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Press Release

June 08, 2017

Station Group dispatches team of journalists to Russia to deliver original content to local audiences

MIRAMAR, FL – (June 8, 2017) The Telemundo Station Group today announced that it will be dispatching a team of six journalists to Russia to deliver special coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017™ which begins on Saturday, June 17 and concludes Sunday, July 2. The journalist team will include sports anchors Veronica Contreras from Telemundo 47 New York / WNJU and Jaime Becerril from Telemundo62 Philadelphia / WWSI. Both will deliver original content for local audiences across all platforms, including on-air, online and via the stations’ mobile apps.

Contreras has anchored sports for WNJU, Telemundo’s flagship East Coast television station since 2003, and Becerril is an experienced sportscaster who has covered various international sporting events since he joined WWSI in 2013. The two anchors will host “Minutos Rusia,” a feature story segment that will air during the stations’ local newscasts and give local audiences a behind-the-scenes look at the tournament as well as cultural context about the tournament’s host country, Russia.

“We are thrilled to bring the excitement of the games back to our local audiences with the reporting that our team of journalists will provide from Russia,” said Ozzie Martinez, Senior Vice President of News, Digital and Standards, Telemundo Station Group. “From our daily briefings, to the color around the games, to our unique digital content that will take over our big and small screens, we look forward to helping our audiences stay informed about every heart-pumping game that will captivate the world for 16 days.”

As the official Spanish-language home of the FIFA World Cup™ in the U.S. through 2026, all matches will air live on Telemundo, including local Telemundo stations and on Universo network. Live coverage of the FIFA Confederations Cup Russia 2017™ begins on Saturday, June 17 at 9 AM ET (check local listings). Local audiences can access Telemundo Station Group’s special Confederations Cup content within the “Deportes” sections of the owned stations’ websites and mobile apps. The digital reports will highlight teams, players and match venues. Digital users will also be able to access interactive widgets that will allow audiences to follow every detail of the latest match statistics including faults, number of shots-to-goal, a real-time heat map of the players, side-by-side comparisons of each team’s moves, historical data of teams and players, and more. The stations’ dedicated apps and websites will also offer a livestream of each game, delivered by Telemundo Deportes.

About Telemundo Station Group
Telemundo Station Group, part of the NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations division of NBCUniversal, is comprised of 17 local television stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Producing and broadcasting more than 7,000 hours of unique and relevant local content each year, including award-winning news, public affairs, and entertainment programming, Telemundo Station Group serves Spanish-speaking viewers in the metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Miami-Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, San Antonio, San Francisco, Phoenix, Harlingen, Fresno, Denver, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Boston, Tucson and Puerto Rico. In addition, Telemundo Station Group operates TeleXitos, the new national multicast network that offers viewers popular action and adventure television series and feature films in Spanish. The group also provides support to 53 Telemundo affiliates across the country and manages dedicated local websites and applications, as well as a robust digital out-of-home operation.


Melissa Castro