In the News: Cuban Television to Broadcast Foreign Content

Cuba will begin operating a 24-hour TV channel with mostly foreign content, the Cuban Institute of Radio and Television (ICRT) has announced. The initiative will provide Cubans with more variety amid recent criticism by intellectuals over poor television programming in the socialist nation. ICRT Vice President Luis Acosta said the new channel will provide content from about a dozen countries, but did not specify details. The move comes at a time when President Raul Castro has begun lifting what he calls “excessive prohibitions.” Since becoming the country’s first new leader in nearly half a century – succeeding his ailing brother Fidel – Castro has allowed Cubans to buy mobile phones, computers and DVD players and stay at hotels formerly reserved for tourists.

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