Starting Sept. 26, 14 Telemundo-owned stations will add a new half-hour afternoon local newscast every weekday.
The Telemundo Station Group today announced an expansion of its local news programming, unveiling plans to launch a new 30-minute newscast that will air weekdays at 5 p.m. ET beginning Monday, Sept. 26, at 14 of its owned stations.
The expansion comes less than two years after the Telemundo Station Group added a half-hour newscast at 5:30 p.m. across 14 markets.
This new news expansion at 5 p.m. will result in viewers receiving an additional 150 minutes of local breaking news coverage and up-to-the-minute weather forecasts each week in their respective markets, Telemundo said. In those markets, the new 30-minute newscast will replace Telemundo network’s half-hour show, The Best of Caso Cerrado.
“The Telemundo-owned stations have transformed local Spanish-language news and the way Hispanic communities receive the local information that matters to them,” said Manuel Martinez, president, Telemundo Station Group. “This local news investment serves as a testament to our deep-rooted commitment and our sense of responsibility as local broadcasters to ensure that our Spanish language viewers — who have been underserved for far too long — receive best-in-class local news, up-to-the-minute weather forecasts and have access to important consumer information they need to help them stay ahead and be empowered consumers.”
The Telemundo stations that will add the new half-hour newscast are: KVEA Los Angeles; WNJU New York; WSCV Miami; KTMD Houston; KXTX Dallas-Fort Worth; WSNS Chicago; KSTS San Francisco; KVDA San Antonio, Texas; KTAZ Phoenix; KHRR Tucson, Ariz.; KTLM Harlingen-Weslaco-Brownsville-McAllen, Texas; KDEN Denver; WWSI Philadelphia; and KBLR Las Vegas.
To support this initiative, the Telemundo Station Group expects to immediately hire at least 30 additional employees to boost the local newsrooms.