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TypeSpanish-language broadcast television network
Costa Rica
United States
SloganParte de tu vida
(Part of your life)
HeadquartersSan José, Costa Rica
Miami, Florida
Broadcast area
Costa Rica
Key people
Angela Gonzalez
Fernando Contreras
Launch date
1993 (as Repretel 9)
Official website

Representaciones Televisivas (Televised Representations) S.A., commonly known as Repretel is a Costa Rican media company, founded by Angela Gonzalez, that came into competition with Teletica and Canal9. Repretel owns Costa Rican channels 4, 6, 11,46 and 2.[1] Repretel began operating in 1993 with Channel 9, in 2000 the lease expired and moved to Channel 4.[2] The company also operates 11 radio stations.[3]

In 2012, Repretel bought Channel 2, from Mrs. Roxie Blen and branded the channel as CDR 2.

TV Stations[edit]

Channel 6[edit]

Channel 6 is the flagship TV station, carries the most popular shows, entertainment,sports and news of the network. The news has four daily editions. Included in the entertainment programs is 2 and a half hours of programs aimed towards women.[3]

Repretel's Channel 6 has content similar to Teletica Channel 7's as they both mainly show United States shows and movies that are dubbed into Spanish.[4] The Soap opera My Sin was broadcast on Repretel's Channel 6 in 2011 because television programming's head, Annette Mejias, said that she wanted to show more programs with independent women.[5]

Repretel Channel 6 broadcasts the World Cup. During the 2006 World Cup, the channel's audience reported that the signal was poor. The cable company CableTica, which broadcasts the World Cup 24 hours after Repretel airs them, was accused of messing with the signal.[6] Channel 6 also broadcasts the Mexican animated series El Chavo which is based on a live action show of the same name.

Channel 4[edit]

Channel 4 mainly broadcasts programs aimed towards children along with films aired during the weekdays.[3]

Channel 11[edit]

Repretel's Channel 11 is on the air from midnight to noon with live footage of events occurring at night.[7] When NBC lost the right to broadcast in Costa Rica, the 2008 Summer Olympics was broadcast by Repretel's Channel 11. Xpertv Channel 33 broadcast it as well.[7]

Channel 2[edit]

Channel 2 transmits live radio talk shows format, from CDR-Radio Monumental station. Operates under the name of CDR-2 Central de Radios

Channel 46[edit]

Channel 46 relays classical music network Arpeggio.

Additional Info[edit]

All channels have both local news and news from abroad.[8] Repretel airs the Billboard Latin Music Awards.[9]

In 2006, Repretel started using two Duet MicroX systems to broadcast their programs. Duet MicroX gives Repretel the ability to create graphics, animation, and news highlights easily.[10]

Repretel's channels are programmed from Miami. Because of Repretel being based in Miami, the publisher of La Prensa Libre said that it could be harmful to Costa Rica culture.[1] The company controls nearly 30 percent of Costa Rica's advertising.[11]

Radio Stations[edit]

Repretel owns 11 radio stations in Costa Rica, all branded as CDR Central de Radios, the most notable stations are Radio Monumental and Radio Reloj.


In 2000, Repretel's channels directly competed with another Costa Rican media company, Teletica Channel 7. Even though Repretel had a large advertising revenue, Teletica came to dominate due to better ratings. The advertising revenue of Repretel in 2000 was $56 million.[12] As a result of the competition between the two media companies, Teletica was prompted to upgrade its programming and equipment.[13] A journalist believes that the quality of Repretel's channels may be "the manipulation of information" by an international media conglomerate.[1]


  1. ^ a b c J. Rockwell, Rick; Noreene Janus (2003). Media power in Central America. University of Illinois Press. p. 118. ISBN 978-0-252-02802-1. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  2. ^ "Negotiate sales channels 2 and 9". Capital Financiero. July 9, 2000. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c "Corporate: Repretel". Repretel. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  4. ^ McNeil, Jean; Keith Drew (2011). The Rough Guide to Costa Rica. Penguin. p. 57. ISBN 978-1-84836-908-5. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  5. ^ "Opens on Tuesday Repretel telenovela My sin". La Nacion. January 28, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "Repretel Blames Cabletica For Poor Signal During World Cup Airings". Inside Costa Rica. June 24, 2006. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  7. ^ a b Nicolas Ruggia (August 12, 2008). "Teletica and Repretel providing Olympics coverage". Tico Times. Archived from the original on January 19, 2011. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  8. ^ Van Rheenen, Erin (2010). Moon Living Abroad in Costa Rica. Avalon Travel. p. 270. ISBN 978-1-59880-530-7. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  9. ^ "Billboard Latin Music Awards Score High International Ratings". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 121 (19): 8. 2009. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  10. ^ "Repretel, TV Vanguarda add Chyron graphics". Broadcast Engineering. January 18, 2006. Retrieved December 20, 2011.
  11. ^ J. Rockwell, Rick; Noreene Janus (2003). Media power in Central America. University of Illinois Press. p. 121. ISBN 978-0-252-02802-1. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  12. ^ A. Blankson, Isaac; Patrick D. Murphy (2008). Negotiating Democracy: Media Transformations in Emerging Democracies. SUNY Press. p. 46. ISBN 978-0-7914-7234-7. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
  13. ^ J. Rockwell, Rick; Noreene Janus (2003). Media power in Central America. University of Illinois Press. p. 119. ISBN 978-0-252-02802-1. Retrieved December 24, 2011.

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