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    OK, let's answer some of these.

    In re XESJC/XHESJC - This is a Promomedios California station. Getting anything out of them is harder than pulling teeth (I don't even have good format info for some of their more obscure migrants) and they've been very difficult to get QSLs from according to things I've read on the AM DX side. IFT-4 is not bringing as much radio salvation to choice-starved BCS listeners as one might have hoped, but Tribuna is building radio-TV clusters in La Paz and Los Cabos. As we've seen with XERY/XEXY, some not-well-known surrendering of migration authorizations could be at work here. As for XELBC, it's probably still on air because of the "last radio service" rule where migrants must maintain the AM if shutting it off leaves a community without any radio stations to listen to.

    XEEST - It's off. Radio Centro pulled it off the air, potentially for good, months ago (along with three other AMs, evidently in order to sell the tower site while framing it as "repairs" to the transmitter). XEINFO's site is being kept, and the Monitor/José Gutiérrez Vivó suits that have held up any regular broadcasting on the station are mostly cleared. If its migration goes through, XEINFO could end up leaving the air as well. For Grupo Siete, this is something of an upgrade. There has been an unusual amount of change at Grupo Siete this year. They've blown up the formats of most of their existing stations.
    Este programa es público, ajeno a cualquier partido político. Queda prohibido el uso para fines distintos a los establecidos en el programa.

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    Speak of the devil, XEEST signs on again October 2 to leave XEINFO dark, probably letting that station be prepared for migration...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Hauser View Post

    Facebook page says it's XEINFO:
    https://www.facebook.com/pg/Quiereme...=page_internal

    Webstream was airing a Spanish Apostolic religious program "La Red
    Apostolica" , but the web site itself seems to suggest a romantic /
    oldies format.
    Most AM-only stations get revenues airing esoteric, pseudo-scientific and religious programming in dead hours. Even XEQ-940 which claims to be a "24-hour salsa" station, has a lot of that content.

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    Gabriel is back on top.

    After a confusing process in which one senator, María Marcela Torres Peimbert (PAN-Qro.) claimed extra votes were cast, the Senate restored Gabriel Contreras to the presidency of the IFT by an 81-27-4 vote. A two-thirds majority was required, and Contreras succeeded by several votes. 27 votes went to María Elena Estavillo Flores, who was primarily supported by the PRD, PT and Morena, and there were four null votes.
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    It could soon be a serious crime to operate a pirate radio station.

    The Radio and Television Commission in the Chamber of Deputies approved previously discussed changes to the federal penal code that would add new penalties for pirate operators. They could face fines of between 100 and 300 days' wages and/or two to six years in prison. It also prevents ex-pirates from applying for concessions.

    It was opposed by Virgilio Caballero (Morena), who claimed that the proposed changes would force indigenous and community stations without concessions off the air. Proponents are attempting to make a fine division between pirate and community stations.

    The bill now passes to the full Chamber of Deputies, where it will likely be successful, and then will get a hearing in the Senate.
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    Perhaps licensing authorities from countries like Guatemala and Haiti could learn a thing or two from a country like México. The FM radio spectrum in those two countries is a real nightmare.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Thomas View Post
    Perhaps licensing authorities from countries like Guatemala and Haiti could learn a thing or two from a country like México. The FM radio spectrum in those two countries is a real nightmare.
    Enforcement capacity is another issue. It becomes very politically charged when indigenous communities enter the mix as is the case in much of this region. Application of harsher penalties could reinforce long-standing systemic inequities in broadcasting availability and access. In addition, many community broadcasters are ex-pirates.

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    From community stations to public stations, Chihuahua is fishing for a state network.

    Javier Corral, the current governor, has a media background. So it's no surprise to see that the state is looking to finally get into broadcasting with some bite, including 13 radio and 12 TV transmitters which were applied for in August. Public radio is hard to come by in the state, as the only public stations operating are those of the Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua in Chihuahua Capital and Ciudad Cuauhtémoc. The state's public television service is Canal Once, which has transmitters in Delicias, Cuauhtémoc and Chihuahua Capital.

    In the governor's report to the state legislature, it was noted that the state government hopes for concession approvals at the end of the year or January 2018. The state is modeling its financing model for the potential new state network on SIZART (Zacatecas), which receives 25 million pesos of public funding and obtains the rest from advertising sales (somehow) and programming.

    The head of the SITATYR union in Chihuahua, however, thinks this would be an excessive cost given the current situation in the state.

    Chihuahua is one of a handful of states that has never had a non-university public radio or television service. The others are Baja California and Durango.

    A particular difficulty will be finding a way to get into Ciudad Juárez, which is one of the country's most spectrum-saturated cities.
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    What is permissible with regard to advertising on public stations in Mexico?

    The rules in the USA allow material that sounds a lot like an ad. There are of course some limits but they're looser than many people think.
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    Quote Originally Posted by w9wi View Post
    What is permissible with regard to advertising on public stations in Mexico?

    The rules in the USA allow material that sounds a lot like an ad. There are of course some limits but they're looser than many people think.
    Article 88 of the LFTR lists the acceptable sources of income for public stations.

    Besides public financing (from the budget), stations may receive funds from:

    -Donations from Mexican citizens or from international institutions

    -The sale of previously broadcast programs or services, but not advertising

    -Sponsorships

    -Financing projects and co-investment to produce and broadcast programming "matching the objectives of the service"

    -Co-investment projects with other local, state and federal agencies.

    Article 89 lists the acceptable funding sources for social stations:

    -Donations, as well as contributions from the communities the station serves

    -The sale of previously broadcast programs or services, but not advertising

    -Resources from public entities to produce noncommercial programs

    -Renting studios or providing services, such as recording, editing and post-production

    -Co-investment projects with other social broadcast media ("social media" but not in the Facebook sense)

    There is one additional source (Article 89, item VII) that is unique to social community and social indigenous stations. Federal public entities are required to (and state and local agencies may) direct 1% of their annual advertising budget to these stations. Compliance with the 1% rule has been particularly slow. (Also, despite being the image in the article, XEJMN is public and not eligible for the 1% rule.)
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    The announcement that XEFAJ, S.A. de C.V., the concessionaire of XEINFO-AM, has made its payment to move to FM spurred several articles, and with them, an unusual reply from the concessionaire that ran in El Financiero. I've translated it here...

    "With regard to the column written by Raymundo Riva Palacio [yesterday] in this newspaper, we make the following observations:

    Since we bought 100 percent of the station from Infored and José Gutiérrez Vivó in September of 2007 (authorized by Cofetel in December), XEFAJ, S.A. de C.V., has had as its sole proprietors the brothers Eduardo and Guillermo Henkel, as well as Eduardo Henkel Rojas. As such, we categorically reject the accusations made by Riva Palacio claiming that third parties have had any shares in the station.

    Since September 2007, the absolute control of XEFAJ has always been exercised by the Henkel family, in full compliance with the law, and with the knowledge of regulators, its signal was radiated from land owned by Grupo Radio México [should be Grupo Radio Centro -RH], as XEFAJ's own transmission equipment was located there, as is common in the world of AM radio, in order to keep the station viable in Mexico City.

    It was because of this economic and technical convenience that we began leasing XEINFO.

    105.3 FM will be a new and independent station with new programming, and we will add a dynamic FM station to the dial as audiences have demanded.

    -Eduardo Henkel and Pérez Castro
    Legal representative, XEFAJ"

    I want XHINFO-FM to be a new station. They have a tremendous opportunity ahead of them. So far, however, GRC has taken all programming control since 2008.

    It is worth noting that the brief use of 1560 to carry Quiéreme (instead of 1440) ended on October 2.
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