NBCU Local Completes Albuquerque Stations Buy From Ramar

It plans to soon launch a local news operation to serve Spanish-speaking audiences in the New Mexico DMA.

NBCUniversal Local on Monday completed its acquisition from Ramar Communications of four full-power stations, one Class A station, three low-power stations and 20 associated [or multiple] translator stations that are assigned to the Albuquerque DMA.

With this acquisition, NBCUniversal Local’s Telemundo station footprint will expand from 30 to 31 markets, and for the first-time, NBCUniversal Local will own and operate a MeTV local channel in the Albuquerque DMA.

NBCUniversal Local and Ramar Communications after both parties entered into an agreement in Juy for NBCUniversal Local to acquire Ramar’s stations in the Albuquerque DMA.  NBCUniversal Local now owns and operates Telemundo stations in each of the top 20 Hispanic DMAs.

The NBCUniversal Local division now includes NBC stations serving 12 markets, Telemundo stations serving 31 markets, 1 MeTV station, six regional sports networks and multicast networks Cozi TV, TeleXitos and NBCLX, which serves adults 18-45.

Tony Canales, president-GM of Telemundo Houston, is expanding his current role to serve as president-GM of Telemundo Nuevo México / KASA-TV. He will oversee all station operations, including the hiring of newsroom staff to support the launch of new local news operations to serve Spanish-speakers within the Albuquerque DMA.

Patricia Buchanan, vice president of sales for Telemundo Houston, is also expanding her current role at KTMD to serve as vice president of sales of Telemundo Nuevo México. She will oversee all local sales activities for KASA and will focus on developing and maintaining local partnerships and revenue opportunities.


More information about NBCUniversal Local’s news operations for the Albuquerque DMA will be shared soon. Individuals interested in applying for newsroom roles to support the launch of local news at Telemundo Nuevo México can visit NBCUniversal’s Careers site here. Please type “Albuquerque” in the search field.

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