Spain's audiovisual groups have decided which channels will close before 6 May if the government's position doesn't change: Xplora, Nitro, laSexta3, La Siete, Nueve, Net TV and Veo TV will all stop broadcasting within the coming weeks.
The country's free-to-air (FTA) schedule will be drastically reduced without the themed channels focusing on movies, series, soap operas and documentaries. According to the newspaper El Pais, all the media groups have now made their decisions, although no closure dates have been unveiled.
The only confirmation has come through Twitter, on which Atresmedia's VP, Mauricio Carlotti, said that the group will close Nitro, Xplora and laSexta3 if the government doesn't intercede.
Mediaset's La Siete, which had been recently restructured to become a soap opera channel, and Nueve will also stop transmitting.
Veo TV's adventure in DTT is heading towards its end. The group closed Marca TV last year and has already announced that AXN will go back to pay-TV. Regarding Net TV, the group has already said goodbye first to Intereconomia and then to MTV, currently broadcasting only a shopping channel.
The associations of the audiovisual groups and private channels have pointed to the government as being responsible for the closures, and are asking for another solution. However no more moves are expected from the Ministry of Industry.
The Spanish Government, which is also looking to reorganise the radioelectric space in order to free more slots for LTE networks, had 18 months to make a decision since the first Supreme Tribunal's sentence was published. But after several delays no alternative plan was presented and the Ministry of Industry decided to follow the tribunal's decision.