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Tijuana, Baja California/San Diego, California
Mexico/United States
Branding Telemundo 33 (general)
Noticiero 33 (newscasts)
Slogan Te Da Más
Channels Digital: 34 (UHF)
Virtual: 33 (PSIP)
Subchannels (see article)
Affiliations Telemundo
Owner Televisora Alco S. de RL de CV (99,9%)
(Tele Nacional, S. de R.L. de C.V.)
Operator Entravision Communications
(40%-owner of Televisora Alco)
First air date September 2, 1981; 35 years ago (1981-09-02)
Sister station(s) KBNT-CD, XHDTV-TDT
Former channel number(s) Analog:
33 (UHF, 1981–2013)
Former affiliations Canal de las Estrellas (1981–1990)
Transmitter power 400 kW[1]
Height 236 m
Facility ID 178637
Transmitter coordinates 32°30′17.0″N 117°02′25.0″W / 32.504722°N 117.040278°W / 32.504722; -117.040278Coordinates: 32°30′17.0″N 117°02′25.0″W / 32.504722°N 117.040278°W / 32.504722; -117.040278
Licensing authority IFT
Website www.telemundo33.com

XHAS-TDT, virtual channel 33 (UHF digital channel 34), is a Telemundo-affiliated television station serving the San Diego–Tijuana international metropolitan area that is licensed to Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. The station is 99,9%-owned by Mexican-based Televisora Alco, a 40%-owned subsidiary of station's operator Entravision Communications;[2] XHAS is a sister station to MyNetworkTV affiliate XHDTV-TDT (channel 49), Univision affiliate KBNT-CD (channel 17) and UniMás affiliate KDTF-LD (channel 51). All four stations share studio facilities located on Ruffin Road in the Kearny Mesa section of San Diego, California, United States; XHAS maintains transmitter facilities on Mount San Antonio in Tijuana.


While XHAS received its concession and began operations in the fall of 1981, its history stretched back to the late 1960s. In March 1968, Mario Rincón Espinosa, the head of Tele Nacional, S.A., requested and received a concession to build a UHF station in Tijuana. At this time, the callsign XHAS-TV and channel number 33 were assigned, with a visual effective radiated power of 105 kW.[3] With the technical parameters set, Tele Nacional set out to build the station, and after some delays, it submitted the technical details in 1970. The next year, Rincón Espinosa was granted authorization to cut power in half; on several occasions in 1976, the SCT reached out to seek revised technical information and was not given a response. In July 1978, the Diario Oficial ran a notification warning that the SCT would begin an administrative proceeding to revoke the concession.[4]

The station first signed on the air in the fall of 1981 after receiving a new concession that September. It originally operated as an affiliate of Televisa's Canal de las Estrellas for all but two hours a day, when it aired a limited slate of Mexican movies and independent programs.

In 1985, XHAS began to air a local newscast titled Síntesis. It subcontracted a company, Logovisión, to produce the program, which got viewers' attention for its independence — and Televisa's attention for allegedly disrespecting Mexican institutions.[5] Síntesis was regarded as more unbiased in its coverage than Televisa's newscasts; it beat XEWT's news in local surveys and reported news of voting irregularities in the 1989 Baja California gubernatorial elections.[6] Televisa retaliated by pulling programs from the XHAS local block, the only time when it could sell its own advertising. The station began taking programs from Imevisión to fill the local window instead. In September 1990, given the uneasy state of relations between station and network, XHAS switched its affiliation to the U.S.-based Spanish language network Telemundo; the Síntesis newscast moved from 10pm to 11pm as a result of the changes.

