Teletigre, also known as TV-9 Bogotá, was Colombia's first private television channel, owned by journalist and politician Consuelo Salgar de Montejo, who won a state bid against Caracol TV, RTI Colombia, and Producciones Punch.

Teletigre
Launched14 January 1966
Closed16 January 1971
Owned byConsuelo Salgar de Montejo
CountryColombia
Broadcast areaBogotá, Cundinamarca, Tolima, northern Huila
Replaced byTele 9 Corazón

Its signal only reached Bogotá, Cundinamarca, Tolima, and part of Huila,[1] and broadcast daily, from 17:30 to 22:30, on Channel 9, hence its alternative name.

The channel partnered with U. S. network ABC (which owned 50% of the stocks)[1] and relied on imported programming.[2] Teletigre closed for political reasons[2] (allegedly to the fact that the government was concerned of the power that it had handed to one individual, in this case Ms Salgar, in the then new mass media). Therefore the government decided not to renew the station broadcast licence to a single party. It would be replaced by Tele 9 Corazón, a local channel in state hands and, in 1972, by the Segunda Cadena, which would become a national network.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Paulo Laserna Phillips and Diego Amaral Ceballos, ed. (2004). 50 años: la televisión en Colombia: una historia para el futuro (in Spanish) (1 ed.). Zona Editores, Caracol TV. pp. 40–41. ISBN 958-96587-5-X.
  2. ^ a b Bethel, Leslie (1995). The Cambridge history of Latin America. 10. Cambridge University Press. p. 537. ISBN 0-521-49594-6.

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