Telemundo
Overview
Telemundo is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

  television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

.

Telemundo reaches 58 percent of Hispanic and Latino American
Hispanic and Latino Americans
Hispanic or Latino Americans are Americans with origins in the Hispanic countries of Latin America or in Spain, and in general all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino.1990 Census of Population and Housing: A self-designated classification for people whose origins...

 households in 142 markets via over-the-air, cable, and satellite television. An average of 1,035,000 total viewers (aged 2 and older) tuned in for its weekday prime time lineup during 2007.
Encyclopedia
Telemundo is an American
United States
The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

  television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

.

Telemundo reaches 58 percent of Hispanic and Latino American
Hispanic and Latino Americans
Hispanic or Latino Americans are Americans with origins in the Hispanic countries of Latin America or in Spain, and in general all persons in the United States who self-identify as Hispanic or Latino.1990 Census of Population and Housing: A self-designated classification for people whose origins...

 households in 142 markets via over-the-air, cable, and satellite television. An average of 1,035,000 total viewers (aged 2 and older) tuned in for its weekday prime time lineup during 2007. Telemundo is the only Spanish-language network that produces most of its telenovela
Telenovela
A telenovela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão , and novela, a Spanish or Portuguese word for "novel"...

s. Unlike Univision, which only has Spanish captions, many programs on Telemundo air with closed captions
Closed captioning
Closed captioning is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it...

 in both Spanish and English.

Telemundo was founded by Ángel Ramos
Angel Ramos (industrialist)
Angel Ramos was the founder of Telemundo, the second largest Spanish-language television network in the United States.-Early years:...

 with a television station in San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan, Puerto Rico
San Juan , officially Municipio de la Ciudad Capital San Juan Bautista , is the capital and most populous municipality in Puerto Rico, an unincorporated territory of the United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 395,326 making it the 46th-largest city under the jurisdiction of...

 in 1954. Telemundo Communications Group
Telemundo Communications Group
Telemundo Communications Group LLC & Subsidiaries , a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world...

, the network's parent company, is part of the NBCUniversal division of Comcast
Comcast
Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator, home Internet service provider, and fourth largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers in 39 states and the...

. Don Browne
Don Browne
Don Browne is the president of Telemundo, an American Spanish-language television network based in Hialeah, Florida.- See also :...

 is Telemundo's president. Jeff Gaspin
Jeff Gaspin
Jeffrey "Jeff" Gaspin is an American television executive and was most recently the Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment. Gaspin resigned his position in late 2010, as a precursor to Comcast taking controlling ownership of the now newly rechristened NBCUniversal, which occurred on...

, who is president and COO of Universal Television Group, oversees the network. Telemundo has 1,800 employees, and is headquartered at 2290 West 8th Avenue in Hialeah
Hialeah, Florida
Hialeah is a city in Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 226,419. As of 2009, the population estimate by the U. S...

, a Miami, Florida
Miami, Florida
Miami is a city located on the Atlantic coast in southeastern Florida and the county seat of Miami-Dade County, the most populous county in Florida and the eighth-most populous county in the United States with a population of 2,500,625...

 suburb. The majority of Telemundo shows and programs are filmed in their Miami studios. In 2011, 85% of Telemundo's telenovela
Telenovela
A telenovela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão , and novela, a Spanish or Portuguese word for "novel"...

s were filmed in Miami.

Its most broadcast series were La Tormenta
La Tormenta
La Tormenta is a Colombian 2005 - 2006 telenovela originally produced by RTI Colombia and broadcast by Telemundo and Caracol TV, starring Natalia Streignard and Christian Meier...

 (150 countries), Bella Calamidades
Bella Calamidades
Bella Calamidades is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by RTI Colombia for Telemundo. A tongue-in-cheek romance story, it features a ravishing beauty plagued by bad luck. The tentative stars are Danna Garcia and Segundo Cernadas. This telenovela was sold to more than 90 countries around the...

 (110 countries), Pasión de Gavilanes
Pasión de gavilanes
Pasión de Gavilanes was a popular Colombian telenovela that ran for 188 episodes, from 2003 to 2004. Written by Julio Jiménez, it was produced by RTI Colombia in conjunction with the Telemundo network and with the participation of Caracol TV company. In Colombia, it was broadcast by Caracol TV...

