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Lawmakers Question ¢56 Million Expenditure on TV Studio for Rodrigo Chaves

Aug 30, 2023 | Costa Rica, News & Articles | 0 comments

Deputies from the opposing factions of Frente Amplio (FA) and Liberación Nacional (PLN) have raised concerns over the spending of slightly over ¢56 million by the Presidency of the Republic to establish a television recording studio within its premises and to renovate its Press Office. This significant expenditure was revealed on Tuesday by

Many lawmakers see this expense as completely unnecessary, especially given the country’s ongoing financial struggles. Furthermore, they find it perplexing that the Presidency would opt to build this studio when the government already has access to the infrastructure, technological resources, and personnel of the National Radio and Television System (Sinart). Antonio Ortega Gutiérrez, a legislator from FA, pointed out that a quality communication channel shouldn’t equate to constructing a television producer. He stressed that Sinart has the means to support such needs and that the country should consider alternatives before committing such resources.

Amidst these challenges, the Minister of Communication, Jorge Rodríguez Vives, addressed the situation in a social media video, describing the ¢56 million TV studio as a “necessary investment” to improve the quality of images broadcasted from the Executive branch to media outlets. Rodríguez also defended the renovations to the Presidency’s Press Office, stating that the office was “old and structurally neglected”. Contrary to his claims, showed proof of their attempt to seek a comment from the Presidency regarding this expenditure, which went unanswered.


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