CNN Latino, the Spanish-language programming block, is expanding to Miami on WDFL-LD Channel 11 from 3-11 PM (ET) beginning in August. It can also be seen on Comcast Channel 18, on AT&T U-Verse Channel 20, and on Atlantic Broadband Channel 82.
WDFL is owned by MIA TV, LLC; a company led by Luis Perez, Manuel Enriquez, Gerardo Necuze, Judith Prado and Luis Isaias (The Isaias Group also known as TIG), which also operates CNN Latino TV affiliates in New York, Tampa and Orlando. In 2013, they merged WDFL with heritage cable channel Telemiami. Local programming will include a prime time daily talk show “Maria Elvira” hosted by well-known TV news anchor Maria Elvira Salazar and produced by MIA TV. Salazar’s career began in 1983 as a general assignment reporter for Channel 23. A year later, she joined Spanish International Network, which later became Univision.
With the addition of Miami to its existing presence in LA, New York, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix and Salt Lake City, CNN Latino programming will now be available in markets that represent more than one third of U.S Hispanic homes since its launch in January 2013.
CNN Latino’s programming, covering news, lifestyle, documentary, talk and debate, represents an alternative to traditional Hispanic networks.
The newly appointed President and General Manager for WDFL-Channel 11, Tomas Johansen, will launch and lead the affiliate station.
“We are thrilled to have accomplished such an important affiliation and look forward to delivering CNN Latino’s new and dynamic programming to South Florida,” said Judith Prado, Vice President of MIA TV, LLC. “We are also excited to offer Maria Elvira to the U.S. Hispanic television audience, which will become a critical way for all of us to receive our daily news.”