 (sold to 102 countries), Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa
Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa
Zorro: La Espada y la Rosa is a Spanish-language telenovela based on Johnston McCulley's characters. Telemundo aired it from February 12 to July 23, 2007. This limited-run serial shows the masked crusader as a hero torn between his fight for justice and his love for a beautiful woman...

 (sold to 98 countries), ¿Dónde Está Elisa?
¿Dónde Está Elisa?
¿Dónde Está Elisa? is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo...

 (sold to 90 countries), Más Sabe el Diablo
Más Sabe el Diablo
Más Sabe el Diablo is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo. This melodrama features lovers embroiled in intrigue, betrayal, vengeance and unbridled passion. It stars Gaby Espino, Jencarlos Canela and Miguel Varoni...

 (sold to 75 countries), El Fantasma de Elena
El Fantasma de Elena
El Fantasma de Elena is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo.The first season comprised 117 episodes transmitted in the USA from 20 July 2010 to 7 January 2011...

 (sold to 70 countries), La Reina del Sur
La Reina del Sur
La Reina del Sur is the title of a studio album released by norteño music group Los Tigres del Norte. This album became their third number-one hit on the Billboard Top Latin Albums chart and received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Mexican/Mexican-American Album.-Tracklisting:This...

 (sold to 70 countries) and El Rostro de Analia
El Rostro de Analía
El Rostro de Analía is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the American-based television network Telemundo. It stars Elizabeth Gutiérrez, Martin Karpan, Maritza Rodríguez and the special appearance of Gaby Espino...

 (sold to 60 countries).

1954–1987

WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital 2.1. The station is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and is branded simply as Telemundo....

 launched the Telemundo brand on March 28, 1954. The station was founded by Ángel Ramos, owner of El Mundo
El Mundo (Puerto Rico)
-History:El Mundo was founded in 1919 by Romualdo Real.In 1929, former corrector-turned-administrator Angel Ramos and journalist José Coll Vidal, bought the newspaper when Real retired. In 1946 Ramos was the sole owner of the newspaper.-Acquisitions:...

, Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico
Puerto Rico , officially the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico , is an unincorporated territory of the United States, located in the northeastern Caribbean, east of the Dominican Republic and west of both the United States Virgin Islands and the British Virgin Islands.Puerto Rico comprises an...

's main newspaper at the time, and of Puerto Rico's first radio station, WKAQ
WKAQ (AM)
WKAQ is a radio station in San Juan, Puerto Rico that broadcasts on 580 kHz with a Spanish language talk radio format. The station is currently owned by Univision Radio. Its programming is repeated on WUKQ, which broadcasts on 1420 kHz in Ponce, and WYEL which broadcasts on 600 kHz in Mayagüez...

, also known as "Radio El Mundo". Ramos wanted to maintain a consistent branding for his properties using the mundo theme (Spanish for "world"), and thus named WKAQ-TV Telemundo (in effect, "Teleworld" or "World TV"). He had tried to obtain a television license as early as the mid-1940s, but due to a Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission
The Federal Communications Commission is an independent agency of the United States government, created, Congressional statute , and with the majority of its commissioners appointed by the current President. The FCC works towards six goals in the areas of broadband, competition, the spectrum, the...

 (FCC) licensing freeze for all new American television stations due to World War II
World War II
World War II, or the Second World War , was a global conflict lasting from 1939 to 1945, involving most of the world's nations—including all of the great powers—eventually forming two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis...

, Ramos had to wait until 1954 to obtain the license.

In the beginning, Ramos maintained continuity between his radio and television stations by signing an exclusive deal with the most famous and influential actor/comedian/producer in Puerto Rico, Ramón Rivero
Ramón Rivero (Diplo)
Ramón Rivero — known as Diplo — was a comedian, actor, composer and a pioneer in Puerto Rico's television and cinema industries...

, better known as Diplo, whose "El Tremendo Hotel", broadcast through WKAQ Radio, was the most popular radio show ever in Puerto Rico. It was Rivero who produced the first comedy/variety television shows for WKAQ Telemundo, La Taberna India, and then La Farándula Corona, shows that catapulted WKAQ to the top of the ratings.

