Estrella TV

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Estrella TV
Type Spanish-language broadcast television network
Country  United States
Headquarters Burbank, California
Broadcast area
National
Owner LBI Media
Key people
Lenard Liberman
(President/CEO/Executive Vice President, Liberman Broadcasting)
Launch date
September 14, 2009
Official website
www.estrellatv.com

Estrella TV (stylized on-air as estrellaTV; translated as Star TV) is a Spanish-language American broadcast television network that is owned by Liberman Broadcasting. The network formally launched on September 14, 2009.

Programming[edit]

The majority of Estrella TV's programming is produced through the production division of network parent company Liberman Broadcasting, with some of the network's programs previously having been syndicated on Liberman's Spanish language independent stations prior to the formation of the network. Much of Estrella TV's programming consists of variety series (such as Estudio 2 and El Show de Don Cheto), sketch comedy series (such as Los Chuperamigos and Fábrica de la Risa) and reality programs (such as Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento), along with a limited amount of scripted programs (such as Secretos and Historias Delirantes).

In addition, the network broadcasts Spanish-language feature films that air during the midday hours each Monday through Saturday, and during the afternoon and evening hours on Sundays. Estrella TV offers very limited programming during late night time periods as infomercials run on the network from 12:00 to 6:00 a.m. Eastern Time seven nights each week.

News programming[edit]

In addition to offering entertainment content, Estrella TV operates its own news division, Noticiero Estrella TV, which features news content aimed towards the Hispanic market in the United States and Latin America. Noticiero Estrella TV produces a weekday evening news program of the same name that airs at 5:30 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time and originates from Los Angeles. The network also offers a late evening newscast at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time called Cierre de Edición, which is more in-depth in tone compared to the early evening edition is anchored by Enrique Gratas (former anchor of Noticiero Univision: Última Hora). In addition to Noticiero Estrella TV, the network also produces two daily entertainment-based newsmagazine programs: Estrellas Hoy and En Vivo.

Sports programming[edit]

On January 29, 2013, Estrella TV announced that it had acquired its first broadcast television rights to a televised sporting event with the U.S. rights to telecast soccer games from Alianza F.C. The first game was broadcast six days later on February 3.[1]

Affiliates[edit]

Current[edit]

City Station Channel Owner
Albuquerque, New Mexico KOAT-TV[2]
7.2
Hearst Television
Amarillo, Texas KLKW-LD
22.1
DTV America Corporation
Austin, Texas KVUE[3]
24.2
Belo Corporation
Bakersfield, California KBBV-CD
19.1
Pappas Telecasting Companies
Boise, Idaho KZAK-LD
49.2
Cocola Broadcasting
Bellingham, WA / Vancouver, BC KBCB
24.2
Venture Technologies Group
Brownsville/Harlingen/McAllen, TX KVEO[4]
23.2
Communications Corporation of America
Concord/San Francisco/Sacramento, CA KTNC-TV[5]
42.1
Titan TV Broadcast Group
Chicago, IL WESV-LD
40.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX KMPX[6][7]
29.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Denver, CO KETD[8]
53.1
Liberman Broadcasting
El Paso, TX KTSM-TV[4]
9.2
Communications Corporation of America
Fresno, California KFRE-TV[9]
59.2
Titan Broadcast Group
Greensboro/High Point/Winston-Salem, NC WCWG[10]
20.3
Titan Broadcast Group
Houston, TX KZJL[6][7]
61.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Las Vegas, NV KVMY
21.2
Sinclair Broadcast Group
Los Angeles, CA KRCA[6]
62.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Lubbock, Texas KNKC-LD
29.1
DTV America Corporation
Miami, Florida WSVN[7]
7.2
Sunbeam Television
Monterey, California KMBY-LD[11]
19.2
Cocola Broadcasting
New York City/Port Jervis, NY WASA-LD
24.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma KOCY-LP[12]
48.1
Tyler Media Group
Omaha, Nebraska KPTM-TV
42.3
Titan Broadcast Group
Orlando, Florida WKCF[13]
18.3
Hearst Television
Phoenix, AZ KVPA-LD[4]
42.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Portland, Oregon KGW[3]
8.3
Belo Corporation
Reno/Sparks, Nevada KNRC-LD[14]
14.1
FMI Media
Roswell, New Mexico KOCT-TV[2]
6.2
Hearst Television
Salt Lake City, Utah KPNZ[4]
24.1
Liberman Broadcasting
San Antonio, Texas KENS-TV[3]
5.2
Belo Corporation
San Diego, CA KSDX-LD[6]
29.1
Liberman Broadcasting
Silver City, New Mexico KOVT-TV[2]
10.2
Hearst Television
Tampa, Florida WMOR-TV[15]
32.3
Hearst Television
Tucson, Arizona KTTU-TV[3]
18.2
Belo Corporation
Tyler/Longview, TX KETK-TV[4]
56.2
Communications Corporation of America
Tulsa, OK KXAP-LD[16]
51.1
Teletul Media Group
Waco/Temple, TX KWKT[4]
44.2
Communications Corporation of America
West Palm Beach, Florida WPBF-TV[17]
25.2
Hearst Television
Midland-Odessa, Texas KPEJ-TV
24.2
Communications Corporation of America
Nationwide Charter Communications
Latino
tier
N/A

