via press release:
TELEMUNDO STATION GROUP ACQUIRES PHILADELPHIA AFFILIATE, WWSI-TV
MIAMI- July 2, 2013- Telemundo Station Group today announced that it has completed the acquisition of its Philadelphia affiliate, WWSI-TV (Channel 49), from ZGS Communications. The transaction was completed yesterday, July 1, and the station group takes control of the full-power station. With this purchase, Telemundo Station Group now owns 16 full-power stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.
Effective September, WWSI-TV will relocate to share facilities and resources with NBC10 Philadelphia/WCAU, the NBC-owned station in the Philadelphia market. Further, it plans to launch a local Spanish-language newscast in January 2014 to offer viewers news and information that impact their lives. Additionally, Telemundo Station Group is in the process of acquiring a new antenna that will generate greater signal coverage effective December 1, 2013. Last, but not least, and as part of the efforts to provide an expanding, interactive experience, the station group will launch Telemundophiladelphia.com, a new branded, localized, full-service website serving the Hispanic community in that market.
“The acquisition of our affiliate WWSI further demonstrates our commitment to the local communities we serve,” said Manuel Abud, President, Telemundo Station Group. “We look forward to continue strengthening ties with our viewers in the Philadelphia DMA and providing them with a richer and engaging experience.”
According to Nielsen, the Philadelphia DMA, which includes South Jersey, parts of Delaware and Philadelphia, ranks #18 in the market and Hispanics comprise 10 percent of its total population. WWSI-TV is available on all major cable and satellite systems in the region.
ABOUT TELEMUNDO STATION GROUP
Telemundo Station Group, part of Telemundo Media, owns 16 television stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Producing and broadcasting more than 5,000 hours of unique and relevant local content each year, including award-winning news, public affairs and entertainment programs, Telemundo Station Group serves Hispanic viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Miami, Houston, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Chicago, Bay Area, San Antonio, Phoenix, Fresno, Denver, Las Vegas, Boston, Tucson, and Puerto Rico. In addition, Telemundo Station Group offers support to 50 affiliates across the country and manages dedicated local websites and applications, and a digital out-of-home operation that reaches consumers in 17 Hispanic markets. Telemundo Media, a division of NBCUniversal, is a world-class media company, leading the industry in the production and distribution of high-quality Spanish-language content across its multiplatform portfolio to U.S. Hispanics and audiences around the world.