During the 1970s and 1980s, WKAQ-TV, then branded as Telemundo Canal 2, was a major producer of soap operas. The channel was also known by its "fingers" logo—a bold number "2" with the silhouette of two upright fingers inside the number—and called itself "El canal de los dedos" (the channel of the fingers).

1984–1987

In 1984, WNJU
WNJU
WNJU, channel 47, is the flagship station of the Spanish-language Telemundo television network, licensed to Linden, New Jersey and serving the Tri-State area television market. WNJU is owned by NBCUniversal, and is one-half of a duopoly with NBC network flagship WNBC-TV...

 in Linden, New Jersey
Linden, New Jersey
- Local government :, the Mayor of Linden is . The former longtime Mayor of Linden is 82-year-old John T. Gregorio, who served as mayor of Linden for 30, nonconsecutive years and was repeatedly tagged with scandal during his mayoral career, including one felony conviction, later pardoned, which...

 (serving the New York metropolitan area
New York metropolitan area
The New York metropolitan area, also known as Greater New York, or the Tri-State area, is the region that composes of New York City and the surrounding region...

) and KSTS
KSTS
KSTS is the NBCUniversal owned and operated Telemundo television station in the San Francisco Bay Area market. The station is located in San Jose, California and broadcasts on digital channel 49. KSTS shares facilities with NBC sister operation KNTV. The new all-digital broadcast center was opened...

 in San Jose, California
San Jose, California
San Jose is the third-largest city in California, the tenth-largest in the U.S., and the county seat of Santa Clara County which is located at the southern end of San Francisco Bay...

 formed NetSpan, the second Spanish-language television network in the continental United States. They were joined in 1985 by KVEA
KVEA
KVEA is a Spanish-language television station in the Los Angeles area owned and operated by NBC Universal and the West Coast flagship station of the Telemundo network. It was the first mainland U.S. station owned by Telemundo at the network's launch in the late 1980's...

 in Los Angeles
Los Ángeles
Los Ángeles is the capital of the province of Biobío, in the commune of the same name, in Region VIII , in the center-south of Chile. It is located between the Laja and Biobío rivers. The population is 123,445 inhabitants...

. The next year, KVEA's part-owner, Reliance Group Holdings, acquired the Telemundo brand when it purchased Blair Broadcasting. The purchase includedWSCV
WSCV
WSCV Telemundo 51 is the Telemundo O&O that serves the Miami - Fort Lauderdale area and licensed to Fort Lauderdale. The transmitter is located in Miramar. The station also serves as the de facto Telemundo affiliate for the West Palm Beach market. The station is owned by NBCUniversal along with NBC...

 in Ft. Lauderdale/Miami and Puerto Rico's WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital 2.1. The station is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and is branded simply as Telemundo....

 (known for decades as "Telemundo Canal 2"). In late 1986, Reliance purchased WNJU.

In 1987, Saul Steinberg
Saul Steinberg (business)
Saul Steinberg is a former financier, insurance executive, and corporate raider. He started a computer leasing company , which he used in an audacious and successful takeover of the much larger Reliance Insurance Company in 1968...

 and Henry Silverman
Henry Silverman
Henry R. Silverman is an American entrepreneur and private equity investor. Silverman is best known for his role in building Cendant Corporation into a multibillion dollar business services company that provided car rentals, travel reservation services as well as real estate brokerage services and...

 of Reliance Capital Group merged all these stations into the Telemundo Group. The new corporation quickly went public, and in 1987 changed NetSpan's name to Telemundo. Later that year, it purchased additional stations in San Francisco, Houston and San Antonio.

Expansion

Between 1988 and 1991, Telemundo acquired stations in Texas
Texas
Texas is the second largest U.S. state by both area and population, and the largest state by area in the contiguous United States.The name, based on the Caddo word "Tejas" meaning "friends" or "allies", was applied by the Spanish to the Caddo themselves and to the region of their settlement in...

, New Mexico
New Mexico
New Mexico is a state located in the southwest and western regions of the United States. New Mexico is also usually considered one of the Mountain States. With a population density of 16 per square mile, New Mexico is the sixth-most sparsely inhabited U.S...

, Arizona
Arizona
Arizona ; is a state located in the southwestern region of the United States. It is also part of the western United States and the mountain west. The capital and largest city is Phoenix...

