teleSUR commemorates its 12-year anniversary today — Simon Bolivar's birthday — continuing its mission of fostering an alternative media platform on behalf of the peoples of Latin America in particular, and the Global South in general, because the times demand it.
teleSUR Turns 12
In another milestone, teleSUR's transmission goes to full High Definition. Paulo Romero, vice president of operations and technology, noted that the move to HD format entails a “technological commitment that will offer greater clarity and quality to our information content.”
He added, however, that the move wouldn't compromise the alternative media's unique insignia of “providing responsible, ethical information and focused on promoting the integration of Latin America as a counterweight to large international corporations.”
teleSUR President Patricia Villegas described the switch to High Definition as a sign of the network's resistance against right-wing violence in the country.
"This is a response to the struggle of the Venezuelan people," she said.
"Many of our colleagues have to work three to four hours to get to work but this has never got in the way of our project."
Moving to HD also open teleSUR up to "enormous opportunities," particularly in countries like Argentina, where the signal is blocked, Villegas added.
For the teleSUR president, it comes as part of a bigger to ensure the people have access to a different world perspective.
"The people deserve a signal like teleSUR," she said. "If teleSUR does not share these stories, who will?"
teleSUR began broadcasting on this day in 2005. Its schedule was limited to only four hours of transmission. Later that same year, the network began transmitting on a full 24-hour schedule.
Committed to being a virtual voice for the voiceless from an anti-imperialist perspective, teleSUR was the sole network to broadcast the coup against former Honduran President Manuel Zelaya in 2009. The coverage would cement it as a trustworthy international news source.
That same year saw the news outlet expand into a multimedia platform with the establishment of its website and social media accounts.
In July 2010, teleSUR expanded its broadcast signal to numerous countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East. It also provided exclusive coverage of the humanitarian operation of unilateral hostage releases conducted by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia.
In 2011, with its signal now being picked up by 123 countries, teleSUR correspondents headed to Tripoli to report on the U.S.-led invasion of Libya.
Correspondents were established in Beijing, Brasilia, Cairo and Moscow in 2013, as well as the initiation of the use of to Sat Mex6, which allowed broadcasting to Mexico and states located in the southern region of the United States.
Some of teleSUR's most popular programs include Dossier, Open Agenda, teleSUR News, and Global Connection.
teleSUR embarked on yet another ambitious project in 2014 with the establishment of its English website in Quito, Ecuador, which would become a partner in delivering the real messages articulated by the peoples of Latin America and the world to English-speakers, combating the dissemination of mainstream corporate media.
teleSUR English would expand in 2015 and 2016 with the incorporation of video news broadcasts which are viewed by people around the world on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. Reporters and commentators appearing on the network include Abby Martin and Tariq Ali.
In the past year, teleSUR English has produced unique coverage on issues such as the tragic death of Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro; Oscar Lopez Rivera's release after spending 36 years in U.S. prison; women at the forefront of the Standing Rock Resistance in North Dakota; Afro-Colombian and Indigenous resistance in Choco and Buenaventura; the worsening political crisis emanating from the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff; and the National Constituent Assembly called by the Venezuelan government to foster a national dialogue and help bring peace to the country just to name a few.