- Associated Press - Saturday, January 15, 2011

CARACAS, VENEZUELA (AP) - A Venezuelan television station has stopped airing a Colombian soap opera after government regulators demanded its removal calling it offensive.

The soap opera “Chepe Fortuna” features an unscrupulous secretary named “Venezuela” who has a dog called “Little Hugo,” an apparent reference to Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Venezuela’s telecommunications regulatory agency Conatel said in a statement that the character Venezuela, in contrast to her sister named Colombia, “is repeatedly characterized as associated with illegal activities, meddling and vulgarity.”

The private TV channel Televen did not air the program on Friday. The station didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

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