, and Washington, DC. The network decided to outsource its news division in 1988; CNN
CNN
Cable News Network is a U.S. cable news channel founded in 1980 by Ted Turner. Upon its launch, CNN was the first channel to provide 24-hour television news coverage, and the first all-news television channel in the United States...

 produced two newscasts, branded Noticiero Telemundo CNN (lit. "Telemundo CNN News"). Produced in Atlanta, Noticiero Telemundo CNN was anchored by Jorge Gestoso
Jorge Gestoso
Jorge Gestoso is a Uruguayan journalist who was born in Montevideo. For 16 years, he was the Principal Anchor and symbol of CNN en Espanol, also Senior Washington Correspondent with that television network that reaches all the Americas and the Caribbean and is one of the networks of CNN, the Cable...

 and María Elvira Salazar. Lana Montalbán, who anchored the show known then as Telemundo HBC, returned to New York City, where she anchored the WNJU, Telemundo's O& O, newscast for four years. When Salazar decided to take a reporter's position at Noticiero Univision back in Miami, Chile
Chile
Chile ,officially the Republic of Chile , is a country in South America occupying a long, narrow coastal strip between the Andes mountains to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west. It borders Peru to the north, Bolivia to the northeast, Argentina to the east, and the Drake Passage in the far...

an former Miss Universe Cecilia Bolocco joined Gestoso. The final incarnation produced in Atlanta was co-anchored by Patricia Janiot
Patricia Janiot
Ángela Patricia Janiot Martirena is a Colombian journalist, news presenter on CNN en Español, beauty queen and former model.-Miss World:...

.

In 1994, Telemundo caught the fever of producing 24-hour news. The network launched Telenoticias partnering with Argentina's Artear Network, Antena 3
Antena 3 (Spain)
Antena 3 is a Spanish terrestrial television channel owned by Antena 3 de Televisión. Some of the more popular programmes broadcast by Antena 3 include Aquí no hay quien viva, El Barco, Los Protegidos, Los Simpson and El Internado....

 of Spain, and Reuters
Reuters
Reuters is a news agency headquartered in New York City. Until 2008 the Reuters news agency formed part of a British independent company, Reuters Group plc, which was also a provider of financial market data...

. The venture was not successful and the service was sold to CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

. Rebranded as CBS Telenoticias, the network did air all over the Americas.

CBS Telenoticias was sold back to Telemundo and the network branded it Telemundo Internacional
Telemundo Internacional
Telemundo Puerto Rico, also known as Telemundo Internacional, is a Latin American cable channel.-Launch:Telemundo Internacional began in December 1994 as Telenoticias, Latin America's second 24-hour news channel that did not broadcast from Latin America...

.

1992–1998

In 1992, Telemundo went through another management change, as it received former Univision president Joaquin Blaya, who left Univison with four other executives. The next year, Telemundo branded itself with the campaign Arriba, Telemundo, Arriba (lit. "Upwards, Telemundo, Upwards"). Around the same time, the famed Telemundo "T" logo was introduced.

In 1993, Telemundo began the ongoing practice of producing original telenovelas. The first soaps were Angélica, mi vida, Marielena, Guadalupe, Señora Tentación, and Tres Destinos. International markets and syndicators soon courted these shows. Telemundo's effort faced an initial setback when Mexico's industry leader, Televisa
Televisa
Televisa is a Mexican multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media company in Latin America and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision, with which it has an exclusive contract...

, bought Capitalvision, the production house that had been making the new soap operas.

In 1995, under the direction of Harry Abraham Castillo, the network's Executive Vice-President of Programming, Telemundo opened its first network studio on the West Coast
West Coast of the United States
West Coast or Pacific Coast are terms for the westernmost coastal states of the United States. The term most often refers to the states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Although not part of the contiguous United States, Alaska and Hawaii do border the Pacific Ocean but can't be included in...

. On the Raleigh Studios lot in Hollywood, three shows began daily production: La Hora Lunática, hosted by LA radio personality Humberto Luna; El y Ella
Gigi Graciette
Gigi Graciette is a television and radio personality in the United States and Mexico. She is a news reporter for FOX 11 News and MY 13 News in Los Angeles and the host of Ella Es….Gigi Graciette a syndicated radio show on the Radiovisa Network.Graciette was born and raised in California...

