TV Azteca Shareholders Elect Gene F. Jankowski to Board of Directors

-Former President of CBS Broadcasting to Strengthen Azteca's Pioneering

Corporate Governance Initiative-



Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.

    MEXICO CITY, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V.
 (NYSE:   TZA) (BMV: TVAZTCA), the second largest producer of Spanish-language
 programming in the world, announced today that Gene F. Jankowski, a leading
 U.S. television broadcast executive, was elected to its Board of Directors at
 the Company's Annual General Meeting.  Mr. Jankowski, who is Managing Director
 of Veronis Suhler, the premier New York-based media merchant bank, will join
 the Company's Board at its upcoming May meeting.
     "I am extremely pleased that Gene Jankowski accepted my invitation to join
 TV Azteca's board," said Ricardo Salinas, Chairman and CEO.  "Gene brings a
 wealth of broadcast experience to TV Azteca and, in particular, deep knowledge
 of the U.S. market, which is critical to our future.  I look forward to
 working with him and learning from him," Mr. Salinas continued.
     Mr. Jankowski's 28-year career at CBS began in 1970 when he was appointed
 General Sales Manager of WCBS-TV, the CBS flagship station in New York.  He
 then became Vice President of Sales for the nationwide CBS Television station
 division and was later named Vice President and Controller for CBS Inc.  In
 1977, Mr. Jankowski became President and Chairman of the CBS Broadcasting
 Group, a position he held for 12 years.  Upon leaving CBS in 1989, Mr.
 Jankowski formed his own company and then joined Veronis Suhler in 1994, where
 his activities are focused on television and radio broadcasting, filmed
 entertainment, and subscription video.
     "TV Azteca is an exciting company, with a strong footprint in Mexico and,
 with the explosion of the Hispanic population, excellent prospects to grow in
 the United States," said Mr. Jankowski. "I look forward to making a
 contribution to that growth from the Board of Directors as well as to helping
 Ricardo to continue to strengthen corporate governance at the company," he
 concluded.
     TV Azteca launched a pioneering corporate governance initiative in
 November 1999.  At that time, shareholders approved a series of measures,
 including reduced board size with increased representation by independent
 directors; creation of board committees to review and approve related party
 transactions, investments, audit, and management compensation; and adoption of
 an extensive corporate governance charter.  The Company also appointed new
 independent directors.  TV Azteca has subsequently been recognized as a leader
 in transforming governance in Mexico.
 
     Company Profile
     TV Azteca is the second largest producer of Spanish programming in the
 world, and one of two broadcast television companies in Mexico, operating two
 national television networks, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 250
 owned-and-operated stations located throughout Mexico.  TV Azteca also
 operates a national broadcast television network in El Salvador.  TV Azteca
 affiliates include Unefon, one of Mexico's leading cellular companies;
 Todito.com, an Internet portal for North American Spanish speakers; and Azteca
 America, a new broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing US
 Hispanic market.
 
 

SOURCE TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.
    MEXICO CITY, April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- TV Azteca, S.A. de C.V.
 (NYSE:   TZA) (BMV: TVAZTCA), the second largest producer of Spanish-language
 programming in the world, announced today that Gene F. Jankowski, a leading
 U.S. television broadcast executive, was elected to its Board of Directors at
 the Company's Annual General Meeting.  Mr. Jankowski, who is Managing Director
 of Veronis Suhler, the premier New York-based media merchant bank, will join
 the Company's Board at its upcoming May meeting.
     "I am extremely pleased that Gene Jankowski accepted my invitation to join
 TV Azteca's board," said Ricardo Salinas, Chairman and CEO.  "Gene brings a
 wealth of broadcast experience to TV Azteca and, in particular, deep knowledge
 of the U.S. market, which is critical to our future.  I look forward to
 working with him and learning from him," Mr. Salinas continued.
     Mr. Jankowski's 28-year career at CBS began in 1970 when he was appointed
 General Sales Manager of WCBS-TV, the CBS flagship station in New York.  He
 then became Vice President of Sales for the nationwide CBS Television station
 division and was later named Vice President and Controller for CBS Inc.  In
 1977, Mr. Jankowski became President and Chairman of the CBS Broadcasting
 Group, a position he held for 12 years.  Upon leaving CBS in 1989, Mr.
 Jankowski formed his own company and then joined Veronis Suhler in 1994, where
 his activities are focused on television and radio broadcasting, filmed
 entertainment, and subscription video.
     "TV Azteca is an exciting company, with a strong footprint in Mexico and,
 with the explosion of the Hispanic population, excellent prospects to grow in
 the United States," said Mr. Jankowski. "I look forward to making a
 contribution to that growth from the Board of Directors as well as to helping
 Ricardo to continue to strengthen corporate governance at the company," he
 concluded.
     TV Azteca launched a pioneering corporate governance initiative in
 November 1999.  At that time, shareholders approved a series of measures,
 including reduced board size with increased representation by independent
 directors; creation of board committees to review and approve related party
 transactions, investments, audit, and management compensation; and adoption of
 an extensive corporate governance charter.  The Company also appointed new
 independent directors.  TV Azteca has subsequently been recognized as a leader
 in transforming governance in Mexico.
 
     Company Profile
     TV Azteca is the second largest producer of Spanish programming in the
 world, and one of two broadcast television companies in Mexico, operating two
 national television networks, Azteca 13 and Azteca 7, through more than 250
 owned-and-operated stations located throughout Mexico.  TV Azteca also
 operates a national broadcast television network in El Salvador.  TV Azteca
 affiliates include Unefon, one of Mexico's leading cellular companies;
 Todito.com, an Internet portal for North American Spanish speakers; and Azteca
 America, a new broadcast television network focused on the rapidly growing US
 Hispanic market.
 
 SOURCE  TV Azteca S.A. de C.V.