Mexican lawmakers attack media law


MEXICO CITY -- Federal lawmakers on Wednesday said they are pushing to modify a controversial media law thanks to growing pressure to open Mexico's concentrated broadcast TV market to more competition.

The law's critics fear that legislation passed last year will allow Mexico's powerful television duopoly to strengthen its dominant grip on the broadcast TV market.

The Supreme Court this week has been reviewing a challenge from a group of senators who claim the legislation, dubbed the "Televisa Law," is unconstitutional.

Opponents contend the law gives Mexican media giants Televisa and TV Azteca an unfair advantage by allowing them to gain additional spectrum, while in turn making it more difficult for new players, like NBC Universal's Telemundo, to enter the market.

Legislators from President Felipe Calderon's National Action Party and the center-left Party of the Democratic Revolution told reporters Wednesday that they will push for reform regardless of the Supreme Court's decision.

Opponents have accused the two broadcasters of backroom dealing in the heat of last year's elections. Televisa denied the accusations. TV Azteca had no comment.