, a daily talkshow created and hosted by Gigi Graciette
Gigi Graciette
Gigi Graciette is a television and radio personality in the United States and Mexico. She is a news reporter for FOX 11 News and MY 13 News in Los Angeles and the host of Ella Es….Gigi Graciette a syndicated radio show on the Radiovisa Network.Graciette was born and raised in California...

; and Dando y Dando, a gameshow hosted by Rafael Sigler.

1998–2001

In 1998, Telemundo was bought by a partnership between cable's Liberty Media
Liberty Media
Liberty Media Corporation is an American media conglomerate and the control is exercised by company Chairman John C. Malone, who owns a majority of the voting shares....

 and conglomerate Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment, Inc. is the television and film production/distribution unit of Japanese multinational technology and media conglomerate Sony...

. Helmed by yet another management team under the leadership of former CBS
CBS
CBS Broadcasting Inc. is a major US commercial broadcasting television network, which started as a radio network. The name is derived from the initials of the network's former name, Columbia Broadcasting System. The network is sometimes referred to as the "Eye Network" in reference to the shape of...

 executive Peter Tortoricci, hopes of attracting the bilingual market were explored. The Lo mejor de los dos Mundos ("The best of both Worlds") campaign was launched. Several billboards went up in cities such as Miami and San Francisco heralding a "new era" for Telemundo. Former CBS News Vice President Joe Peyronnin founded Telemundo's network news division in 1999 and served as its Executive Vice-President until 2006.

After Tortoricci's resignation Telemundo was led by Jim McNamara as CEO and Alan Sokol as COO. Their programming strategy followed a more traditional approach to Spanish language television than their predecessors, since the new team incorporated several telenovelas from Colombia and Brazil and entertainment programs. It was under McNamara that Telemundo incorporated Laura en América, hosted by Peruvian lawyer Laura Bozzo
Laura Bozzo
Laura Cecilia Bozzo Rotondo is a television talk show host, best known for hosting Spanish-language talk show Laura en América that was broadcasted in the United States on the Telemundo television network...

; Betty La Fea
Betty la fea
Yo soy Betty, la fea is a popular soap opera filmed in Colombia, written by Fernando Gaitán and produced between 1999 through 2001 by the Colombian network RCN . More than a dozen versions of the telenovela have been made in other countries...

 ("Ugly Betty"; lit. "Betty The Ugly"), starring Ana Maria Orozco
Ana María Orozco
Ana María Orozco Aristizábal is a Colombian television actress.-Private life:Orozco is the daughter of actor Luis Fernando Orozco. She is also the older sister of actress Verónica Orozco ....

; A Oscuras Pero Encendidos
A Oscuras Pero Encendidos
A Oscuras Pero Encendidos was the first late night variety show produced for the Hispanic market in the United States by Astracanada Productions Inc. The "live" show, launched in 1995 in Miami, Florida on WJAN-CA, and was a combination of celebrity guests, games, practical jokes, and audience...

, hosted by Paul Bouche
Paul Bouche
Paul Bouche is a television producer & entertainer. Paul is the host, creator and producer of a variety of television and radio programs. Paul has worked as a TV and Radio Host and Comedian in the United States and Latin America, performing as a Stand Up Comedian and on air television and radio...

; Xica
Xica
Xica da Silva is a 1976 Brazilian film directed and written by Carlos Diegues. It stars Zezé Motta, Walmor Chagas and José Wilker...

, starring Tais Araujo
Taís Araújo
Taís Bianca Gama de Araújo is a Brazilian actress. She was the first black Brazilian actress to be a protagonist in a Brazilian telenovela, Xica da Silva , in Rede Manchete...

; the Spanish game show Números Rojos; and the Argentine children's program Agrandaditos.

2001–Present, and future

On April 12, 2002, Telemundo was purchased by NBC
NBC
The National Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcasting television network and former radio network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's Rockefeller Center with additional major offices near Los Angeles and in Chicago...

 for $2.7 billion and is now a part of NBC Universal
NBC Universal
NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company engaged in the production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information products and services to a global customer base...

. Jim McNamara remained at the helm of the network. Local stations began producing early morning news to be more competitive in their respective markets; The Telemundo "T" logo received an overhaul. Telemundo's main competitor, Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

, continued to have an upper hand in the ratings, although not in all time slots.