In December 1994, new management at XHAS fired the Síntesis team and built their own news department; after five months on local radio, Síntesis moved to XHJK and Televisión Azteca, where it remained for eight years.[7] A weekday 6pm newscast launched in 2002.[8]

XHAS carried 109 Spanish-language telecasts of the San Diego Padres in the 2005 season.[9]

In January 2017, NBC announced that it is hiring people for KNSD with the intention of launch a new Telemundo O&O station in San Diego, replacing XHAS-TDT (whose affiliation will expire in June 2017).[10][11] Following the loss of Telemundo programming, XHAS will become an affiliate of Azteca America on July 1, 2017; the network, which had been affiliated with KZSD-LP, will be carried on a subchannel of sister station XHDTV-TDT from March 15, 2017 until XHAS joins the network.[12]

Digital television[edit]

Digital channels[edit]

The station's digital channel is multiplexed:[13]

Channel Video Aspect PSIP Short Name Programming[14]
33.1 1080i 16:9 TELEMU Main XHAS-TDT programming / Telemundo
33.2 480i 4:3 LATV LATV

Analog-to-digital transition[edit]

While the United States completed its transition to full-power digital television on June 12, 2009, Mexico made the transition over a period of several years 4 years later, XHAS-TV discontinued its analog signal on May 28, 2013, as all television stations in the Tijuana metropolitan area were required to convert to digital-exclusive broadcasts on that date as part of a pilot program;[15] the stations were later ordered to resume analog transmissions until July 18, 2013 due to concerns about the interaction of the shutoff with state elections.


XHAS-TV presently broadcasts five hours of local newscasts each week (with one hour on weekdays); the station does not produce newscasts on Saturdays and Sundays. The station broadcasts half-hour local newscasts each weeknight at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m. While it competes with the local newscasts on Univision-affiliated sister station KBNT-CD seen in the same timeslots, as the two stations share studio facilities in Entravision's building, XHAS focuses its newscasts more on issues affecting Tijuana (competing against locally programmed XEWT-TDT (channel 12)), while KBNT-CD focuses more on San Diego.

News team[edit]

Current on-air staff[edit]

  • Martin Borchard - news anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Humberto Gurmilan - sports anchor; weeknights at 6:00 and 11:00 p.m.
  • Yolanda Cabellero - general assignment reporter
  • Claudia Orozco - general assignment reporter
  • Adriana Rodriguez - general assignment reporter


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TV. Last modified 2017-02-27. Retrieved 2015-08-28.
  2. ^ Entravision Communications Corp. 10-k
  3. ^ "NOTIFICACION relativa a la solicitud del C. Mario Rincón Espinosa, Presidente del Consejo de Administración de la empresa Tele Nacional, S. A., para instalar y explotar una estación de televisión comercial en la banda UHF, en Tijuana, B. Cfa.", Diario Oficial October 16, 1968
  4. ^ "OFICIO por el que se comunica el inicio de procedimiento administrativo de caducidad de concesión de la empresa Tele Nacional, S. A., concesionario de la estación Televisora XHAS, en Tijuana, B. C.", Diario Oficial July 5, 1978
  5. ^ Calderón, Vincente (1990-10-21). "TV's border scene - More stations scramble for booming bicultural market". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  6. ^ Calderón, Vincente (1990-10-21). "'Sintesis' trains bold eye of truth on Tijuana's news scene". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  7. ^ Dibble, Sandra (1995-04-10). "Tijuana news team rejoices in return to TV". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  8. ^ Turegano, Preston (2002-10-28). "Two Spanish-language stations go head-to-head across border". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  9. ^ Krasovic, Tom (2005-03-26). "Burroughs expects to be back in lineup". San Diego Union-Tribune. 
  10. ^ Anchor, Telemundo San Diego in San Diego, California - NBCUniversal Careers
  11. ^ Form 10-K - U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  12. ^ Lafayette, Jon (March 6, 2017). "Azteca America Adds New Affiliate in San Diego Market". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved March 6, 2017. 
  13. ^ RPC: Authorization for Multiprogramming - XHAS-TDT. Note that a proposed DT3 of Telemundo in SD was denied.
  14. ^ RabbitEars TV Query for XHAS
  15. ^ http://dof.gob.mx/nota_detalle.php?codigo=5246325&fecha=04/05/2012
  16. ^ a b Noticias 33

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