Valley getting new television station with news in English

The Central Valley is getting a new television station, and it will be offering a five-minute news summary in English each weekday night at 10 p.m., the news director said Wednesday.

The station is Channel 9, which will go live Monday at 7 p.m., according to the station announcement. At first, the signal only will be available through the air because the transmissions are not yet on cable.

The station is a private venture by Asmedia, identified as a Mexican media firm. The location is in Santa Ana.
Abby Daniell, who just left The Tico Times, a weekly newspaper in English, where she was associate publisher, will present the news in English, according to the station announcement. Ms. Daniell has been living in Costa Rica since 1994 and is a veteran newswoman, the station said.

This will be the only television news in English.

The announcement was in the name of Freddy Serrano
Vargas, the news director. He has had a 14-year career in broadcasting, including a year-long stint in Colombia. He said the English-language show would “include the news you need, such as scheduled power outages, road closures, rate increases as well as breaking news important to those living and working in Costa Rica.”

Ms. Daniell in her most recent employment at The Tico Times spent 10 years there as general manager and later as associate publisher.

The new station enters a highly competitive market. Channel 7, Teletica, appears to be the dominant television station with Repretel’s channels 4, 6 and 11 close behind.

El Diario Extra operates Channel 42. All of these stations are on the various cable systems, as is a station operated by the Universidad de Costa Rica on Channel 15. The Internet lists 20 separate Costa Rican channels, although some, like TV Sur, Channel 14, and TV 36 in Guanacaste, are regional. There also are religious stations. Television via the Internet still is in its infancy.

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