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    File this in the crumb drawer:

    November 12, 2016:

    There's also XEFNDH 1290 at San Mateo Yoloxochitlán, Oaxaca (no idea how those calls got there).
    Now I have an idea thanks to some buried transparency filings. This was (almost certainly) to have been an indigenous station to be awarded to the Fraternidad Nacional de Organizaciones de Derechos Humanos.

    An FM application from this group for the same locality was thrown out by the IFT, with the given reason being "Application dismissed for failure to respond to a written request".
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    Testing has begun for 89.7 XHPBUG-FM San Andrés Cohamiata, Jalisco.

    This 130-watt station (broadcasting from a tower site with 467 m HAAT) will bring indigenous programming in Wixárika to communities in a remote region of the state. It is being administered by the Universidad de Guadalajara though it is not part of the UDG radio network. They're finding that the service area is larger than they had expected.

    Authorization for job positions and training are all that need to be completed before the station can begin regular operations.
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    And speaking of the Universidad de Guadalajara, program service begins on the 31st for XHPBGZ-TDT (RF 11) Ciudad Guzmán-Zapotlán el Grande, Jalisco. The new station will serve an estimated 180,000 people from a transmitter site to the south of the city on Cerro de la Escalera shared with C7 transmitter XHGZG-TDT. It is one of two new TV transmitters expected to be put into service this year to extend the reach of its Canal 44 university station. The other is XHPBLM-TDT, on RF channel 9, in Lagos de Moreno.

    Both stations will use virtual channel 44.

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    New stations were also a subject of discussion this week thanks to a story out of Reforma on the new IFT-4 stations. Around 50 of the 141 stations have approved technical parameters, with some 20 that were submitted but needed modifications to be granted. Most of the station plans should have been cleared by February. He expects approved stations to start coming on soon, saying one is already on air (I believe it's more like three or four, at least).

    One of those stations, part of Grupo Vox in Michoacán (La Voz del Viento), is Class A XHPQGA-FM 88.9, for which installation work began on Monday. (Yes, that's a G, not an R.)
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    I hope people in Aguascalientes like ranchera music, because that's what they'll be getting from the state's only IFT-4 station.

    XHPLVI-FM 99.7 Calvillo, awarded to Grupo Ultra, will apparently take the Radio Ranchito format, also used on Ultra's XHRPA-FM in Morelia. A job opening is among the pieces of evidence for the chosen format.

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    There's more room at the inn in Mexico City, the IFT says, at least for commercial digital television.

    That's one of the highlights in this interview with Alejandro Navarrete, which also notes that IFT-8 will likely feature 127 FM and 52 AM frequencies.
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    First on the Mexico Beat: Callsigns Ahoy for IFT-6

    The first four IFT-6 TV stations are in the RPC, and lo and behold, so too are their callsigns

    XHRTNA-TDT 27, Acaponeta-Tecuala, Nay. (Radio-Televisión Digital de Nayarit)
    XHRTTS-TDT 26, Tepic-Santiago Ixcuintla, Nay. (Radio-Televisión Digital de Nayarit)
    XHFAMX-TDT 28, Mexico City (Francisco Aguirre Gómez)
    XHCOSL-TDT 33, Matehuala, SLP (COmunicación 2000)

    MONDAY EDIT: We have more...

    XHICCH-TDT 30, Chihuahua (Intermedia de Chihuahua)
    XHMTCO-TDT 33, Monclova, Coah. (Multimedios Televisión)
    XHMTCH-TDT 28, Ciudad Juárez, Chih.
    XHMTDU-TDT 29, Durango, Dgo.
    XHMTPU-TDT 15, Puebla, Pue.
    XHCPPV-TDT 27, Puerto Vallarta (Compañía Periodistica Sudcaliforniana)
    XHCPCS-TDT 35, Cabo San Lucas, BCS
    XHCPBC-TDT 23, La Paz, BCS
    XHQMGU-TDT 9, Guadalajara (Quiero Media)
    XHROSL-TDT 10, San Luis Potosí (Radio Operadora Pegasso)

    TUESDAY EDIT: Add...

    XHRCDU-TDT 30, Cuencamé, Dgo. (Radiocomunicación Gamar)
    XHRCSP-TDT 22, Santiago Papasquiaro, Dgo.
    XHTDJA-TDT 34, Guadalajara, Jal. (Televisión Digital)
    XHTDMX-TDT 11, Mexico City
    XHTSCO-TDT 36, Saltillo, Coah. (Tele Saltillo)
    XHJGMI-TDT 15, Uruapan, Mich. (José Guadalupe Manuel Trejo García — note, this is corrected from prior reporting)

    WEDNESDAY: Like Telsusa Televisión México?