News programs were created in the wake of 9/11
September 11, 2001 attacks
The September 11 attacks The September 11 attacks The September 11 attacks (also referred to as September 11, September 11th or 9/119/11 is pronounced "nine eleven". The slash is not part of the pronunciation...

. "Hoy en el Mundo" ("Today in the World"), anchored by Marian de la Fuente and Jose Diaz-Balart
Jose Diaz-Balart
José Díaz-Balart is a Cuban-American journalist and television anchorman. He is currently the anchor for Noticiero Telemundo, the network's news program as well as the network's Washington DC-based public affairs Sunday morning program Enfoque...

, went on the air informing viewers of national and international events. This program and its companion show "De Mañanita" ("In Early Morning") were cancelled due to the much heralded arrival of Maria Antonieta Collins
María Antonieta Collins
María Antonieta Collins Flores is a Mexican journalist, TV host and best seller author of seven books , and winner of four Emmy Awards, , and the Edward Murrow Award.- Biography :Collins became known to viewers in her native Mexico as a reporter of "Televisa 24 horas" ,...

 from Univision. "Cada Día con Maria Antonieta" ("Every Day with Maria Antonieta") went on the air in October 2005. She continued to host the program along with the much recycled Diaz-Balart as co-host. Diaz-Balart was anchor of Telemundo's morning news program called "Noticiero Telemundo: Primera Hora" ("Telemundo Newscast: Early Morning"), later to be anchored by Ana Patricia Candiani. "Cada Dia con Maria Antonieta" was cancelled 2 years later and replaced by "Levantate" another hybrid of news, cooking, and information. This show was produced by Telemundo of Puerto Rico when it began airing. The hybrid included local participation of Telemundo stations in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. The show was later revamped, dropped the local cut ins and began production at the Telemundo headquarters in Hialeah, Florida.

In 2004, Telemundo created Telemundo Television Studios
Telemundo Television Studios
Telemundo Television Studios is a division of NBC Universal that develops original programming in Spanish.-History:In 2005, Telemundo Communications Group, announced the acquisition of the totality of its property next to RTI Colombia, Telemundo-RTI, to create Telemundo Studios Television and...

 in Miami. The network also began subtitling many of its telenovelas into English via closed captioning. Under NBC, Telemundo gave greater emphasis to original programming and product placement
Product placement
Product placement, or embedded marketing, is a form of advertisement, where branded goods or services are placed in a context usually devoid of ads, such as movies, music videos, the story line of television shows, or news programs. The product placement is often not disclosed at the time that the...

. The network was spending $100 million a year producing its own shows around mid-decade. After it was purchased by NBC Universal, Telemundo decided to stop importing telenovelas from Latin America and to start producing its own. To that end, Telemundo partnered with Colombian production company RTI Colombia
RTI Colombia
RTI Colombia, also known as Radio Televisión Interamericana , is a Colombian television production company. It aired 14.5 per week of programming each week in 1993....

 and the Mexican production company Argos Comunicación. Telemundo's telenovelas follow the Mexican model. To have its telenovelas recognized by the audiences of the US and Latin America, Telemundo hired famous actors and actresses from Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, Argentina, and Puerto Rico. Telemundo now also hires US-born Hispanic actors and actresses who fluently speak Spanish.

NBC officials asked McNamara to resign and replaced him with Don Browne, in 2005. Browne had been head of the NBC affiliate WTVJ
WTVJ
WTVJ, virtual channel 6 , is an owned-and-operated television station of the NBC television network, located in Broward County. WTVJ shares its TV studio and office facility with co-owned Telemundo station WSCV in Miramar, Florida, and its transmitter is located near Sun Life Stadium in north...

 in Miami.

In March 2007, NBC Universal announced that it had restructured Telemundo's entertainment division in an effort to narrow Univision's ratings dominance. Starting in the fall of 2007, the network was to have cut the first commercial break in every prime time show to only 60 seconds in length. It also planned to air the 2008 series Idolos de Juventud
Idolos de Juventud
Idolos de Juventud is a Spanish-language telenovela produced by the United States-based television network Telemundo.This limited-run series about a fictional pop-music reality show in Mexico debuts during the summer of 2008, airing weekdays from 7-8 p.m...

 uninterrupted, using pervasive product placement instead of traditional ad spots. NBC also announced the intention to dispose of the original Telemundo station in Puerto Rico (Channel 2) and Los Angeles' KWHY to finance the acquisition of Oxygen Media. On 21 December 2007, NBC Universal announced that WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital 2.1. The station is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and is branded simply as Telemundo....

 was no longer for sale, indicating that Telemundo Puerto Rico would stay within the NBC family.

