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Sep 2, 2002  •  Post A Comment

NBC will name Escobar to head Telemundo stations
New York-Ramon Escobar is expected to be named senior VP for NBC’s Telemundo station group this week. Mr. Escobar will be responsible for all local news operations, news promotion and local programming in the newly created position, which reflects the growth of local news in the group. He is expected to be based in Miami, where he was news director at NBC-owned WTVJ, and New York, where he moved in January 2000 to become executive producer of MSNBC.
MTV music awards score best cable rating of year
New York-The 19th edition of “The 2002 MTV Video Music Awards,” telecast live Thursday from New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, was the most watched in the show’s history, averaging more than 11.9 million viewers, with an 8.3 household rating and an 11.1 rating in the persons 12 to 34 demo, up 5 percent from last year.
The “VMA” show outdelivered all broadcast networks in prime time, and it becomes the highest-rated and most-watched basic-cable program for the year to date among households and 12- to 34-year-olds.
Cable adds 2 million broadband users in Q2
New York-The cable industry’s rollout of digital broadband services added nearly 2 million units during the second quarter of 2002, according to a survey of members of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association.
Digital cable customers totaled 16.8 million at the end of the quarter, broadband Internet access customers totaled 9.2 million, and customers for cable’s local telephone service increased to 2.1 million.