CNN Latino shutting down a year after launch

 
 
Maria Elvira Salazar when her show on CNN Latino Miami was announced in August 2013.
Maria Elvira Salazar when her show on CNN Latino Miami was announced in August 2013.
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CNN Latino is shutting down just a year after its launch, the network announced Wednesday.

The eight-hour syndicated news and entertainment block in Spanish-language it provided to local stations will end later this month.

“CNN Latino was a bold effort to continue CNN’s commitment to the U.S. Hispanic marketplace. Unfortunately, despite the great efforts of many talented people, CNN Latino was not able to fulfill our business expectations and we are discontinuing the programming this month,” a CNN spokesperson said in a statement.

An unknown number of staffers will lose their jobs. In South Florida, CNN Latino provided programming to local stations, Canal 12 - WDFL. The channel will continue to broadcast its own programs independently without the block of eight-hours per day that CNN Latino provided.

Maria Elvira , the program of the Cuban journalist Maria Elvira Salazar , which airs Monday to Friday at 8 p.m., is not produced by CNN Latino, so its continuity in the air will depend on the decisions made by channel operators.

Oppenheimer, hosted by Miami Herald reporter/Nuevo Herald journalist Andres Oppenheimer, will continue to air in its regular schedule for the chain.

CNN Latino Miami debuted in August 2013 in South Florida as part of Time Warner 's effort to create a national television network in Spanish. Their goal was to reach 65 percent of U.S. Hispanic households through a series of alliances with premium membership in specific markets, with a high local content programming.

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