No More Fox News in Spain

19 May 2011 UPDATE: As of 2 days ago, after being off-air for about a week, Fox News returns to Spanish satellite Canal+ TV.

The fact is, I’ve never spent much time watching Fox News here in Spain, on Canal+ satellite, except for their occasional coverage on natural disasters, accidents, highway car chases, and (alleged) boys caught in runaway air balloons. They always have great from-the-helicopter coverage.

The other day I was scanning the Canal+ news channels like TVE24Horas, InfoMeteo (weather), CNBC, Bloomburg, BBC World, CNN International, France24 (in English), Al Jazeera (yes, really, and in English!), and EuroNews. Oddly enough, the Fox News channel was still there in its place, channel 76, right between CNN & France 24, but no emission. The Fox News logo was stoically on the center of a black screen with the words “ESTE SERVICIO HA FINALIZADO SUS EMISIONES” underneath. No other explanation was given.

So I went to the Canal+ website of channels, searched for Fox News – there is was. But when I clicked on the program schedule it too showed as “Fin de Emisión“.

Fox News is gone from Spain’s Canal+ satellite lineup. I guess that’s not altogether a surprise. Without getting too political, the Fox News reputation exceeds its American borders and the average Spaniard doesn’t think too highly of it. (no, I didn’t stand on the street corner with pad-and-paper taking a poll) It’s probably partly that and also partly that your average Spaniard is quite a bit more left-thinking than your average Fox News viewer – even if that Spaniard is a card-carrying member of the (right-wing) Partido Popular Party. So maybe Fox News, or Canal+ itself, didn’t think Spain was a good fit for it. Or maybe their market share was low. Who really knows the truth besides the Canal+ people themselves. I’ve done Google searches for more info but none could be found. Guess it’ll remain a mystery for now.

 
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4 Responses to No More Fox News in Spain

  1. Wendy says:

    I’ll try to refrain from alluding to p/inc comments – but could you make Fox leave the US also please? Love the power of the consummer!

  2. Marti says:

    Go figure, Canal+ satellite got rid of the only American 24/7 news channel they offered. Spain is approaching election season, and Canal+ is owned by the left-wing media conglomerate Grupo Prisa. The incumbent socialist government is not doing well in the public opinion polls, so they have reasons to shut down foreign media.

    • MadridMan says:

      I guess I can see why they’d shut down Fox News here in Spain. Afterall, why would Spaniards be interested in highway car chases in California, balloon-boys in Kansas, or even state politics in the USA? At least CNN International has not only those things but also a lot of international news. I doubt local Spanish politics have much to do with the reasons for the demise of Fox News. Grupo Prisa, left-wing or not, is a corporation interested in making money above all else.

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