, it better...he left Grupo Radio Centro in 2013.
    Cuauhtémoc: José Gerardo López de la Rocha (who is currently operating XHLO-FM)
    Comitán: Promotora de Comercio y Servicios, S.A. de C.V.
    San José Iturbide, Gto.: José Guadalupe Bernal Vázquez (Corporación Bajío Comunicaciones)
    Puerto Vallarta: Compañía Periodística Sudcaliforniana, S.A. de C.V. (I never knew Puerto Vallarta was in Baja California Sur! )
    San Juan de los Lagos: Arnoldo Rodríguez Zermeño
    San Miguel el Alto: Rodrigo Rodríguez Reyes
    Apatzingán: Radiodifusoras Capital
    La Piedad: Rodrigo Rodríguez Reyes
    Lázaro Cárdenas: Media FM, S.A. de C.V. (other station rolls over)
    San Juan Bautista Tuxtepec: Radio Casandoo, S.A. de C.V.
    Chignahuapan: Corporación Sonitel, S.A. de C.V.
    Huauchinango: Ultradigital Puebla, S.A. de C.V.
    Chetumal: Mario Óscar Beteta Vallejo
    Playa del Carmen: Consortium of CJAguirre Nacional, S.A.P.I. de C.V., and Carlos de Jesús Aguirre Gómez
    Puerto Morelos: Consortium of CJAguirre Nacional, S.A.P.I. de C.V., and Carlos de Jesús Aguirre Gómez
    Tulúm: Empresa Turquesa
    Cadereyta de Montes, Qro.: Ultradigital Puebla
    Tequisquiapan, Qro.: Servicios de Cines y Espectáculos, S.A. de
    C.V. (owns a movie theater in this area)
    Guaymas: Medios y Editorial de Sonora
    Navojoa: Medios y Editorial de Sonora
    San Andrés Tuxtla: Mezkla FM, S.A. de C.V.
    Soteapan, Ver.: Arturo Ordaz Gallegos, who looks like he might be running for office right now

    No other stations rolled over. Frequencies are also known.
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    The crushing weight of concession renewals will continue. The IFT has still to sift through 403 concession renewals after already tackling 289.

    Of course, there will also be new stations, and that means finding transmitter and studio sites. Radio Tex-Mex (97.1, Acatlán de Osorio, Puebla) brought in someone to help them find a location for their stick: former Governor of Puebla Mario Marín Torres. A mountain has been located, apparently in San Jerónimo Xayacatlán, for the new station.
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