KWHY TV Canal 22 MundoFOX Los Angeles Delivers Compelling First-Ever Local Town-Hall Debate on US-Mexico Children Immigration Crisis

Canal 22 Los Angeles breaks away from "safe to report" journalism to deliver an emotional and controversial citizen discussion on current US-Mexico border conflict.

Aug 08, 2014, 06:00 ET from Meruelo Media

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to voice, inform, and educate Angelenos on the ever-growing issue of immigration, Noticias 22 MundoFOX, la voz de tu ciudad, the Los Angeles flagship affiliate of MundoFOX, successfully premiered "Fronteras Encontradas" (Crossed Borders), a special town hall news debate and discussion featuring local political figures, activists and artists. The August 4 premiere featured a two-part series of the debate covering the controversy behind immigration in a time where thousands of children are fleeing their countries in the hopes to escape violence, poverty and despair for refuge.

The average audience for the special was 187% greater than the station's time period average in the July 2014 sweeps rating period. (Source: Nielsen NSI, Average Audience, Persons 2+).

The "Fronteras Encontradas" town hall was the only primetime program to present both sides of the immigration debate from all sectors and perspectives in the City of Angels. A partial list of guest panelists from business, political and entertainment communities included:

  • Moctesuma Esparza, Producer and community activist
  • Angelica Salas, Director, CHIRLA 
  • Councilman Jose Huizar, District 14 
  • Enrique Arevalo, Immigration Lawyer 
  • Herbert Baker, Concerned Citizens of L.A.
  • Luis Alvarado, Republican National Hispanic Assembly
  • Maria Luisa Arredondo, Huffington Post Columnist
  • Nestor Valencia, Honorable Mayor, City of Bell    
  • Nina Jersey Vargas, Immigration Reform Activist 

"While there are divergent opinions on the immigration issue, we brought the community together for a compelling and honest discussion that informs and educates them on issues and topics of interest that impact all of us," said Otto Padron, COO & President Meruelo Media.

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Meruelo Media, the media division of Meruelo Group, currently operates Los Angeles radio station KDAY, 93.5 FM and three television stations in Los Angeles, Houston and Santa Barbara; as well as a superstation on its digital KWHY-TV 22.2 stream with carriage on Time Warner Cable. KWHY-Channel 22 Los Angeles is the flagship and local affiliate station of the MundoFOX television network. Meruelo Group is a privately-held management company serving a diversified portfolio of affiliated entities with interests in banking and financial services, food services (manufacturing, distribution, and restaurant operations), construction and engineering, hospitality and gaming, real estate management and development, media (television and radio), and public and private equity investing.

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