TELEMUNDO EXPANDS ITS COMMITMENT TO NEWS WITH THE LAUNCH OF LOCAL AND NATIONAL MIDDAY NEWSCASTS, BEGINNING MONDAY, JANUARY 22
MIAMI, FL – January 8, 2018 – As part of its commitment to inform and empower U.S. Hispanics, Telemundo today announced a significant expansion of its news programming by introducing a combination of local and national weekday newscasts from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M. Expanding on its ongoing investments in news content, the company will launch local weekday newscasts at 12:00 P.M. / 11:00 A.M. CT across ten Telemundo-owned stations, beginning Monday, January 22. In addition, Telemundo will launch “Noticias Telemundo, Mediodía,” a national newscast to air Monday to Friday at 12:30 P.M. / 11:30 A.M. CT. Audiences will be able to livestream “Noticias Telemundo, Mediodia” on NoticiasTelemundo.com, the “Noticias Telemundo” mobile app and across Noticias Telemundo’s social media properties including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
“The need for local news has never been greater,” said Manuel Martinez, President, Telemundo Station Group. “Ours are the only local Spanish-language stations in their markets that can deliver their audiences hyper-local news, weather forecasts, consumer and investigative reports, sports and entertainment information across all platforms. We are proud to dedicate more resources to our stations to help them boost their already strong local news programming to help them better serve their viewers with the news and information they need and deserve.”
“The launch of ‘Noticias Telemundo, Mediodía’ is a response to a growing demand for news throughout the day and across multiple platforms,” said Luis Fernández, Executive Vice President, Noticias Telemundo. “We are committed to empowering U.S. Latinos with news produced under Noticias Telemundo’s banner 'Telling It Like It Is’ ('Las Cosas Como Son' in Spanish).”
The expansion is part of the growing commitment Telemundo has made in national and local news to provide Spanish-language viewers with the information they need to make decisions in their daily lives. Since 2013, the Telemundo-owned stations have revolutionized the way that Spanish-speaking audiences receive their local news by launching local newscasts across weekday mornings and afternoons, introducing weekend newscasts and morning cut-ins, and making the stations’ information available across all platforms. In order to support the new local newscasts, Telemundo will be adding staff members in the coming months. On the network side, these investments have resulted in the launch of “Noticias Telemundo, Investiga,” the first investigative unit of the Hispanic network, as well as the consolidation of “Noticias Telemundo” as the only national nightly newscast to grow in 2017 among adults 25 to 54 and total viewers, regardless of language.
The Telemundo stations that will add the new half-hour newscast include: Telemundo 52 Los Angeles (KVEA), Telemundo 47 New York (WNJU), Telemundo 51 Miami (WSCV), Telemundo Houston (KTMD), Telemundo 39 Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), Telemundo Chicago (WSNS), Telemundo 60 San Antonio (KVDA), Telemundo Phoenix (KTAZ), Telemundo Tucson (KHRR), and Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley (KTLM).
“Noticias Telemundo” is a leading provider of national news for U.S. Hispanics across all broadcast and digital platforms. Its award-winning television news broadcasts include the daily newscast “Noticias Telemundo” and the Sunday current affairs show “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.” The “Noticias Telemundo Digital Team” provides continuous content to U.S. Hispanics via its growing online and mobile platforms. “Noticias Telemundo” also produces award-winning news specials, documentaries and news events such as political debates, town halls and forums.