On March 18, 2008 Grupo Televisa and NBC Universal announced a 10-year multiplatform agreement that would allow 1000 hours of Telemundo programming, including news, entertainment, specials, and sports, to be broadcast over not only Televisa's free-to-air channels, but also Televisa's SKY México
SKY México
SKY México is a company that operates a subscription television service in the Mexico, Central America, Dominican Republic area. It produces TV content, and owns several TV channels...

 and cable system starting in April, as well as a planned Telemundo pay channel to be launched later in the year. On October 8, 2008, Hillary Hattler the station's president gathered several employees and offered them a "retirement plan", but the initiative gathered criticism from most of those present in the meeting.

Collins announced in 2008 that she was to leave Telemundo when her contract expired in August that year and that she wished to return to news anchoring. "Cada Dia" was cancelled that May due to low ratings, and was replaced by a new morning show called "Levántate" ("Get up"), which aired live from Telemundo's WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital 2.1. The station is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and is branded simply as Telemundo....

, with segments out of WSCV
WSCV
WSCV Telemundo 51 is the Telemundo O&O that serves the Miami - Fort Lauderdale area and licensed to Fort Lauderdale. The transmitter is located in Miramar. The station also serves as the de facto Telemundo affiliate for the West Palm Beach market. The station is owned by NBCUniversal along with NBC...

 in Miramar, Florida
Miramar, Florida
Miramar is a city in Broward County, Florida, United States. The city was named after the Miramar district of Havana, Cuba. As of the 2010 census, the population was 122,041...

, and also out of New York, Los Angeles, and Mexico studios.

On November 14, 2008 it was announced that Telemundo would end its two-year online relationship with Yahoo!
Yahoo!
Yahoo! Inc. is an American multinational internet corporation headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, United States. The company is perhaps best known for its web portal, search engine , Yahoo! Directory, Yahoo! Mail, Yahoo! News, Yahoo! Groups, Yahoo! Answers, advertising, online mapping ,...

 on January 1, 2009 to launch a standalone hub at telemundo.com, with Microsoft
Microsoft
Microsoft Corporation is an American public multinational corporation headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA that develops, manufactures, licenses, and supports a wide range of products and services predominantly related to computing through its various product divisions...

 as content distributor.

On April 23, 2009 Telemundo became the first U.S.-based Spanish-language network to begin airing its prime time programming in 1080i
1080i
1080i is the shorthand name for a high-definition television mode. The i means interlaced video; 1080i differs from 1080p, in which the p stands for progressive scan. The term 1080i assumes a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9, implying a frame size of 1920×1080 pixels...

 16:9 high definition
High-definition television
High-definition television is video that has resolution substantially higher than that of traditional television systems . HDTV has one or two million pixels per frame, roughly five times that of SD...

. Initially, Telemundo O&Os
Owned-and-operated television stations in the United States
In the United States, owned-and-operated television stations constitute only a portion of their parent television networks, due to an ownership limit imposed by the Federal Communications Commission...

 in nine markets (New York
WNJU
WNJU, channel 47, is the flagship station of the Spanish-language Telemundo television network, licensed to Linden, New Jersey and serving the Tri-State area television market. WNJU is owned by NBCUniversal, and is one-half of a duopoly with NBC network flagship WNBC-TV...

, Los Angeles
KVEA
KVEA is a Spanish-language television station in the Los Angeles area owned and operated by NBC Universal and the West Coast flagship station of the Telemundo network. It was the first mainland U.S. station owned by Telemundo at the network's launch in the late 1980's...

, Chicago
WSNS-TV
WSNS-TV, channel 44, is an owned-and-operated station of the Spanish-language Telemundo network, located in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This station is owned by NBCUniversal, which is also the parent company of Telemundo...

, Dallas-Fort Worth
KXTX-TV
KXTX-TV, digital channel 40 , is the Telemundo owned-and-operated station in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas Designated Market Area...

