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Reduction in Univision Prompts Raleigh Protest

Posted July 5, 1997 12:00 a.m. EDT

— For many in the Spanish-speaking community, Univision is an important source of news, information, and entertainment. The cable channel provides programming in Spanish. But in Raleigh it's getting tougher to tune in.

No Spanish, no Time-Warner. The message itself is simple. Spanish-speaking residents want a Spanish-speaking television station. But for many, it goes deeper than that.

"The general sentiment is that it's important for news information," says concerned viewer, Meg Fugate. "Obviously that's true, but more importantly still, it's a cultural link."

That link has been cut in half by Time-Warner. More than 100 Spanish-speaking residents protested in Raleigh Saturday. They're upset because Time-Warner has cut Univision programming from 20 hours a day to just 12 hours.

The people who run Time-Warner Cable say they had to cut Univision to upgrade the cable system. Spokesperson Brad Phillips says the company is working very hard to make changes. They say the job isn't something that can be finished immediately.

Phillips says the company does plan to air Univision 24 hours a day by the year 2000. A meeting will be held July 9th to discuss the programming controversy and work on finding a solution.