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April 30, 1988 | TED VOLLMER, Times Staff Writer
In an effort to bolster the country's Latino voice in this year's elections, an organization of Spanish-language publications on Friday announced a national voter-registration campaign. Zeke Montes, president of the National Assn. of Hispanic Publications, said the effort will be waged through public service ads and editorials urging Latinos to register to vote.
A small television network that found success by finely parsing foreign-language television markets--like a channel in Seattle that splits its programming between German- and Chinese-language shows--is sending out a new signal from the top of Mt. Wilson. On Monday, Venture Technologies Group launched KSFV-TV (Channel 26 and only available in Southern California), a 24-hour, Spanish-language television station that may be the first geared toward the estimated 1.
September 15, 1988 | MEG SULLIVAN, Times Staff Writer
A Spanish-language call-in program about crime prevention last week included plenty of criticism of the Oxnard police. One viewer of the cable TV show's debut complained that police officers do nothing about prostitutes and drug dealers on Oxnard Boulevard. Another, whose house on D Street was burglarized twice over a short period, said an officer suggested that the viewer prevent more burglaries by moving.
April 14, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
The Latino movie wave in Hollywood could get a new boost from the record number of Spanish-language films the AFI Fest has scheduled for its second year, event organizers said. The 17 movies on the two-week schedule represent one of the first attempts at encompassing the full universe of Spanish-language film, said Rosa Bosch, the AFI's Latino film coordinator.
May 19, 2002 | From Times wire reports
The Home Shopping Network's foray into Spanish-speaking homes is coming to an end after the company spent millions of dollars on the effort but failed to boost its sales. After three years, Home Shopping Espanol will close over the next several months as its contracts expire, the Miami-based company told its 75 employees. Spanish-speaking viewers apparently prefer to shop till they drop in English, company officials said.
January 12, 2014 | Ken Bensinger
For decades, finding Spanish-language books in the U.S. was like tilting at windmills. Booksellers stocked few titles in the language of Cervantes, and those they carried came at a hefty premium. A paperback copy of "Don Quijote" in the original Spanish could easily cost triple the price of a deluxe hard-bound translation in English -- if it could be found at all. Retailers blamed the expense of importing books printed in Spain and Latin America. And U.S. publishers lost faith in the market after botched attempts to translate English-language bestsellers produced error-ridden Spanish versions that sold poorly.
September 12, 1987 | VICTOR VALLE, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II's visit to the United States is a feast for the nation's electronic news media, but in Los Angeles, the local Spanish-language television and radio stations rank among the broadcasters with the biggest commitment to covering the visit. Some Spanish-language broadcasters see the papal visit as a way to increase audience sizes and loyalties by providing public service programming at the expense of their regular commercially sponsored fare.
The last vacant spot on the local AM radio dial will be filled Monday with Southern California's first all-talk Spanish-language station. The inauguration of Orange-based KPLS (830 AM), which bills itself as La Voz ( the voice ) is the culmination of an 11-year effort by the Villanueva family of Los Angeles. Danny Villanueva Sr. built popular TV station KMEX-TV Channel 34 before selling it in 1986.
June 28, 1988 | VICTOR VALLE
Spanish-language television also will lay siege to Atlanta with beefed-up, live convention coverage. The Telemundo network plans to provide its 11 affiliates and five owned-and-operated stations in New York, Miami, Houston, Los Angeles and San Francisco with up to one hour of convention coverage a day. Half of it will be generated by the CNN-produced, half-hour Spanish-language newscast "Noticiero Telemundo-CNN."
September 2, 1989 | JESUS SANCHEZ, Times Staff Writer
When El Diario de Los Angeles made its debut as the city's third Spanish-language daily newspaper in May, 1987, its Mexican owners had high hopes. By winning over the area's large Latino community with a heavy dose of features and color photos, the investors expected to break even within a year. But two weeks ago, El Diario's current chief executive told the remaining staff that he expected the paper--which had already filed for bankruptcy--to fold permanently.
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