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    You can't spell pirate without PRI, but the party's deputies are proposing a penal code amendment that would stiffen penalties on operators of pirate radio stations.

    The reforms to the Federal Penal Code would make those guilty of the offense of running an unlicensed radio station subject to two to six years in prison and a fine of 100 to 300 days' minimum wage, along with the seizure of the station's assets, as well as be unable to obtain a radio station concession for five years.

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    You can't revive what's dead, but if you recall the saga of the Tabasco indigenous radio station that's never had a permit/concession and has been sitting idle for 10 years, now a federal deputy wants action taken to "rescue" the station.

    The station is "XHNAC-FM" La Voz de los Chontales, in Nacajuca (the spiritual successor to the long-dead XENAC). Araceli Madrigal Sánchez (PRD) wants the station to get back on track after suffering damage, loss of equipment, and of course, getting the correct concessions.

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    IFT-6 continues to be a bust, as with the dropping out of two more bidders, just 14 interested parties will vie for 31 stations.

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    With a month left in IFT president Gabriel Contreras's term and the Senate yet to name a successor, it appears the future of the post is getting pretty political.

    Yesterday, David Páramo for Excélsior warned that forces attempting to "recapture the regulator" are in play, and so too is one name in particular: Adolfo Cuevas Teja.

    Known to dedicated IFT meeting notes readers as the guy who thinks there should be a bazillion concesiones únicas, Commissioner Cuevas Teja elicits mixed reactions. One person called him an "aviator" who left Cofetel once to try to enter politics for the PRI in his home state of Hidalgo. His record includes a vote against the audience guidelines still awaiting a hearing at the Supreme Court and against the resolution declaring Televisa preponderant in the pay TV business.

    Páramo believes naming Cuevas Teja the commissioner would result in a return to the bad old days of Cofetel.

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    Concession renewals make you ask all sorts of questions, and for Nicolás Lucas of El Economista, the question was this: why did GRC pay so little for some of its Mexico City concession renewals?

    The IFT apparently set a concession payment of 7,359,374 pesos for the renewal of XEINFO-AM, when it should have been 10,722,149 pesos. For 88.1 XHRED-FM, it assessed a payment of 25,769,707 pesos, but between the market size and population covered by this Mexico City station, it should have been 71,025,104 pesos.

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    Speaking of renewals, or failure to renew, the Nuevo León state network has finally admitted what we knew all along. They lost 5 stations for good.

    XHBER, XHBUS, XHGBN, XHMYN, and XHZAR had their permits end in 2010. The applications to renew the stations were filed 10 months late, apparently as an omission.

    If the Nuevo León state network wanted to end the permit discontinuity, it could take a year or more to get the stations back, and the IFT may not make stations in the areas available in 2018 PABF because new stations in much of Nuevo León require FCC coordination and the agency has been reticent to make stations available in the border region by way of the annual PABF.

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    TV Azteca was assessed a fine in 2015 for broadcasting with lower than authorized power in Saltillo. Now their legal challenge to that ruling will be heard by the Supreme Court.

    The network believes that two portions of the LFTR are unconstitutional. Article 298, Section B, Subsection IV stipulates that concessionaires can be fined 1 to 3 percent of their annual revenues for "other violations to this Law, guidelines, administrative rulings, fundamental technical plans and other guidelines issued by the IFT, as well as violations of concessions or authorizations that are not expressly considered in this law". Article 299 relates to the determination of annual revenues. Azteca believes that determining the fines based on revenue, not income or profit, makes the fines excessive.
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    The Great Breakup of Televisa Radio and Radiorama appears to be spreading.

    Several days ago, Los 40 disappeared from León, apparently. The social media accounts have not been active since July 28.

    The Radiorama Bajío Twitter account runs down their stations: "León: Tu Recuerdo 101.5 FM, Estéreo Vida 90.3FM, @ FM Leon 99.3 FM, 93.1 FM, Éxtasis Digital 95.9 FM, Fiesta Mexicana 102.3 FM".

    As that indicates, this is a large cluster making a new format hard to figure out. The @FM format would be logical but is already airing on XHSD.