    XHTMBR-TDT 29, Veracruz
    XHTMYC-TDT 24, Mérida
    XHTMYU-TDT 27, Tizimín-Valladolid, Yuc.
    XHTMQR-TDT 32, Cancún
    XHTMGJ-TDT 36, León
    XHTMCH-TDT 20, Chetumal
    XHTMPT-TDT 32, Puebla-Tlaxcala
    XHTMNL-TDT 20, Agualeguas, NL
    XHTMVE-TDT 19, Xalapa
    XHTMCA-TDT 27, Campeche
    XHTMTU-TDT 19, Tulúm
    XHTMCC-TDT 25, Ciudad del Carmen
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    A couple more callsigns from authorizations for new community FM stations.

    Yati Ne Casti, A.C., will be building 94.1 XHYAT-FM somewhere in the Juchitán, Oaxaca, area. The COL is Ixtepec-Comitancillo-Juchitán-Ixtaltepec-Santo Domingo Chihuitán-Santiago Laollaga.* The legal domicile of Yati Ne Casti is in Asunción Ixtaltepec, but information on the applicant remains scarce. There is probably no connection to a former pirate on the same frequency, community station Radio Huave, which like other community stations in the region spearheaded opposition to a large wind farm.

    While it might still be technically to be built, XHIXMI-FM 107.7 in Ixmiquilpan, Hidalgo, owned by Familia Brillante, A.C., can probably be considered operational. As reported here two months ago, it is the religious station Radio La Brillante.

    *Still not as long a defined service area as XHEDI-FM!
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    How do you celebrate your TV station's birthday?

    You sign on its first repeater (even if they are quick to remind it's a separate concession) and produce hours of programming from a different city.

    XHPBGZ-TDT 11 (44) went into formal service today, beginning a crusade to expand Canal 44's broadcast footprint in Jalisco. The Lagos de Moreno transmitter is probably next, and there are also plans for Puerto Vallarta, though in Vallarta an SPR application trumped the initial U de G bid and they do not yet have a concession there at this time. The goal is to cover 80 percent of the state. Lagos should sign on within four months, with Vallarta projected for the end of the year, though that will of course require an additional concession. Of course, each new transmitter means the U de G can exercise its must-carry rights to get on the cable systems in the region.

    The U de G had begun radio transmissions to the area in November 2001 on XHGZ-FM/Jal. (formerly XHUGG-FM) 94.3. There is a mention of an application for a power increase for this station to expand its coverage.

    Canal 44's director, Gabriel Torres Espinoza, did an interview. He also mentions that the university wants to increase its local production from the different regions of the state.
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    Clearing the Metro Permit Backlog

    The December 19 IFT meeting had the most interesting set of radio concession award resolutions I've seen in a long time. Not only were the markets large cities, but they were also being handled in a comparative style to clear a years-long backlog of applications for permits.

    The IFT tackled Zacatecas, Los Mochis, Hermosillo and Cancún at the time. We still don't know all of who got radio stations, particularly in Zacatecas and Cancún. It appears likely, judging from what we know about Adolfo Cuevas Teja and the fact his concurring opinions are our only clue at this time, that these will be new broadcasters.

    Here's a wrap-up of those:

    Zacatecas: New broadcaster?; Universidad Autónoma de Durango. 3 applications not awarded

    Los Mochis: New broadcaster, maybe?; Universidad Autónoma de Durango; Universidad Autónoma de Sinaloa; Sinaloa, Arte y Gloria

    Hermosillo: Secretaría de Cultura; Universidad Autónoma de Durango; Democracia y Deliberación Desértica; Organiden

    Cancún: 2 new broadcasters

    This new strategy may point the way forward for new types of comparative management of permit applications, especially in major cities. In some of these areas, awards could not have been made without 400 kHz station spacing.

    A case in point is Culiacán. In April 2016, the IFT shelved five separate resolutions to award radio stations in Sinaloa's capital.

    The applicants in Culiacán were Fundación Garza Limón; Fundación Ecoforestal; Valores y Tradiciones de mi Tierra; Universidad Autónoma de Durango; and Suma Radio.

    We don't know much about two of these applicants, the third makes sense (the award of this station would now give it coverage of all three of Sinaloa's large metros, as they already had a Mazatlán outlet and they just got one in Mochis), and the other two are known wolves.

    Other large metros with multiple unresolved permit applications include:

    Morelia. I put Morelia here because one of the permit applications here is related to one that was granted in Hermosillo. When Radio Educación, then under the SEP, applied for its first repeaters, it selected Mérida, Hermosillo and Morelia for its first sites. Mérida was awarded at the time. It took until now to get Hermosillo. Morelia would complete the mix.