Former[edit]

City Station Channel Owner Status
Fort Bragg, CA KUNO-TV[5]
8.1
Titan TV Broadcast Group Sold to Jeff Chang and broke off from KTNC-TV in 2010; now an independent station as KQSL
New York City, NY WPIX[6][7][18]
11.4
Tribune Company Was dropped by station in May 2012; affiliation moved to Liberman-owned WASA-LD, which carried the network alongside WPIX from February to May 2012.
Wichita, KS KCTU-LD
43.2
River City Broadcasters, Inc. Was dropped by station due to content complaints.[19]

Controversy[edit]

In February 2011, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) and the National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) filed a joint complaint with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in response to a talk show that was broadcast by Estrella TV, José Luis Sin Censura, due to repeated instances of verbal and physical abuse against LGBT and female guests.[20] More than 30 organizations also responded in the demand for Liberman to take action in regards of the program.[21] According to GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios, "This show serves no role except to fuel a climate of intolerance and violence against our community. The FCC has an obligation to stand up against this offensive program, which has no place on our airwaves."[21]

In response to the controversy, AT&T and Time Warner Cable withdrew their advertising from the program.[19] In addition, Miami affiliate WSVN opted to pre-empt José Luis Sin Censura, while KCTU-LD in Wichita, Kansas pulled the network entirely from one of its subchannels in late 2010, with General Manager Ron Nutt citing that programming on Estrella TV in general "was so objectionable that, at one point or another, half of its viewership had called us with a complaint. They are going for sensationalism. If an English-language network put out this content, they would be asking for trouble." In September 2011, José Luis Sin Censura was officially canceled.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Estrella TV To Broadcast Primera League Soccer, TVNewsCheck, January 29, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c "KOAT Albuquerque Adding Estrella TV". TVNEWSDAY. July 9, 2009. Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Four Belo Stations Grab Estrella TV". Broadcasting & Cable. May 19, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Stations for Network - Estrella TV". RabbitEars. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Estrella TV Gains San Francisco Affil". Mediaweek. May 15, 2009. Retrieved 2009-05-19. 
  6. ^ a b c d e "Coming, a new force in Hispanic TV". Media Life Magazine. March 20, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Estrella TV Inks Affil. Deal With Sunbeam". Mediaweek. April 6, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  8. ^ Ostrow, Joanne (28 January 2010). "Denver's TV market to get new Latino station". The Denver Post (Denver, CO: MediaNews Group). Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  9. ^ TVNEWSDAY. August 12, 2009 KFRE Fresno, Calif., Adding Estrella TV http://www.tvnewscheck.com/article/34645/kfre-fresno-calif-adding-estrella-tv KFRE Fresno, Calif., Adding Estrella TV |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  10. ^ "WCWG-TV Signs on Estrella TV". Television Broadcast. May 4, 2010. Retrieved May 21, 2010. 
  11. ^ TVNEWSDAY. December 1, 2010 http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/460521-EstrellaTV_Cuts_Affiliate_Deal_with_KMBY_TV.php |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 2009-07-09. 
  12. ^ Estrella TV launches in Oklahoma City, OK
  13. ^ http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/content_display/news/local-broadcast/e3iaa05fecf97736efd747ec82a6d09545d
  14. ^ TVNewsCheck (June 7, 2010). "Estrella TV Adds KNRC Reno To Lineup". TVNewsCheck. Retrieved August 4, 2010. 
  15. ^ http://www.wmortv32.com/station/20087317/detail.html
  16. ^ Estrella TV Enters Oklahoma With KXAP-LP, TVNewsCheck, July 19, 2010.
  17. ^ "WPBF West Palm Beach Adding Estrella TV". TVNewsCheck. August 10, 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  18. ^ "Estrella Takes Manhattan". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2009-09-19. 
  19. ^ a b c GLAAD: "AT&T, Time Warner Cable and Two Affiliates Drop ‘José Luis Sin Censura’/AT&T, Time Warner Cable y Dos Estaciones de TV Retiran a ‘José Luis Sin Censura’", June 2, 2011.
  20. ^ GLAAD: "GLAAD, NHMC Call on FCC to Take Action against Anti-LGBT Spanish-Language Program ‘José Luis Sin Censura’", February 28, 2011.
  21. ^ a b GLAAD Press Release: "NHMC and GLAAD Decry José Luis Sin Censura's Disregard to Community Outcry", April 6, 2011.

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