VOA to Provide Content to Colombia’s El Tiempo

Voice of America and El Tiempo, one of Latin America’s oldest and most respected news organizations, have reached an agreement that makes VOA news reports available to El Tiempo’s growing 24-hour cable TV service in Colombia.

The agreement gives El Tiempo full access to VOA news and feature reports, including regular updates on U.S. politics from the White House and the U.S. Congress as well as international and regional news. VOA journalists will also be available for live segments from Voice of America’s TV studios in Washington.

VOA Latin America Division Director Alberto F. Mascaró, who helped negotiate the agreement, says the deal “benefits both organizations and viewers in Colombia, who will now have access to balanced and comprehensive news reports from VOA’s staff of professional journalists in the United States.”

El Tiempo newspaper, which was first published in 1913, is Colombia’s largest circulation daily. The company’s webpage is one of the most popular in the country. Last year, El Tiempo launched a nationwide 24-hour cable TV news channel, which has quickly grown in popularity.

El Tiempo Managing Editor Jesús Estor calls the partnership “key to El Tiempo’s television channel. The quality of information and reporting is what the public is looking for. The Voice of America has the experience and credibility that add to any media organization in the world. For El Tiempo, with our one hundred years of existence, this alliance demonstrates the best media has to offer: the trust of our audience.”

VOA’s Spanish Service broadcasts to Latin America on television, radio, the Internet and mobile. A wide network of affiliate stations in the region also broadcasts VOA Spanish programs, including “El Mundo al Día” (The World Today) a daily 30-minute TV show featuring U.S. and international news, and “Foro Interamericano” (Inter-American Forum) a 60-minute weekly TV news magazine featuring debates on the leading news of interest to the region.

For more about VOA Spanish programs, visit www.voanoticias.com. For more about VOA in English, visit our main webpage www.voanews.com.

Media inquiries can be made to Kyle King in Washington at kking@voanews.com.

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