Telemundo Puerto Rico (cable network)

Telemundo Puerto Rico (cable network)

Telemundo Puerto Rico, also known as Telemundo Internacional, is a Latin American cable channel.


Telemundo Internacional began as Latin America's second 24-hour news channel that did not broadcast from Latin America (NBC's Canal de Noticias NBC, launched in 1993 from Charlotte, NC, was the first), and was owned in part by CBS. During the mid-90s, "Telenoticias" was owned by Reuters, Telemundo, Grupo Clarín (Argentina) and Antena 3 (Spain), and broadcast in Spanish and Portuguese. From the beginning, the group's several owners did not have a smooth relationship.

The service was then bought by the CBS network and branded CBS Telenoticias. The Telemundo network struck a deal, buying 2 newscasts from the company and airing them at 6:30 p.m and at 10:00. The network also was able to utilize the CBS Newspath news feed to supplement their content as well. The company used the CBS Newspath headquarters in Washington to house a small crew of reporters.

When the partnership between the CBS cable division and a Latin broadcaster fell apart, CBS sold its stake in Telenoticias to then-Telemundo owners Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media. With the new owners, the network changed its name to "Telemundo Internacional".

The New Telemundo Cable Channel

The 24 hour news service would be restructured to be a bilingual entertainment channel airing programs from the Telemundo network and Mun2, with some shows produced by Telemundo Internacional, like "Hoy en América" and "América en vivo" and four newscasts, some of which were re-aired on Telemundo.

In 2005, the news was cut back and the Mun2 shows were dropped. The channel started to broadcast some old telenovelas produced by Colombian company RTI, which has a content partnership with Telemundo as a whole.

Despite losing viewers when Dish Network replaced the channel for CNN En Español, the network continued until early in 2006, when the Telemundo network decided to reform the channel as "Telemundo Puerto Rico" in order to compete with WAPA-TV, which was launching a national superstation channel. That same year, Dish Network added Telemundo Puerto Rico back to its lineup on channel 837.

Later that year, NBC Universal, the owner of Telemundo Puerto Rico, announced a restructuring plan (known as NBCU 2.0) to cut costs and jobs. The morning, afternoon, and weekend editions of "Telenoticias" were pulled on 1 December 2006. No replacement programming for Telemundo Puerto Rico has since been announced.

Programming on Telemundo Puerto Rico

Telemundo Puerto Rico is also a collaboration with WKAQ-TV channel two in Puerto Rico. The network airs newscasts under the following schedule:

*Telenoticias 5pm:M-F 5pm-6pm (replayed at 7pm)
*Telenoticias 11pm:M-F 11pm-11:35pm (replayed at 1am)

Telemundo Puerto Rico also airs entertainment programs produced out of WKAQ. Programming includes "Salvese Quien Pueda" and "No te Duermas", two 60-minute programs aired on weeknights; "'Rico Tunes", a music video program; archive programs from WKAQ; weekend movies; and the popular Telemundo boxing program "Boxeo Telemundo", aired on a one-day delay.

Advertising on Telemundo Puerto Rico

One oddity about Telemundo Puerto Rico is that it airs no traditional adverts; instead, breaks feature 90% public service announcements, 5% promos for Telemundo Puerto Rico programs, and the remaining 5% devoted to a Puerto Rico video travelogue.

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