Colombia. The CRC published a new report on the service of free-to-air television channels in Colombia, based on data reported by the concessionaires and licensees of this service.
According to Data Flash, which follows the trend observed in 2022, during the first half of 2023, family programming accounted for more than 80% of the content on the schedules of local, regional and national channels.
In this analysis developed by the CRC, it is observed, for the first half of 2023, that 81% of the programming broadcast by open television channels was of a family nature, while 8% was intended for children's audiences, 6% for adult programming and the remaining 5% focused on content for teenagers. Among the free-to-air television channels, it was highlighted that local channels reached 89% of family programming, while private national channels reached 87% in this type of programming.
Likewise, this report included information on the origin of programming for the first time, and found that 80% of the programming broadcast during the first half of 2023 was of national origin, while the remaining 20% was of foreign origin.
On the other hand, the main accessibility mechanism for the deaf and hard of hearing population provided by open television channels in Colombia is Closed Caption, with 91% in public national channels, 90% in private national channels, 57% in regional channels and 27% in local channels.
In relation to the use of institutional spaces by open television channels in Colombia, 79% was dedicated to the CRC's broadcast plan, while the remaining 21% was assigned to the spaces defined by the regulation as fixed for political parties, consumer associations, the Colombian Institute of Family Welfare and the Minuto de Dios.
With regard to Petitions, Complaints and Claims (PQRS), it is observed that petitions accounted for 39% of the PQRS received by open television channels, followed by complaints with 35% and requests with 20%. The topic that generated the highest number of requests was programming, with 37% of the total number of PQRS. In addition, a significant decrease was noted in PQRS related to information pluralism.
"With these analyses, the Commission reaffirms its commitment to the generation of valuable information that contributes to a comprehensive vision, recognizing the hard work and efforts of the sector in the construction of a diverse and high-quality open television. We invite you to consult the source data of the report and to use an interactive dashboard to carry out additional analysis on our open data portal www.postdata.gov.co," said Ernesto Orozco, Commissioner of the Audiovisual Content Session of the CRC.