Telemundo has released more details on its plans to increase local news and public affairs programming at its stations by more than 25%. The network says its expansion initiative will be completed by January, 2012.
Here’s a summary of their expansion plans:
- 6 and 11 pm weekend news programs in New York, Dallas, Houston and Puerto Rico by Jan. 2012.
- Morning news programs in Los Angeles (started in June of 2011) and Houston (to launch Jan 2012)
- Launch of new public affairs programs in eight markets starting in September 2011. The locally produced programs will air monthly in Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Dallas and Phoenix and weekly in Puerto Rico.
- In October 2011, Denver station (KDEN) will launch new 30-minute locally produced newscasts airing at 6pm and 11pm Mon-Fri (co-produced with KUSA)
- By January, 2012, Houston (KTMD) will launch a local version of “Buenos Dias Houston.”
Telemundo says it will be contributing more than 1,000 hours of additional news and public affairs offerings at its stations by the end of January 2012.