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Mega TV
logo for Mega TV
TypeTelevision network
CountryUnited States
Puerto Rico
Broadcast areaNational (selected markets)
HeadquartersMiami, Florida
Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Programming
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Ownership
OwnerSpanish Broadcasting System
(sale to Voz Media pending)
History
FoundedMarch 1, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-03-01)
LaunchedMarch 1, 2006
Links
Websitemega.tv

Mega TV is an American free-to-air television network based in San Juan, Puerto Rico, that was owned by Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS). It was launched in 2006.[1] The network's flagship is WSBS-TV, a television station licensed to Key West, Florida, with studios also in Miami.

In 2023, SBS said it would sell Mega TV to Voz Media, a conservative Spanish-language news media firm based in Texas, pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission.[2][3][4][5]

History

Mega TV was launched on March 1, 2006. Its original slate of programming includes productions aimed to young Hispanic viewers. Mega TV seems to be following the same pattern traced by larger rivals such as the Hispanic Telemundo, Univision and Azteca nearly 25 years ago — creating its own television personalities.[citation needed]

In early 2007, the station cut 55 employees to save production costs. A vast majority of locally produced programs such as Desvelados, Xpediente, El Noticero, El Vacilon, Entre Fichas, and Mega Especiales, Puerta Astral ("Star Port") and Agenda del Inmigrante were supposedly placed on hiatus. The channel is scheduled for a summer run with changes in hosts and renamed Codigo Astral ("Star Code").

SBS has entered into agreements with other television stations to air Mega TV programming, including: WBWP-LD in West Palm Beach, Florida; WHDO-CD in Orlando, Florida; WFHD-LD in Tampa, Florida (future; currently, it is TBN repeater W36CO); WHDC-LD in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina; KODF-LD in Dallas, Texas; WOCK-CD in Chicago, Illinois; KLPS-LP in Palm Springs, California; KMCC in Laughlin, Nevada; WMEI in Arecibo, Puerto Rico; and KSDI-LD in Fresno, California. WHDO, WFHD, WHDC, KLPS, and KSDI show (or plan to show) Mega TV on digital subchannels. As of May 27, 2013, WOCK-CD in Chicago no longer carries Mega TV.

In February 2023, SBS said it would sell Mega TV to Voz Media, a conservative Spanish-language news media firm based in the Dallas area, pending approval by the Federal Communications Commission.[2][3][4][5]

Programming

As of September 2021, Mega TV's original programming included:

Current affiliates

Former affiliates

References

  1. ^ Elshahawy, Eman (February 13, 2023). "Spanish Broadcasting System sells Mega TV to Voz Media for $64 million". South Florida Business Journal. Retrieved August 5, 2023.
  2. ^ a b Martin, Arcelia (February 13, 2023). "Conservative Dallas media firm strikes deal to become Spanish-speaking TV news competitor". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  3. ^ a b Viglucci, Andres (February 13, 2023). "Miami Spanish-language TV station to be sold for $64M — and there may be on-air changes". Miami Herald.
  4. ^ a b Jacobson, Adam (February 13, 2023). "A Texas Entrepreneur Agrees To Purchase SBS's MegaTV". Radio & Television Business Report. Retrieved July 29, 2023.
  5. ^ a b "SBS Hits A Snag In $64 Million Deal To Sell Mega TV". Insideradio.com. September 11, 2023. Retrieved September 15, 2023.