In the past, Telemundo 52 has distinguishes itself in doing stories of high interest to the local Latino community of Southern California. The network's style of Investigative reporting has broken important stories that have (to name only a few) exposed local abuses in underage farm labor, the state of local Latino veterans returning home from the battle field, and showcased inspiring tales of courage like the story (picture above) of the kidney transplant between Angela Carole Brown and Hans San Juan.
The network, however, has been showing a disturbing trend of silencing investigative reporting. Last year, Telemundo 52 cancelled “En Contexto” with Ruben Luengas, an award-winning news magazine style show that aired weeknights at 11:00PM. It was a top-rated show that increased ratings and market share for Telemundo by showcasing in-depth investigative reporting on critical issues of interest to the communities of Southern California. The show proved itself to be a runaway success to the network because it set itelf apart from the rest of the local late night news programming in Spanish.
Telemundo 52 has now silenced more voices that have a track record of reporting important community issues. After working 10 years at Telemundo, also award-winning Vicky Gutierrez was recently terminated without any explanation, along with four other reporters. Click here to read more about the types of stories that Vicky Gutierrez and "En Contexto" featured.
The stories of interest that Vicky Gutierrez, Ruben Luengas, and other key reporters at Telemundo highlighted in the community drove record ratings in key demographics to the network precisely because it separated the channel's news programming from the rest of other networks'.
Yet, it would appear that new management from Miami led by Jose Cancela recently brought in to manage Telemundo in Southern California insists that the local community doesn’t care about in-depth style of reporting. Is this a case of out-of-touch management views driving that network’s viewership into a ditch? Are we going to let out-of-state management at Telemundo dictate what we should care about in Southern California?
Tell NBCUniversal, owner of Telemundo 52: stop the silencing of reporters that cover our community issues! Bring back quality reporting like "En Contexto" and Vicky Gutierrez!
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