The Catalan Audio-Visual Cluster denounces the possible closure of the Catalan Broadcasting Corporation (CCMA) channels that may follow the restructuring of the radioelectric domain by the central government. This measure would have a negative impact on the Catalan audio-visual sector, which is already strongly affected by the economic crisis.
The Cluster points out that several TV channels from around the country have closed over the last few years. This, along with the economic difficulties that the country faces, causes the accelerated decline of the audio-visual sector, resulting in the closure of companies, loss of jobs and brain drain. If this trend continues, the audio-visual sector could quickly face a scenario similar to that of twenty years ago: a great concentration of channels and a weak industrial fabric.
It also states that the reduction in the number of channels or the decrease in the availability of high definition pushes the Catalan sector away from the market and the European standards.
The Catalan Audio-Visual Cluster remarks that the restructuring of the radioelectric domain is a technical matter and there are several alternative solutions which can be examined when there is a strong spirit of dialogue and collaboration. Due to the current situation faced by the audio-visual industry, the Catalan Audio-Visual Cluster asks the public authorities to create a technical commission where the sector could develop new solutions for the future.