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Made in Cuba: TV Martí’s “Estado de SATS”

Antonio G Rodiles (izq), Wilfredo Vallín(C) y Yoani Sanchez(Der) en Estado de Sats
Miami – The Cuba-based independent producer of Estado de SATS and TV Martí have united in an effort to better inform the people of Cuba as they adapt to changes on the island.

The brainchild of Antonio Rodilles, the program features content ranging from interviews with Cuban thought-leaders, to footage of live music events, to political discussions. Rodilles describes the program as “a series of public encounters focusing on ever-evolving subject matter.”

The first Cuban production to air on TV Martí, “Estado de SATS” is produced entirely in Cuba without any cost to the Miami-based broadcaster. It airs Monday through Friday at 6 p.m. and can be seen on demand anytime on Martínoticias.com.

A physicist who spent years outside of Cuba before returning to his homeland, Rodilles created the TV program to help encourage a peaceful political transition. Initially, it was to be distributed from person to person and through the Internet. Joining forces with TV Martí, Rodilles said, was a logical step.

Office of Cuba Broadcasting Director Carlos A. García-Pérez agreed: “Our job is more than broadcasting news and programming. We are a platform for Cubans to freely discuss whatever is on their mind. In a country with restricted freedom of speech we welcome the efforts of Antonio Rodilles to broaden the conversation.”

The Martís, based in Miami, Florida are operated by the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, part of the independent U.S. government agency, the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG).