First Cultural and Scientific news initiative in Ibero-America

13 public channels will gather the “best facts” to share them with the general public
Gabriel Torres Espinoza - Photo: Luis Eduardo Noriega /EFE
Medellín, Colombia
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The Association of Ibero-American Education and Cultural Television (ATEI) presented today in Medellín the Scientific and Cultural Ibero-American News (NCC), an initiative of public channels from 13 countries to “gather” the best facts and make scientific knowledge of the region available to audiences.

The presentation took place at the Antioquia University in Colombia, detailing the birth of this new medium which has the support of 47 allies and that released today its first transmission, reproduced by the partner channels and published on the website of the ATEI – which also has an app for mobile devices.

“This effort has launched. It's been months of planning, production, creative design, public relationships and legal resources to bring together this ensemble we present today,” said the president of the ATEI and director of Channel 44 in Guadalajara (México), Gabriel Torres Espinoza.

Mexico, Spain, Germany, Colombia, Brazil, Argentina, Honduras, Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Peru, Guatemala and Costa Rica launched this “historic cooperation” which considers a weekly transmission in Spanish and Portuguese, to gain visibility on the innovation and technological activities of Ibero-America.

“It's an audiovisual piece of 28 minutes, which aims to gather the best cultural and scientific events of the region, and share them with our audiences through the main public channels in Ibero-America”, said Torres.

Through this “unprecedented cooperation”, the 47 partners (TV stations, universities, and organizations) tackled this “pending assignment” of spreading science and culture through a creative proposal.

In this project also has the participation of News agencies such as EFE, Notimex, Xinhua, AFP and Deutsche Welle.

For the director of channel La 2 of Spanish Television, Juan Manuel Hidalgo, their participation as allies in this initiative will confirm science and entertainment “aren't different worlds”.

“We were heavily focused on Europe, and we are very interested in preserving brotherhood and cultural ties with our brothers in America,” said Hidalgo, who believes a joint news project will be “very interesting.”

Among the attendees to the launch of NCC in Medellín were general director of Mexican Channel 22, Pedro Cota; executive director of Channel Zoom, Germán Pérez; director of Cultural and Cooperation Affairs of the Mexican embassy to Colombia, Ernesto Sosa; and director of digital production and innovation of the Salamanca University (Spain), Fernando Almaraz.

“Bringing to light the research done in Ibero-America is a step forward,” said Almaraz, motivated with the possibility of spreading the progress on nanotechnology.

The first four news transmissions, conducted by Mexican journalist Iván Carrillo, will air on Channel 44 in Guadalajara, where this initiative began and developed, and on September 1 they will transmit through the Public System of Radio Broadcasting of the State of Mexico.


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