NEW YORK, NY – (November 20, 2017) - NBC 4 New York / WNBC and Telemundo 47 / WNJU announced the creation of a new San Juan news bureau which will deliver additional coverage of Puerto Rico’s ongoing rebuilding and recovery efforts following Hurricane Maria. The new bureau launches today and will operate through February, 2018. Led by bilingual reporter Julio “Gaby” Acevedo, the station’s new news bureau will deliver daily English and Spanish-language news and updates for WNBC and WNJU as well as all NBC and Telemundo-owned stations across the country. Acevedo’s reports will be available on-air and across the stations’ mobile and digital platforms.
“Puerto Rico’s continued recovery is very important to WNBC viewers and their families. For this reason, our station is establishing a new San Juan news bureau to deliver live, comprehensive daily news coverage for our viewers directly from Puerto Rico,” said Eric Lerner, NBC 4 New York President and General Manager. “We are the only Tri-State station to take this important step and look forward to keeping our viewers informed.”
Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico as a strong Category 4 storm on the morning of Wednesday, September 20. The devastating impact of the storm has resulted in long-term challenges for the island’s 3.5 million residents, many of whom have close personal connections to the Tri-State as well as all throughout the U.S. mainland. More than 1.4 million Americans of Puerto Rican descent live in the Tri-State area, the largest geographic concentration of Puerto Rican ancestry anywhere within the contiguous United States.
“Telemundo was born in Puerto Rico more than 60 years ago and our Telemundo 47 viewers hold a deep and personal connection to the island. They continue to clamor for more local news and information. This is why our station has joined with WNBC to create this first-of-its-kind, Puerto Rico-based news bureau,” said Cristina Schwarz, Telemundo 47 President and General Manager. “As a result, Telemundo 47 will be able to provide even more of the timely updates our viewers want – directly from Puerto Rico.”
A local broadcast veteran, Julio “Gaby” Acevedo has spent more than a decade working in local radio and television in Puerto Rico. He will report from WNBC and WNJU’s new San Juan news bureau and file daily updates for NBC 4 New York and Telemundo 47 and augment the stations’ continued Puerto Rico news coverage that includes televised and on-the-ground reports from WNBC’s Darlene Rodriguez, Michael Gargiulo, Ray Villeda and Erica Byfield, as well as from Telemundo 47’s Alberto Rullan and Cristina Navarrete. Acevedo’s reports will also air across NBC and Telemundo-owned stations located across the U.S.
About NBC 4 New York / WNBC
NBC 4 New York / WNBC is the flagship station of the NBC Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, serving the New York Tri-State area with an unparalleled commitment to broadcast excellence for 75 years.
The station features New York’s largest investigative reporting team, the I-Team and includes Edward R. Murrow and Emmy Award-winning journalists who successfully track down the answers to the questions most important to viewers. Storm Team 4, the station’s trusted weather team, utilizes the most accurate and the most powerful weather technology available to keep Tri-State viewers informed and safe when severe weather strikes. This includes StormTracker 4, the only commercial high-frequency S-Band dual polarization fixed Doppler weather radar operating in the Northeast.
In addition to NBC 4 New York’s primary channel, other programming outlets include COZI TV, the station’s multicast channel, and out-of-home platforms, including TV screens in taxi cabs, elevators and aboard New York-New Jersey PATH trains. The station also delivers news and information across all platforms, including its dedicated website, mobile app and social media platforms. For more information about NBC 4 New York, visit NBCNewYork.com.
About Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU
Winner of the 2017 New York Emmy® Awards for top morning and evening newscasts, Telemundo 47 / WNJU is the local Telemundo television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut for more than 50 years. The Tri-State’s Spanish-language broadcasting channel for soccer, Telemundo 47 will offer exclusive Spanish-language coverage of the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ tournament.
Delivering more than 24 hours of locally-produced news, information and entertainment programing each week, Telemundo 47 offers comprehensive breaking news coverage and features the New York market’s only team of bilingual meteorologists, La Autoridad en El Tiempo, who use cutting-edge technology to keep viewers and their families safe and informed. This includes Tele Doppler 47, con tecnología S band, the most powerful and most accurate weather technology available.
Telemundo 47’s local consumer investigative unit, Telemundo Responde, returns every telephone call, responds to every electronic inquiry and has recovered nearly $1.5 million for local viewers. The station also features Acceso Total, the region’s only local entertainment variety program with TeleXitos, the station’s multicast network, offering viewers many beloved, iconic television series in an easy-to-watch, comfortable Spanish-language format.
As a station, Telemundo 47 demonstrates its commitment to the communities it serves by cultivating local partnerships with organizations that reflect the diversity of the local market. Telemundo 47 also provides news and information across all platforms, online at Telemundo47.com, and via its dedicated mobile app and across social media.
John Durso, Jr.