    XHY Celaya, from the same cluster, appears to have said goodbye to the format for a different reason. Nearly six months ago, it exited Radiorama orbit and went to Corporación Bajío Comunicaciones as 96.7 Radio Lobo, which appears to be running the same format, not necessarily //, to its XESAG-AM 1040. XESAG will probably not be migrating to FM as one station was made available for second wave migration and XEZH likely took priority.

    Culiacán XHWS went La Bestia Grupera last month, though more due to changes in Sinaloa radio than anything. It competes with a Ke Buena, too.

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    AM listeners in Ciudad Juárez will want to take note of a format change on 1560 AM.

    XEJPV is now sports "Radio Deportiva".
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    Seeing ROJo

    So the RPC has some new documents, and this one today is a total headscratcher. It is so baffling and out of line with what's actually happening that I currently do not suggest it be added to databases until I have an idea of what the heck is happening.

    To understand why, I'm going to point to an entry I did in November 2015. It is a history of social wolf XHROJ-FM 104.3 Cancún.

    XHROJ, to summarize, was founded as XHFMC-FM. Within a month, the original applicant's legal representative had the callsign changed to reflect his own last name, and the station came on air as a permit wolf being operated by, of all companies, Grupo ACIR. It was known as Yaakun FM (Mayan for "Caring") and had an adult contemporary format. ACIR's connection was initially evident in the website being used by the station and the fact that ACIR owned the trademarks covering its name and logo.

    Then, suddenly, in January 2013, XHROJ began a new era. Today, it's QFM, under the auspices of newspaper publisher Quequi and with a format type that I call English classic hits (or ECH) — which, in Mexico, is kinda popular among social wolves. Note that the permit never changed hands, and the Fundación Maya Cancún, A.C. is still on the books.

    So this document really needs to be explained.

    It describes a frequency change for XHROJ from 104.3 to 103.5 MHz. The station is mounted 65 meters up on a tower in Cancún and broadcasts with 2.84 kW ERP. It was requested in June 2013 and approved in July 2014 but did not hit the RPC until now.

    The tower described is the XHYI-FM tower. There's that Grupo ACIR again! I correctly predicted XHROJ had been here at some point given how many bays that tower has and the existing ACIR connection.

    I also find it odd that Rojano Sahab was still on the books in 2014. Weeks before the formal inauguration of QFM, Quequi ran a full-page story declaring Rojano "an abuser of telecommunications", which described him as a "terrible" scammer who tricks concessionaires of cable systems in.

    There is some sort of FM stick at the Quequi offices, which I have as the location for Mexican FM Station Coordinates (a foundational document for the WTFDA DB).

    As if that wasn't enough, attempting to find Yaakun on its new 103.5 turned up some chatter on Facebook. Start reading the comments here. Mentions of Yaakun "returning" in December 2014 on 103.5. Of it being on the Mérida-Puerto Juárez highway (which matches the description in the document of the XHYI-XHROJ tower).

    Of it being on the air in 2016: "En cancun se escucha muy bien solo que no tienen mucha variedad serán a lo mucho 30 canciones del repertorio y las repiten todo el tiempo. Pero muy buena. 103.5 fm" (You can hear it well in Cancún, they just don't have a lot of variety...the same 30 songs over and over. But very good. 103.5 FM)

    And a Facebook review as early as this week! This! Week!

    The questions are these:

    -Yaakun might be on 103.5, with zero web presence and a format of who knows. It's probably on the XHYI tower if so.

    -What of QFM 104.3? Have they been swindled by Rojano Sahab? They were on XHROJ's frequency at the same time as XHROJ was between 2013 and 2014. Are they now a pirate?

    -If 103.5 and 104.3 are both on the air in Cancún, only one can be the real XHROJ. Now what?
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    The National Electoral Institute unexpectedly dove into the radio programming controversy of the year so far, the movement at Radio y Televisión de Nuevo León.

    The INE has requested monitoring of XHQI-FM's new programming to determine if it contains governmental propaganda and comment from Governor Jaime Rodríguez Calderón to see if he authorized the change in format at the station.
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    They're off and running in IFT-6, the rather disappointing TV auction. Bids begin this morning, and in a bid to improve transparency, we may know the bidders as soon as today.

