the Miami-based independent channel part of Caracol Television Group, the international television network — unveils a new programming schedule on Oct. 1 with locally produced newscasts, entertainment shows, telenovelas and other programs developed for South Florida’s diverse Latin American viewer.

Controversial and highly-regarded Emmy-award winning television newscaster, Maria Elvira Salazar will lead the lineup with Maria Elvira to air Monday – Friday, 8 to 9 p.m. ET. The Harvard-educated journalist will host the informative one-hour program and cover the latest headlines impacting politics and society on a local and global scale. Her incisive interviews will give current topics a unique perspective.

Veteran journalist and four-time Emmy-Award winner Ricardo Brown, alongside two-time Emmy nominated anchorwoman Andrea Linares, will report on the latest news and information with the utmost professionalism and experience, with two newscasts weekday evenings from 6 – 6:30 p.m. and a second one-hour newscast at 9 p.m.

In addition to a new brand image and tagline, La Diferencia Se Ve (See the Difference), GENTV will include locally produced shows featuring new television personalities, such as Alain Pupo, who uses his extraordinary talent to counsel celebrities and viewers alike. Alain, Una Mano Amiga (A friendly hand) will air Monday- Friday 7 to 8 p.m.

“Our new programming lineup of news, entertainment, blockbuster films and highly rated telenovelas from Latin America will attract younger viewers who seek relevant local shows with a strong Latin American connection,” said Roy Meyeringh, General Manager of WGEN-TV. “Our research shows a significant gap in relevant programming for this diverse Latin American viewer.”

GENTV also will premiere Mis Doctores, a daily show that covers a variety of health topics in a professional and friendly manner. Dr. Luis Moch, a surgeon, will be joined by three other medical professionals who will touch on different aspects of physical and mental health, daily well-being and sexuality.

GENTV will broadcast family-oriented programming, includes one of the most popular and successful children’s programs in Latin America – the Caracol produced Club 10. On Saturday and Sunday from 6:00 – 6:30 p.m., Channel 8 will air for the first time in the United States Popcorn TV, a family friendly video compilation show comprised of the best gags and clips seen on television. Weekends at 8:00 p.m. GENTV also will air CineMAS, an entertainment block of both Hollywood movies and Latin American films.

Another GENTV exclusive program is Show Business Extra where Gaby Acuna and Omar Nassar present the latest in news and gossip from the entertainment world, Red Insolita, that showcases the most extreme web videos covering a variety of topics and themes co-hosted by Jacqueline Arroyo and Rene Navarro, and La Dolce Vita, hosted by the charismatic Alexandra Rossi, who invites viewers to take a journey and explore the very best in travel and culture from around the world.

Three Brazilian telenovelas with all the drama, love and beauty that is expected in these highly acclaimed productions will premiere during weekdays Monday – Friday. Prueba de Amor will air from 3 to 4 p.m.; Salvaje from 5 to – 6 p.m. and the sizzling Pasiones Prohibidas from 10 to 11 p.m.

“The emphasis is on shows and stories that have real significance to Hispanics in South Florida,” Meyeringh said. “Regardless of Latin-American country of origin – GENTV programming recognizes the audience’s unique sensibilities and diverse points of view.”

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