Beto Ortiz

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Beto Ortiz (birth name: Humberto Ortiz Pajuelo) (Lima, 1968) is a Peruvian journalist TV personality and writer living now (from October 2006) back in Lima. Before that, he lived in New York City. His claim to national fame was through "Beto A saber" (2000), a politically incorrect TV talk-show from which he harshly criticized Fujimori's government while most of the Peruvian media remained silent.

One of his first appearances in Peruvian media was through several humorous stories he wrote for "No", a humorous supplement to "Si", a very well known Peruvian magazine in 1987.

During his 15 years experience, Ortiz directed and hosted late-night shows and documentary series on national television. As a TV reporter he is the author of hundreds of stories on social and political issues, some of which were recognized with international awards. As a writer, he has published features and columns in the main newspapers and magazines in Peru. He is a columnist for "Peru 21" newspaper. His first novel, "Maldita Ternura" ("Damned Tenderness"), (Lima: Editorial Alfaguara, 2004) was a best-seller in Peru. He was the host of his own interview TV show "Ca11ate Beto" (Shut up Beto) on RBC (Channel 11, Lima - Perú).

He co -hosted the TV show "Enemigos Intimos" ("Intimate Enemies") on Frecuencia Latina along with colleague writer Aldo Miyashiro from March 2008 to first-quarter 2010, before being released from his journalist duties in Frecuencia Latina, due to Ideological Issues with New Executive management, more specifically Chief Executive Javier Urrutia.

Shortly after being released, He returned to TV co -hosting the TV show "Enemigos Publicos" ("Public Enemies") on Panamericana Television along with Aldo Miyashiro .In August 2010, Beto Ortiz Quit "Public Enemies" due to controversial declarations against Jaime Bayly on a TV Report. Beto Ortiz vs Jaime Bayly[1][2][3] A Short time later, "Public Enemies" was cancelled and replaced with another Late Night show, hosted by Miyashiro only, and different Peruvian guest-stars. However, This show lasted briefly before being cancelled when the whole Journalist and Reporting team of the Show left Miyashiro's Show to work along with Beto Ortiz in a future New TV Project.

He is currently considering to return to TV on a Late Night Show via Frecuencia Latina, former TV network that released him earlier in 2010.


  • Maldita Ternura (Novel), Alfaguara 2004
  • Grandes Sobras (Chronicles), Paradero Editores 2006
  • Pequeñas Infidencias (Letters), Estruendo Mudo 2007
  • Mis Pequeños Vandalos (Book of Literature for Teenagers), 2007
  • Por favor no me beses (Compilated Selection of Proses ), Editorial Planeta 2009
  • Soy el Hombre de mi Vida, Editorial Planeta 2010

Journalistic Experience[edit]

  • August 2001 to the present "Peru 21" Newspaper Columnist
  • 2002 Frecuencia Latina. TV Channel 2. Host, writer and director "Secret Lives" -Vidas Secretas (Series of biographic documentaries)
  • 2002 Frecuencia Latina. TV Channel 2. Host and director Late night show (live) "God deliver us from Beto Ortiz"-Dios Nos Beto Ortiz
  • 2001 Frecuencia Latina. TV Channel 2. Host and director Late night show (live)"Nobody sleeps... with Beto Ortiz" -Nadie se duerma ..con Beto Ortiz
  • 2000 Canal A Producciones. Channel 11. Host and director Political Talk show "Beto A Saber" [ Playword between Spanish "Go figure" or "You,..Go to Know for Yourself" and "Beto to Know"] (live)
  • 1999 "Somos" Weekly magazine Interviews.
  • 1996-1999 America Televisión. TV Reporter "La Revista Dominical" news show
  • 1996 "Rumbos" Travel magazine Editor
  • 1993-1996 Panamericana Televisión. TV Reporter "Panorama" news show.
  • 1995 "El Mundo" Newspaper. Columnist
  • 1991-1993 "Caretas" Magazine Staff writer
  • 1990 "The San Diego Union" Newspaper Guest writer
  • 1990 "Pagina Libre" Staff writer
  • 1989 Andina Television. TV Reporter "Esta Noche" News show
  • 1989 "El Comercio" Newspaper. Staff writer (Police beat /Arts & Leisure)



Paris, France, 1995 UNESCO (U.N. Cultural Fund) Gold Medal at the Port de Bouc International Festival of Young Journalists. Awarded to "Children of chaos", a documentary about street children in Lima, Peru.

Lima, 1994 "THE 1,000 WORDS SHORT-STORY" Literary Contest.

Lima, 1994 "Citizens for Peace" Award of Journalistic Excellence. Given by the Lawyers bar of Lima

Lima, 1993 UNICEF (U.N Children’s Fund) First Prize in journalistic contest Awarded to "Not for all the gold in the world" A documentary on children slavery in gold mines in Peru.



  1. ^ - Source El Comercio
  2. ^ Public Declarations From Panamericana Television Chief Executive
  3. ^ "Beto Ortiz renunció a "Enemigos Públicos" y ya no pertenece a Panamericana Television". Retrieved 28 September 2016.