    The big surprise is that some of the markets still in are small, while Monterrey and Tijuana already are on the chopping block. Surprises like Acaponeta-Tecuala, Agualeguas, Cuencamé and Champotón are still in play. The big prize is Mexico City, of course.
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    I don't have a lot of time, but we got the winning bidders for most of the IFT-4 stations.

    http://www.ift.org.mx/sites/default/..._inicial_a.pdf

    Tele Saltillo took the Saltillo station, leaving Chetumal, Puerto Vallarta, Chihuahua and Delicias as the last four stations being fought over: http://www.ift.org.mx/sites/default/...ubsecuente.pdf

    Note the presence of some familiar IFT-4 names as well as

    Radio Comunicación Gamar - Grupo Garza Limón
    Multimedios Televisión and Televisión Digital - Hoo boy.
    Francisco de Jesús Aguirre Gómez - As soon as I saw a folio with AF in front, I knew this had to be it. He'll get the Mexico City U.
    Telsusa Televisión México - I believe this is Albavisión, which in Mexico operates Televisa partners in the southeast. You'll want to read this: https://t.co/RvDa2yj0Fi
    Comunicación 2000 - XHSLV is expanding into Matehuala.
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    Analysis: IFT-6, Familiar Faces in New Places

    28 of the 32 TV stations from IFT-4 have been awarded. Let's take a look at the winning bidders: (Now updated with the remaining stations)

    Telsusa Televisión México - 12 stations (Campeche, Cd. del Carmen, León-Lagos del Moreno, Agualeguas NL, Puebla, Cancún, Xalapa, Veracruz Puerto, Mérida, Tizimín, Tulúm-Cozumel-Solidaridad Q. Roo, Chetumal)

    The Chetumal and central Q. Roo (Tulúm-Cozumel-Playa del Carmen) stations are still out, and there's no doubt that Telsusa is fighting for that station here. Telsusa is Albavisión in Mexico, with clear connections to Tele-Emisoras del Sureste/Comunicación del Sureste. This package combined with the existing cluster of Coatzacoalcos, Villahermosa, Tenosique, San Cristóbal-Tuxtla, and Tapachula is set to give Albavisión a near-total regional network in the south. Televisa should start being worried that they're about to lose some markets. For more on Albavisión and its owner, read the article I linked above.

    Agualeguas makes no sense. Monterrey rimshot attempt?

    Multimedios Televisión + Televisión Digital - 6 stations (Cd. Juárez, Monclova, Durango, Mexico City V, Guadalajara U, Puebla-Tlaxcala)

    MM is one of the two biggest winners in this auction, and judging by the fact that the Chihuahua-Delicias lot is still open, they've got to be fighting there in one of their most important radio markets. MM will pay just shy of US$24 million just for the Mexico City V. Their regional network becomes a lot more national with this package.

    Mexico City, Puebla, and Durango are new markets for MM in any capacity, while they have one Guadalajara FM, one Monclova FM, and one Juárez AM and an American-side LPTV.

    Compañía Periodística Sudcaliforniana - 3 stations (La Paz, Los Cabos, Puerto Vallarta)

    The Tribuna papers are rapidly turning into a multimedia force. With their paper-FM-TV combos in all three markets, they will hold a dominant position in local media in BCS and Puerto Vallarta, won after 21 rounds of bidding with a bid of over 20 million pesos.

    Radio Comunicación Gamar - 2 stations (Cuencamé and Santiago Papasquiaro, both Dgo.)

    This is Grupo Garza Limón, the number one regional broadcaster in Durango. They probably did not like losing in Durango proper to Multimedios, but their consolation prize includes Cuencamé, which at 483,000 pesos is the cheapest station sold in this auction. They will further consolidate their dominance in Papasquiaro, where they own the lone radio station.

    Radio Televisión de Nayarit - 2 stations (Tepic-Santiago Ixcuintla and Acaponeta-Tecuala, both Nay.)