    Querétaro. It might be an open question whether there's even room here for more stations, but there were at least two applicants for a station here.

    I'm sure there are more. With 400 kHz spacing, some of these can finally be handled. There are also a number of applications in Tijuana, where there are available frequencies the IFT is for some reason reluctant to award (such as 97.7).
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    So if you've been reading me lately, you'll know that I've been baffled by the rise of Grupo Acustik more than almost anything I've ever seen in Mexican broadcasting.

    I've been attempting to grapple with the question, "How do you go from a pirate radio station and a questionable social wolf in Cancún to Brozo, Javier Solórzano, and a national network in two years?". The firepower of their on-air talent is extremely high.

    In all of this, I've struggled to put the final piece of the puzzle into place. A project of this size in Mexican broadcasting requires not only financial resources, but connections. Especially political ones. We'd heard reporting that connected Acustik to a former PRI governor of Quintana Roo, Joaquín Hendricks Díaz.

    A column today out of SDP Noticias might have some of these answers. It's from Federico Arreola. The title is "Brozo y Solórzano en el canal de TV en el que Moreno Valle lava dinero con El Rojo Arandia". Now, I'm not expecting you to know who those last two people are, so we're going to break this one down nice and slow.

    The first part of this dropped from Reforma today (summary; Reforma has a paywall). This story connects Juan Vergara, the former Quintana Roo state treasurer, to Rafael Moreno Valle, who was the PAN governor of Puebla between 2010 and 2016 and comes from one of Mexico's most important political families. According to the report, Vergara, who was arrested this past Thursday, created a network of 17 businesses in order to launder funds from the governments of Chiapas, Puebla, Quintana Roo and Veracruz. Among these operations was México Travel Channel, a cable network with programming about tourism. In return for Moreno Valle funding the campaign of PAN-PRD gubernatorial candidate Carlos Joaquín González two years ago, Vergara was named the state treasurer, according to a businessman who was deposed by the PGR. Additionally, Mimenza mentioned that some of the Vergara businesses were partly owned by Verónica Acacio, a justice on the Quintana Roo state supreme court, as well as Joaquín Hendricks Díaz and his son, Edgar Hendricks Rubio. Until Vergara's arrest, he was looking to be a candidate for public office under the PAN-PRD-MC banner in Quintana Roo this summer.

    You might recognize México Travel Channel. Its parent company, LiveNetwork, was acquired by Acustik last year.

    Arreola extends this reporting and points out that the strategic investment made to acquire LiveNetwork was made by Roberto Arandia Gutiérrez. Arandia did pretty well when Rafael Moreno Valle was the governor of Puebla. (There are links in the SDP Noticias piece to additional stories in this area.) Not only that, but Arandia is also a strategic investor in Upscale Media Group, which owns La Neta Noticias. Upscale has cozied really quickly to Acustik and is rebroadcasting programming such as Informe Brozo. According to Arreola, its director is another morenovallista, Benjamín Paz.

    Moreno Valle had attempted for years to put himself in the public limelight in order to pave the way for a potential presidential bid. That did not happen, but in order for Ricardo Anaya, the Por México al Frente candidate, to keep Moreno Valle on his side, he handed over the Puebla gubernatorial candidacy to Moreno Valle's wife, Martha Erika Alonso.

    There's yet another tidbit in this article that raises eyebrows about the personalities Acustik could still potentially attract. Some of Acustik's advisors have allegedly made noise that they are in talks, which have progressed, with Carmen Aristegui, to bring one of the country's most popular journalists to Acustik and La Neta. This would be a massive coup for a media empire that two years ago did not exist.

    Essentially, the allegations raised this weekend note that behind the acquisition of LiveNetwork and México Travel Channel (now Acustik TV), the creation of Acustik at a time when there was political business to be made in Quintana Roo, and the expensive national expansion that the company has embarked on in the last year, there are most definitely political dealings and money laundering.

    It certainly explains how a company like Acustik has been able to sustain such tremendous growth.
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    The number of IFT-4 sign-ons is yet to seriously take off, but XHPTLA-FM 104.7 has taken flight in San Andrés Tuxtla, Veracruz. Programs began on Friday, February 2, for this 6 kW station.

    Mezkla FM is just the third commercial radio station in the Tuxtlas.

    Meanwhile, tower installation has begun for the other Grupo Vox (La Voz del Viento) radio station from IFT-4, XHPTAC-FM 94.5 Tacámbaro, Mich.
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