Richard Prince’s Journal-isms is reporting that Spanish network giants Telemundo and Univision failed to air key parts of the Democratic National Convention speeches, instead choosing to broadcast telenovelas (Spanish soap operas). A reader of Journal-isms wrote:
“Would love to see you write and ask why the largest Spanish-language networks in the country, time after time, continue to take Spanish-speaking viewers for granted. Tonight the first undocumented immigrant to speak in a political convention took the stage… Last night the first Latino to address a DNC…. but you wouldn’t know if you are watching Univision or Telemundo playing novelas instead… Yet complaining anchors like Jorge Ramos are asking for a Presidential debate and Latino journalist inclusion?”
Apparently both networks failed to air San Antonio mayor Julián Castro’s DNC speech when it was given live. Castro is considered a rising star in the Democratic Party and a potential future U.S. presidential candidate. Representatives from both networks said that they aired the speeches, but apparently not at the same time as they were given or on their main channels. For example, Telemundo broadcasted a recap and highlights of the speeches at 11:30 p.m. ET and ran the speeches on their young Latinos cable network. Interestingly enough, CNN en Español broadcasted the RNC and DNC speeches with simultaneous translations.