The President of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, interviewed on TV3’s ‘FAQs’ program. Newsroom
TV3 interviews four independence leaders for each one who is not a supporter of independence. This is reflected in the latest report of the Consell de l’Audiovisual de Catalunya (CAC) that has analyzed the information that appeared on TV3, channel 3/24 and Catalunya Ràdio in the second and third four-month period of 2019, that is, between the months of last May and December. In this period, TV3 carried out a total of 629 interviews, of which 364 were made to pro-independence spokespersons and 97 to people who are not partisans of independence, which is a ratio of 3.8 to one. The remaining 188 interviews were conducted with spokespersons who cannot be identified as supporters or opponents of independence.
The disproportion is even more absolute when comparing interviews with civil entities linked to the political debate. Carme Figueras, member of the CAC calculates, in her own opinion on this report, that the independence organizations were interviewed 66 times and those that are not, only six. That is, for each time the spokesperson for a non-independent entity appeared on the screen, 11 pro-independence were featured.
These proportions are similar regarding the study of the interviews carried out in the informative programs of channel 3/24. The total number of interviews was 202, of which 115 had pro-independence protagonists and only 34 were carried out with non-pro-independence interlocutors. Regarding the relationship between interviews with representatives of independent and non-independent civil associations, the CAC data indicates that it was 24 to one.
As for Catalunya Ràdio, the figures are similar. The ratio between interviews with pro-independence and non-pro-independence political leaders was 3.5 to one, while between those made to members of pro-independence and non-pro-independence associations it was 12 to one. The CAC report shows that between the ANC, Òmnium Cultural, Alert Solidària and the Associació Catalana pels Dretss Civils accounted for 89% of the interviews on TV3, 96% on 3/24 and 92% in Catalunya Ràdio.
Sirera, also a member of the CAC, also drafted a particular vote in which he
points out that the data would be even more favorable to pro-independence
spokesmen if they included journalists and permanent collaborators who defend
independence and who regularly intervene in programs such as Tot es mou or
FAQs. The CAC report does not take into account, for example, the continuous
appearances on TV3 and Catalunya Ràdio of collaborators defending the
independence cause such as Pilar Rahola or Empar Moliner.
Despite these data, the note released by the CAC as a summary of the report was headed by a headline that says: “The TV3 news programs were the ones that collected the most diversity of political voices in the last eight months of 2019”. The argument to defend this information is that TV3 news programs gave speaking times to 52 political groups and Catalunya Ràdio, to 48, while 42 groups appeared on RAC1 and 36 on TVE-Catalunya.