For over 20 years, Entravision’s XHAS in San Diego has been a Telemundo affiliate. But that relationship is coming to an end.
Telemundo has decided not to renew its affiliate deal with Entravision so it can launch own station in the country’s No. 12 Hispanic DMA.
Telemundo has already posted multiple job openings for its new O&O, which will be based inside the NBC owned-and-operated television station.
A source says Telemundo San Diego will air on a digital subchannel. A Telemundo Station Group spokesperson refused to comment about the San Diego station launch.
According to an insider, Entravision will lose the Telemundo affiliateship in June and will strike a deal with another Spanish-language network, possibly Azteca América.
Entravision has ignored multiple requests for comment on the situation. No word yet on what will happen to the current Telemundo 33 news team after Entravision’s affiliate deal with Telemundo expires.
Wow, Telemundo is getting into the dropping game, It’s NBC Stations did the same thing with WHDH they also dropped their BC affialte in Boston for a new low-poered transmitted station WBTS. And they made history a beging the first O&O company to buy low-poered station which has departed via Telemundo’s affialte WNEU. This is basically the same except the new station is going to digital which that’s historic first O&O and Spanish O&O to have a digital Subchannel though KNEAD is an NBC O&O. So I assume a news department will be started, just like WBTS when they got the NBC affialte and started on January 1st,2017. But I’ve always wondered that someday XHAS would be owned to NBC creating doupoly with KNSD looks like that won’t happen anytime soon. And one more thing after WHDH lost its affilation it continued it’s news department as an independent (So in this circumstance XHAs continues news department under an Aztecs Affialte the Hispanic market in San Diego is assumption big enough for 4 Spanish news departments.) so Entravision XHAS don’t shut down
the news department I’ll just be under Aztecs.
The goal for KNSD is to dominate the Spanish news market in San Diego! Entravision could put univision on XHAS or even XETV as Televisa is investing in Univision for a potential IPO! The thing with KNSD is that the Telemundo station can run on a subchannel which KNSD is a full power O&O station, so coverage will likely be better than XHAS. I could see XHAS being a KBNT repeater, but we shall see. Also, Spanish news in some markets is actually number 1, which means there is money to be had in such a market as Hispanic people want quality noticias for the television and there are those that are low income that might not have a proper internet connection and/or device, though I suppose they use their phone for internet and what not. Those viewers will get that. NBC will not be buying XHAS, but rather be a subchannel of KNSD. It will suck for videophiles, but money is more important these days.