TV Azteca files complaint against Cofetel head

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Mexican broadcast giant TV Azteca has filed a complaint against telecoms regulator Cofetel's head, Mony de Swaan, and its verification and monitoring unit head, Manuel Gerardo MacFarland González, for their alleged omissions regarding Telmex's (NYSE: TMX) supposed concession violations, local press reported.

TV Azteca recently accused Telmex of violating its concession terms by broadcasting the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara and Formula 1 racing on its internet service Uno TV.

"The broadcast and/or distribution of television signals that Telmex performed or performs through its telecommunications network is illegal, since it is providing a service for which... the company does not have a license or permit," TV Azteca said.

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TV Azteca asserts that even though both officials are aware of Telmex's violations, De Swaan and MacFarland have failed to take the necessary administrative actions against Telmex, which would result in sanctions according to the country's federal telecommunications law.

The company has called for an investigation to determine the officials' administrative responsibilities.