MIAMI--()--Telemundo Media will present the first exclusive interview granted by President Barack Obama to a Spanish-language network after formally accepting his nomination at the Democratic National Convention. Fifty four days before Election Day, President Obama will discuss with Telemundo News Anchor José Diaz-Balart the recent death of the U.S. Ambassador to Libya as well as other topics of interest to the Hispanic community including the economy, jobs, healthcare, education and immigration policy. This exclusive interview, conducted in Las Vegas, Nevada, also will incorporate questions asked by Telemundo viewers via social media. Excerpts of the interview will air on Thursday, September 13 on “Un Nuevo Día” (7:00 am ET/PT, 6 a.m. CT) and “Noticiero Telemundo” (6:30 pm ET/PT, 5:30 pm CT) and an extended version will appear on the network’s Sunday public affairs show “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart” this Sunday, September 16 (12 p.m. ET/PT, 11 a.m. CT). President Obama responses will be translated to Spanish for broadcast and also be closed captioned in both, English and Spanish.
“As part of our comprehensive political news coverage, we are committed to empowering our audience with information about the issues that really matter to them.”
“With Election Day approaching, Hispanics are eager to hear directly from the candidates and President Obama has chosen to address them for the first time after the Democratic National Convention on Telemundo,” said Sylvia Rosabal, Senior Vice President of News for Telemundo. “As part of our comprehensive political news coverage, we are committed to empowering our audience with information about the issues that really matter to them.”
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 21.7 million Hispanics are eligible to vote this year. Given the high percentage of Latino voters in key swing states, Hispanics may very well be the determining factor on who will be the next President of the U.S. Both, the Democratic and Republican parties, displayed an unprecedented number of Hispanic speakers during their recent National Conventions and are expected to campaign heavily in swing states where the Latino vote can make the difference.
President Obama´s exclusive Spanish-language interview is part of a series of informative specials and segments that make up “Decisión 2012” (“Decision 2012), a Telemundo News initiative that houses all reporting related to the 2012 elections. This initiative has included the complete coverage of the Presidential Primaries and the Democratic and Republican National Conventions; the release of the monthly national Latino Telemundo/NBC News/Wall Street Journal polls, as well as exclusive interviews with the candidates and key political figures. Recently, NBC News and Telemundo announced a partnership to deliver an unprecedented number of hours of political coverage in English and Spanish under the signature banner “Decision 2012.” Telemundo’s election coverage is complemented by the public service campaign “Vota por tu futuro” (“Vote for your future”) created to raise awareness among the Hispanic population about the importance of exercising the right to vote.
About Telemundo Media:
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. Telemundo’s multiple platforms include the Telemundo Network, a Spanish-language television network featuring original productions, theatrical motion pictures, news and first-class sports events, reaching U.S. Hispanic viewers in 210 markets through its 14 owned stations and its broadcast and cable affiliates; mun2, the preeminent voice for bicultural Hispanics in the U.S. reaching TV households nationwide on digital and analog cable, and satellite; Telemundo Digital Media, which distributes Telemundo’s original content across digital and emerging platforms including mobile devices, www.telemundo.com and www.mun2.tv; an owned and operated full power station in Puerto Rico that reaches 99% of all TV households in that DMA; and Telemundo Internacional, the international distribution arm which has positioned Telemundo as the second largest provider of Spanish-language content worldwide by syndicating content to more than 100 countries in over 35 languages.