    It's not clear who this is exactly, but a state network is definitely the intent here. Doesn't take much to cover this small state.

    These bidders picked up one station apiece:

    Tele Saltillo - Saltillo

    Quiero Media - Guadalajara V. This is the trade name of Ocho TV Guadalajara.

    José Guadalupe Manuel Trejo García - Uruapan. Apparently his son is Mauricio Trejo Pureco who had recently been the municipal president of San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Apparently Trejo Pureco was not a great municipal president. The Green Party nominated him despite his love of...hunting (another example of the world's worst Green Party) and he was also remembered for threats to journalists in SMA. Our concessionaire was Uruapan's interim municipal president for a time at the end of the 80s.

    Francisco de Jesús Aguirre Gómez - Mexico City U. The big question: will he pay that $24 million price?

    Comunicación 2000 - Matehuala, San Luis Potosí. XHSLV is taking its talents to Matehuala.

    Radio Operadora Pegasso - San Luis Potosí V. Is GlobalMedia entering the television business in its home market? We all know the family ties that back this company...

    Intermedia de Chihuahua - Chihuahua. Fending off a challenger (likely Multimedios), the Cabada family greatly expands its media coverage and influence in central Chihuahua.

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    Some IFT meeting minutes are up from early July, and here are some of the highlights:

    Televisa Radio sells XEBA-AM to TV Zac (NTR). You read that right. This is not Zacatecas, but a station in Guadalajara. What is NTR up to?

    Technical modifications to XHACA, XHCMR and XHDD. XHDD has also been authorized for a shadow, the first FM shadow in Nuevo León.

    Concession transfer of XHYRE to the Secretaría de Cultura —*a pro forma application tailing the establishment of this new secretariat which picked up responsibility for Radio Educación.

    Repacking authorizations for XHCNL (48 to 34) and XHMOY (44 to 32).

    All those second wave migration items (for which I will eagerly await further documents).

    Concession renewals were also on the docket.
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    One of the more interesting reads on the Mexico forum has been a user Ray.Networks who has a unique beat: anything and everything Grupo Radio Centro.

    And he's got the latest on those silent AM stations...

    "As could be seen coming as early as May 15, when GRC took four AM stations in Mexico City silent for "technical reasons", today it's been learned that Radio Centro has already ordered the dismantling of the transmitter sites of those stations.

    The parcels used for the XERC/XEJP site, in Col. La Pradera, Delegación Gustavo A. Madero, and the XEQR/XEEST site, in Col. Ramos Millán, Iztacalco, have already been sold to Grupo Inmobiliario Gigante for the construction of commercial centers, according to sources close to the situation.

    The only AM transmitters that remain for GRC are located in San Jeronimo Tepetlacalco (Tlalnepantla), home to XERED-AM 1110 and XEINFO-AM 1560, and Barrio San Miguel, Delegación Iztapalapa, which transmits XEN-AM 690.

    I have solicited information from the IFT by way of the INAI [National Transparency Institute] about the concessions for these stations, but the IFT has not replied, making me suspect favoritism toward Grupo Radio Centro given their lack of compliance with auction obligations."
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    Time for a quick IFT-6 update...which is that two bidders apiece are still fighting for the last four stations in the auction.

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    Monday marked the end of an era in Mexico City radio. The bulldog of La Más Perrona, a name in use at XEBS 1410 AM for 13 years, has been put down. It's been replaced by a new station in the same grupera format, "Bandolera 14-10 AM".
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    It's time to catch up on what happened in IFT-6. After fighting all day yesterday...

    -The Quintana Roo stations were the first to break to a bidder. That bidder was Telsusa Televisión México, S.A. de C.V., who will pay 8.5 million and 10.5 million pesos to set up shop in Chetumal and central Quintana Roo. These stations complete their total coverage network of southern Mexico and bring their haul to 12 stations.

    -Central Chihuahua broke in the next round to Intermedia de Chihuahua, S.A. de C.V. for 53.5 million pesos. This is a surprise new winner and viewers in Chihuahua Capital can look forward to a sister to XHIJ and XHILA.

    -Puerto Vallarta still hasn't gone to a bidder. Still.
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