RCTV also has the local syndication rights to “24.”
Hugo Chavez is banning Jack Bauer.
Now he has gone too far.
Chavez’ government justifies the decree not to renew RCTV’s licence on the grounds of public morality. The station will be used now for “public service”–perhaps re-runs of the ever-popular “Alo Presidente?” But make no mistake about it. Chavez has no delicate moral scruples. He is shutting down RCTV because it annoys him, and because he can. And if the people of Venezuela are deprived of their weekly Jack Bauer fix? They’ll be better off not watching such a character, beside which the caricature that is Hugo Chavez cuts a very poor figure.
And that’s only the beginning, folks.