I guess the Spanish government is not to be messed with.
Nine digital television channels learned that the hard way today, as the government has revoked their licenses and is forcing them to abandon their frequencies. The move comes as the government has cancelled the broadcast licenses awarded in 2010 by the previous government.
The move follows a ruling by the Spanish Supreme Court, which found that the licenses were awarded without a public auction and thus invalid.
The Union of Associated Commercial Televisions (UTECA) is furious with the move, saying that it is in "absolute disagreement and discomfort" with the decision and that it has "affected the credibility of our country" and "threatened the development of value-added services." It says that this decision will "affect a sector in crisis, that has lost 50 percent of its market in the past five years."
The government intends to reassign the frequencies by 2014. The channels affected by this ruling air low-cost programming such as tarot card reading and psychics, but many of them were owned by big hitters in the Spanish media scene, such as Antena 3, Telecinco and Sogecable, as well as smaller companies Veo TV, Net TV and La Sexta.
What do you think of this? Would you country do something like this?