March 03, 2001

Telemundo Network's newest affiliate, KTAS-TV, Channel 33 in Santa Barbara, will begin broadcasting April 1, 2001, announced Ann Gaulke, Vice President of Affiliate Relations for Telemundo.

Telemundo previously served the area through Cox Communications in Santa Barbara, and low-power stations in Santa Maria and San Luis Obispo. The Spanish language network features a wide range of programming, including popular novelas, talk shows, original sitcoms, sports and news, children's programming, blockbuster movies, reality, entertainment and music programs.

"KTAS-TV is a strategic and significant addition to the growing Telemundo affiliate base," said Gaulke. "We are delighted that the management of the station has recognized the broad appeal of our programming and the value we bring to its viewers, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with the station."

Currently, Hispanics comprise 13% of the total population of the U.S., and are expected to become the largest U.S. minority group by the year 2010. Santa Barbara is the 36th largest U.S. Hispanic market with 27% of the population of Hispanic origin. The Santa Barbara Hispanic population has grown 64% since 1990, while the non-Hispanic population remains unchanged, and is expected to comprise a third of the total population by 2005.

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