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    DURANGO AND VITORIA, BASQUE REGION, SPAIN

    A television station in the autonomous Basque region of Spain will open in January and final preparations are now under way to make the Basque government's nationalist dream a reality.

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    DURANGO:
    1. GV & CU Traffic on highway in front of new Basque television station and sign for station (2 shots) 0.18
    2. GV PAN Construction site and new television centre 0.29
    3. CU Symbol for ETB on television monitor 0.33
    4. GVs & SVs Studios and monitors; technicians at work (5 shots) 0.59
    5. SV Mobile broadcasting van 1.03
    6. SV INTERIOR Equipment inside broadcast van 1.06
    7. GVs & SVs New equipment, monitors, lights, waiting to be unpacked and installed (3 shots) 1.17
    8. SV PAN Lights in studio 1.27
    9. GV & SV Cameraman in studio (3 shots) 1.42
    VITORIA:
    10. SV Ramon Labayen, Minister of Culture for the Basque government, speaks in his office (SOT) 2.57
    TRANSCRIPT: LABAYEN (SEQUENCE 10): "Well, we are beginning with the Basque television in a few days. The Vasco government has created that specifically Basque network because we believe that no language can hold in any part of the world if it's not spoken through the television. So, in a sense, obviously, the Basque television is going to be a television in which Basque is used mostly as the usual language and Spanish is used only in exception circumstances. Well, during the realisation of the project we have had many difficulties with the Spanish central government,many difficulties with the Spanish television. We didn't find them much help in Madrid. Well, I can say we found them just to the contrary....Anyhow, well, Basque television is here. The problem of the television banks, of the television channels, of the frequency, has been more or less solved. We are not unduly worried about that; we are just going to start on January the first, according to the polls given to us by our own Basque statue of autonomy."
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    Background: DURANGO AND VITORIA, BASQUE REGION, SPAIN

    A television station in the autonomous Basque region of Spain will open in January and final preparations are now under way to make the Basque government's nationalist dream a reality. At the television centre in Durango, equipped with the most up-to-date technology, studio furnishings are being installed and technicians are making last-minute checks. In Vitoria, the Minister of Culture in the Basque government, Mr Ramon Labayen, said the station planners had encountered many difficulties with Spanish central government and the communications industry. He said the station would service programmes in the Basque language with Spanish being used only in exceptional circumstances. Basque autonomy was granted in 1980, following a referendum the previous year. Almost 90 per cent of the voters approved a government plan to finally implement the autonomy promised nearly 50 years earlier, in the 1936 Statute of Guernica. The violence which has marked the Basque struggle for autonomy has still not ended. Many Basques feel their hard-won advantages are being undermined by the Spanish government. The latest incident involved the killing of two Spanish civil guards at the Iran border railway station on December 29. Previous attacks against civil guards in the Basque country have been claimed by ETA (Basque Homeland and Freedom). Under the present system, the Basque autonomous government has authority over a wide range of health, social and economic matters. But ETA is fighting for a completely independent Basque state, free of any Spanish influence.

    Source: INAKI AIZPUIU ZUBITUR

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    Film ID:
    VLVADRUSJC65D836MZ1SEG8JET647
    Media URN:
    VLVADRUSJC65D836MZ1SEG8JET647
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    30/12/1982
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:57:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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