Aló Ciudadano

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Aló Ciudadano
Logo Alo Ciudadano.png
Created by Leopoldo Castillo
Starring Leopoldo Castillo
Carlos Acosta
Marjorie Martínez
José Francisco Rivera
María Isabel Párraga
Isabel González Capriles
Alejandra Otero
Sheina Chang Montero
Mariana Reyes
Country of origin Venezuela
Running time 3 hours
Original network Globovisión (2002-2013), Circuito Nacional Belfort (2002-2008), RCR (2009-2013).
Original release September 27, 2002 – August 16, 2013.

Aló Ciudadano (Hello Citizen) was a Venezuelan talk show hosted by Leopoldo Castillo as the opposition counterpart of Aló Presidente launched by Hugo Chávez government in 1999. It was aired both on the Globovisión 24-hour television news network and Radio Caracas Radio (RCR) network until 2013.


Host Leopoldo Castillo at Aló Ciudadano studios.

Aló Ciudadano was hosted by Leopoldo Castillo and co-hosted by journalist Sheila Chang Montero, Maria Alejandra Trujillo and Pedro Pablo Peñaloza.

The show was interactive; people were able to call the show and give their opinions and/or complaints or they could send text messages, which appeared on the news ticker. Leopoldo Castillo conducted interviews and he usually discussed politics.[1]

Leopoldo Castillo began his show saying "Ciudadanos de la República Bolivariana de Venezuela" ("citizens of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela"). During the show, Sheina Chang read news headlines from the main news websites of Venezuela and Latin America, and conducted interviews along with Castillo.


The show began airing in late 2002, and was originally hosted by Leopoldo Castillo and co-hosted by Carlos Acosta and Marjorie Martínez. It was the most popular opinion program for the Venezuelan political opposition to Hugo Chávez and Nicolas Maduro governments. While in Venezuela many newspapers, radio stations, television broadcasting companies, and websites which are in majority opposed to the government are closing down, Aló Ciudadano was one of the few broadcasts (mainly in Globovision) that were not owed by or affiliated to the Venezuelan government.[2][3] The show revived in 2016 as "El Ciudadano" on MiraTV. The show followed the same format, however it ran 1 hour Monday-Friday instead of 3 hours like its predecessor. The show debuted on July 2016 and ended on December 2016 and was viewable on television and YouTube. It is believed that the show has been quietly cancelled for unknown reasons, yet Leopoldo Castillo hasn't made an official announcement for the show's 2017 scheduling.


Country Name Períod Cast
 Venezuela Leopoldo Castillo 2002 — 2013 Conductor Principal
Sheina Chang 2005 — 2013 Conductora Principal
Pedro Pablo Peñaloza 2010 — 2013 Conductor Secundario
Maria Alejandra Trujillo 2011 — 2013 Conductora Secundaria
Country Name Períod
 Venezuela Nitu Pérez Osuna 2002-2013
María Elena Lavaud
Country Name Períod
 Venezuela Andreína Fuenmayor 2010 — 2012
Mariana Reyes 2008 — 2011
María Isabel Párraga 2004 — 2008
Alejandra Otero 2005 — 2007
José Francisco Rivera 2004 — 2005
Isabel González Capriles 2004 — 2005
Marjorie Martínez 2002 — 2004
Carlos Acosta 2002 — 2004


Hugo Chávez and his supporters have accused Aló Ciudadano of making racist comments.

Although Aló Ciudadano does oppose Chávez's government, they have invited numerous pro-Chavez people on his show, such as the former mayor of the Libertador municipality, Freddy Bernal.

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