, San Francisco
KSTS
KSTS is the NBCUniversal owned and operated Telemundo television station in the San Francisco Bay Area market. The station is located in San Jose, California and broadcasts on digital channel 49. KSTS shares facilities with NBC sister operation KNTV. The new all-digital broadcast center was opened...

, Houston
KTMD
KTMD is a full-power television station licensed to Galveston, Texas transmitting over digital channel 48, displaying channel 47 to tuners via PSIP...

, Miami
WSCV
WSCV Telemundo 51 is the Telemundo O&O that serves the Miami - Fort Lauderdale area and licensed to Fort Lauderdale. The transmitter is located in Miramar. The station also serves as the de facto Telemundo affiliate for the West Palm Beach market. The station is owned by NBCUniversal along with NBC...

, Las Vegas
KBLR (TV)
KBLR is a Telemundo station serving Las Vegas, Nevada, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal. Located at digital channel 40, its transmitter is located in Las Vegas on Black Mountain...

, and Puerto Rico
WKAQ-TV
WKAQ-TV is a full-power television station located in San Juan, Puerto Rico transmitting over digital 2.1. The station is owned and operated by NBCUniversal and is branded simply as Telemundo....

) were to air Telemundo programming in HD. The remaining O&Os were to phase in HD programming over the next twelve months. It was unknown if and when third-party-owned affiliates would follow suit.

Telemundo and Televisa launched a jointly owned network in Mexico in August 2009. The new network is available on cable and satellite in Mexico.

On January 28, 2011, Comcast
Comcast
Comcast Corporation is the largest cable operator, home Internet service provider, and fourth largest home telephone service provider in the United States, providing cable television, broadband Internet, and telephone service to both residential and commercial customers in 39 states and the...

 completed its $6.5 billion dollar acquisition of a 51% majority stake in NBC Universal, acquiring control of Telemundo as part of the deal.

Primetime and daytime schedule

Telemundo airs its 8–11 pm (ET/PT) weekday programs (usually telenovelas) using a form of the Turner Time scheduling strategy used by TBS from 1981 until 1997. That is to say, each program starts a few minutes after its officially scheduled time, typically three or four minutes after the hour. Shows also bleed over into the next time slot. This encourages viewers to stay tuned to Telemundo instead of joining another channel's program in progress. The 11 pm news broadcasts start at the conventional time, however. The reverse is the case on weekends when football matches are aired, when all programs airing prior to the game are aired five minutes before the hour or half-hour; on weekend days when football matches are not aired, regularly scheduled programming is aired in their conventional timeslots.

The movie blocks typically show dubbed Hollywood films. The Disney anthology, El Maravilloso Mundo de Disney
Disney anthology television series
The Walt Disney anthology television series refers to a television series which has been produced by the Walt Disney Company under several different titles from 1955 to 2008...

, airs monthly.

English subtitles

Telemundo was once the only US Spanish-language network to provide English subtitles of its weekday prime-time programming. They appear as closed captions
Closed captioning
Closed captioning is the process of displaying text on a television, video screen or other visual display to provide additional or interpretive information to individuals who wish to access it...

 on CC3 in standard definition and digital service 2 in HDTV. The network produces the translations in-house and intends them to attract Hispanic viewers who may not be fluent in Spanish. Programs appear with a special digital on-screen graphic at the start of each episode (see right).

Programs which had English captions during their original broadcast will also have them in repeats. Some programs (notably the long-running erotic anthology Decisiones
Decisiones
Decisiones is a Telemundo-produced Spanish-language television anthology of steamy melodramas about passion and sex in the modern world. The hour-long series features impassioned people thrust into amorous adventures and pushed to their breaking points...

), have translations in some episodes but not others, depending on when they were produced. Availability of English subtitles is limited to the technical capacity of the local station, cable or satellite provider, or other outlet to pass them on.

The captions premiered with La Cenicienta and Amor Descarado on September 8, 2003. This generated a small, loyal fan base among English-speaking viewers. Subtitles briefly disappeared without notice starting October 14, 2008, amid budget cuts and the change from analog to digital at Telemundo. The network cited the need to concentrate resources on its core Spanish-speaking audience, but soon reversed the cancellation due to popular demand. They began reappearing on March 30, 2009.

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