via press release:
|TELEMUNDO RECOGNIZED BY THE WORLD BOXING ORGANIZATION AS BEST LATINO NETWORK OF THE YEAR|
|Network’s Executive Vice President of Sports, Jorge Hidalgo, Received the Award Presented by WBO’s President Francisco Varcarcel|
|MIAMI – October 30, 2012– Telemundo was recognized by the World Boxing Organization (WBO) as the Latino TV Network of the year at the organization’s 25th annual convention, held last night at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in South Florida.
“Telemundo has been a supporter of boxing for more than 20 years,” said Francisco Valcarcel, President of the World Boxing Organization. “Boxing fans have watched new fighters develop in ‘Boxeo Telemundo’ for decades. For the support and commitment they lend to boxing, we present this award to them.”
“I am proud to receive this award on behalf of the Deportes Telemundo team. ‘Boxeo Telemundo’ is the network’s longest running show with over 23 years on the air and we are extremely committed to serving our viewers,” said Hidalgo.
Current and former world champions, world renowned coaches, managers, promoters, officers and other prominent figures from the political, social and cultural sectors were among the attendants at this year’s conference.
Felix “Tutico” Zabala Jr., president, All Star Boxing Inc. added, “I am happy for Jorge and the Deportes Telemundo team. This award acknowledges their long held commitment to Hispanic boxing through ‘Boxeo Telemundo.’”
As Telemundo’s executive vice president of Network Sports, Hidalgo oversees the network sports department, all network sports programming, acquisitions and events. A seasoned television executive with more than 30 years in the industry, Hidalgo has twice been named among the 101 most influential minorities in sports by Sports Illustrated magazine and one of the most powerful Hispanics in sports by Hispanic Business and Poder magazines. In addition, Hidalgo has been honored with four Sports Emmys from the National Television Academy and was recently recognized by the Suncoast Emmy Awards with the Silver Circle Award for his distinguished and significant contributions to both the TV industry and the community.
Hidalgo is credited for developing some of Telemundo’s major sports franchises. “Boxeo Telemundo,” a monthly boxing late-night series, is the network’s longest running show with over 23 years on the air and a legacy of providing a springboard for hundreds of Hispanic boxers and future world champions. “Boxeo Telemundo” was the first sports show in Spanish-Language television to go HD.
Hidalgo has been in charge of the network’s continuous Olympic coverage since the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, including the recent broadcast of the London 2012 Games, the most extensive Olympic coverage in Telemundo’s history.