Joint Newscast For Spanish-language Network, Reuters TV
MIAMI (AP) _ Spanish-language network Telemundo is launching a new weeknight newscast with Reuters Television and is dropping its agreement with CNN, officials said Friday.
The program, ″Noticiero Telemundo con Raul Peimbert,″ will be produced in Miami and will air nightly in 48 television markets across the country at 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. EDT beginning May 31, said Sergio Lopez-Miro, a network spokesman. Telemundo Group Inc. said it may hire up to 100 new workers to produce the program.
The program will replace Noticiero Telemundo CNN, produced in Atlanta by Cable News Network the past five years under an agreement with Telemundo.
Joaquin Blaya, Telemundo’s president and chief executive officer, announced the deal on Thursday.
″We are now going to be providing a world class news and information service to the Hispanic audience in the United States, and we’ve put together actually the most professional and experienced team of Hispanic television reporters for the job,″ Telemundo spokesman Sergio Lopez-Miro said Friday.
Under the new agreement, Reuters will supply Telemundo with international news and video footage for the program.
Reuters Television is a subsidiary of Reuters Holdings PLC, the London- based international news service. It has 400 camera crews around the world.
″Reuters’ breadth of coverage from 120 bureaus worldwide make it a formidable news partner,″ Blaya said in a statement. ″By joining forces with Reuters, we are sure to provide world class news and information to the largest Hispanic audience possible.″
Lopez-Miro said Telemundo wanted more control over news in the CNN- Telemundo relationship now ending.
″Before, with CNN, we had very little to do with the news,″ Lopez-Miro said. ″We would sit in on daily news teleconferences, where we would be briefed.″
Raul Peimbert, who will anchor the new broadcast, began his career as a television reporter in Guadalajara, Mexico, in 1979, then moved to Veracruz in 1981. In 1991, he joined Univision, the largest Spanish-language network, where he was a news anchor until signing up with Telemundo last month.
In a separate development Thursday, CNN announced in Atlanta that beginning June 1, it will add two additional Spanish newscasts for its Monday through Friday Latin American transmission of CNN International.
Noticiero CNNI will now air at 4:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 10:30 p.m., Eastern time.