Telemundo boosting its Spanish-language newscasts

Telemundo 51 co-anchors Ambrosio Hernández and Daisy Ballmajó
Telemundo 51 co-anchors Ambrosio Hernández and Daisy Ballmajó

NBCUniversal said Monday that it is enhancing its 17 Telemundo stations, as part of a major investment to better serve Spanish-language viewers.

Among the enhancements, the Telemundo Station Group said it is debuting a new half-hour early evening newscast to provide viewers with an additional 150 minutes each week of local breaking news coverage and up-to-the-minute weather reports in their markets.

The newcasts follow other enhancements made during the past 18 months, including: adding four new stations; hiring 160 new employees across all 17 stations, primarily in the news departments; launching more than 35 hours a week of new local newscasts in seven markets; establishing new consumer investigative units at five Telemundo stations; and debuting new state-of-the art sets at the Telemundo stations in Los Angeles, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Francisco Bay Area, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Las Vegas.

In addition, Telemundo has rolled out new on-screen graphics and visual designs across all stations starting this month; and added news bureaus in Washington, D.C., Mexico City and Miami, each with correspondents gathering news for the local stations, among other efforts.

Telemundo Station Group serves Spanish-speaking viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles; New York; Miami-Fort Lauderdale; Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, San Antonio and Harlingen, Texas; Chicago; San Francisco; Phoenix; Fresno; Denver; Philadelphia; Las Vegas; Boston; Tucson and Puerto Rico.