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Televisora Regional del Tachira

The Televisora Regional del Tachira (TRT) is a privately owned Venezuelan regional television network based in the city of San Cristobal in Tachira. Including Tachira, TRT can be seen in the southern part of the Zulia, northeastern Barinas, and northern Apure in Venezuela. It's signal can also be seen in Colombia in the Norte de Santander Department and northern Arauca Department. It broadcasts on channel six.


In early 1983, a group of businessmen from Tachira came up with the idea to establish a television network in Tachira with the purpose of promoting the regions culture. Later, other businessmen from other areas in Venezuela became involved.

The company Televisora Regional del Tachira, S.A., was established in March 1984 and on February 17, 1988, the company received a broadcast license from the Venezuelan Ministry of Transportation and Communications (Ministerio de Transporte y Comunicaciones). In early 1989, the construction of the transmitting station located on a hill named "Gallinero" in Palmira, Guasimos municipality, was completed. This transmitting station enabled TRT to finally go on the air. TRT's signal reaches most of Tachira, parts of Apure, parts of Zulia, the northern part of the Arauca Department in Colombia, and some parts of the Norte de Santander Department in Colombia.

On July 24, 1989, TRT began testing their signal on channel six. It's test signal constisted of a color test pattern and the network's music. On October 15, 1989, at 8pm, a soccer (football) game was broadcasted from the Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo stadium in the city of San Cristobal. It was on Friday, November 24, 1989, that the inaugural ball was celebrated in San Cristobals opera house . This was when TRT began its regular programming.

With the need to improve their coverage, another transmitting station , was constructed, and finally became functional on March 25, 1994. This new transmitting station completely covered the Norte de Santander Department in Colombia, the southern part of Zulia, the Zamora municipality in Barinas, the Paez Municipality in Apure, and improved it's signal in Tachira.


You can see TRT's programming chart for this week at: http://www.televisoradeltachira.com/contenido/programacion/adjuntar/programacion.jpg. For those who can't read in the Spanish language, "Lunes" is "Monday", "Martes" is "Tuesday", "Miercoles" is "Wednesday", "Jueves" is "Thursday", "Viernes" is "Friday", "Sabado" is "Saturday", and "Domingo" is "Sunday". When a show is labeled with the letters PN, it means that the show is made in Venezuela.


The host of the program "Cafe con Azocar", Gustavo Azocar, was arrested on March 6, 2006 by the metropolitan police of Tachira after a complaint filed by ex-prosecutor Ana Casanova in the year 2000 over alleged irregularities in the broadcast of advertisements for the state lottery on Radio de San Cristobal (now know as 1060 AM), where Azocar worked as a general coordinator. Radio Nacional de Venezuela -> Periodista Gustavo Azocar sera juzgado en libertad

On November 20, 2007, Venezuelan Congressperson Iris Varela, upon leaving the studios of TRT after an interview earlier that morning, had an encounter with Gustavo Azocar, were she hit him several times before finally leaving. Varela, in a telephone interview with Globovision, claimed that her fight with Azocar was provoked because Azocar used slander against her and made a hurtful statement about her dead son.

See also

List of Venezuelan over-the-air television networks and stations

External links

Official Site

Video of Iris Varela on "Cafe con Azocar" (Courtesy of CNN)

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