Corridors of Power: Bullfighting in Spain, the Catholic Church in China and More

NO MORE DEATH IN THE AFTERNOON? — Sixty years ago, Spain’s state-run television inaugurated its transmissions with a bullfight. This month, in an indication of the social change Spain has undergone in the past 25 years, the official television network, TVE, canceled afternoon transmissions of the corrida — the bullfight — one of its highest rated summer shows. When bullfight fans protested, TVE said daytime broadcasts of the national sport contravened the law banning violent programs during children’s viewing hours. But TVE’s decision to grab the issue by the horns reflected the growing controversy over the future of the Spanish […]

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