The first Peruvian cable channel to broadcast news throughout the whole day. It was born under the direction of journalist Gilberto Hume and was instrumental in the collapse of Alberto Fujimori’s government in 2000. Canal N broadcast the first 'Vladivideo' as the videos were called of the former presidential adviser Vladimiro Montesinos, who was filmed handing money to businessmen and public officials in the National Intelligence Service. The media organization was created in 1999 as "El Comercio" group’s first experience on television, and years later it was sold to Plural TV (whose owners were "El Comercio" and "La República") in order to increase América TV’s advertising revenue. In 2011, together with the whole the "El Comercio" group, it was not spared public accusation that arose concerning the dismissal of journalists who did not support the candidacy of Keiko Fujimori.
Media Companies / Groups
Grupo El Comercio (hoy Vigenta Inversiones S.A.)
Group / Individual Owner
Compañía Peruana de Radiodifusión S.A. -which controls the channels América Tv and Canal N- is owned solely by the company Plural Tv, created by Tv Perú, which is part of “El Comercio” (70%) and the newspaper “La República” (30%). During the 2011 election
Bernardo Roca Rey Miró Quesada
Affiliated Interests Founder
Member of the Miró Quesada family and shareholder of the newspaper "El Comercio." He was one of the creators of "Canal N," the first television media organization exclusive to Peruvian news. He was Deputy Culture Minister during President Alan Garcia’s administration (2006-2011) and member of the high-level committee "Lugar de la Memoria (Place of Memory)" at that time. Currently chairman of the Peruvian Press and the Peruvian Association of Gastronomy, and is director of the digital media oraganization Espacio360.
Luis Miro Quesada Valega
Affiliated Interests Ceo
Peruvian businessman. He was chairman of the board of directors at “El Comercio” between 1999 and 2005. Since 2007 he has served as president of the Board of Directors at América Televisión, the most-watched channel in Peru. At the same time he was member of the board at Graña & Montero, his cousin José Graña Miró Quesada’s company, until 2014.
Clara Elvira Ospina Garzón
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
Colombian journalist. Editor-in-chief at América Televisión and Canal N. Former director at RCN Noticias in Colombia. She replaced the journalist Laura Puertas, who was fired from the channel for "humanizing" the then nationalist candidate Ollanta Humala during the 2011 election. During the Ospina administration, the program “Cuarto Poder (Fourth Power),” one of the channel's most-watched shows, revealed a testimony of a DEA informant who accused a congressman and financier of Keiko Fujimori of money laundering during the last election in a case in both Peru and the United States. No registered political affiliations. She appears 11th in the television sector of the annual power survey in Peru (2016), produced by Semana Económica (Economy Week) magazine.
Other Important People
Pablo Llona García Miró, Gustavo Mohme Llona, Eric Jurgensen Flores, César Pardo Figueroa Turner, José Antonio Miró Quesada Ferreyros, José Samanez Acebo, Miroslav Lauer Holoubek
Affiliated Interests other important people
(Vice President of the Board) Businessman, beekeeper.
(Director of La República) Businessman and owner of one of the most important newospapers in Peru. Although he is not a member of any political party, the media organization that he manages is considered center-left.
(General Manager at América Televisión) Business Manager of Bolivian nationality. He began working for this media organization in 2003, when it almost went bankrupt after entering bankruptcy proceedings and was involved in a political scandal thanks to its previous owners, Jose Francisco and Jose Enrique Crousillat, who fled after revealing that they had sold the editorial line of the channel to former presidential advisor Vladimiro Montesinos.
(Member of the Board) Industrial Engineer. He has held the position for 20 years and is also a director of the other subsidiaries in the “El Comercio” group
(Member of the Board) Member of the family who owns "El Comercio," shareholder and brother-in-law of the late Eduardo Calmell del Solar, who fled Peru after selling the editorial line of the newspaper that he controlled to the Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Service) (SIN) which was run by Vladimiro Montesinos. In 2010, the seminar "Hildebrandt en sus trece" revealed a recording of a long conversation between Miró Quesada Ferreyros and the lawyer Alberto Quimper, who were involved in a corruption case called "Petroaudios" during Alan García’s administration. In the recording the latter suggests the director of the aforesaid media organization to do "collateral business with the channel...because it pays a lot of money. " A year later, in 2011, the digital media organization "IDL-Reporteros" revealed Quimper’s declaration in Congress, who was then in prison, about the range of his contact with Miró Quesada Ferreyros. The latter then told the lawyer that the "Petroaudios" investigation would not be broadcast by América Televisión.
(Member of the Consejo Consultivo Editorial (Editorial Advisory Council) and columnist of the newspaper “La República”) Peruvian writer, poet and essayist. He is one of the eight people who reported “El Comercio” for violating freedom of expression laws following the commercial operation that ended with the purchase of a large number of shares of Epensa (now Prensmart) in 2013. He was a political opponent of Alberto Fujimori’s government in “La República” and was a victim in the process due to his communications being intercepted by the deactivated “Servicio de Inteligencia Nacional (National Intelligence Service)” (SIN). This year he was included in the top ten in the newspaper sector in the annual power survey in Peru, produced by Semana Económica (Economy Week) magazine.
(Member of the board and general manager of the newspaper “La República”) Peruvian engineer. No registered political affiliation.
Dirección: Jr Mariano Carranza 389, Cercado de Lima. Teléfonos: 51-4110808 ; Página web: Canal.pe
Revenue (in Mill. $)
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
Difficulty in finding the advertising funding that the Compañía Peruana de Radiodifusión received from the private sector.
Sources Media Profile
Página web corporativa del Grupo El Comercio
Estados financieros del Grupo El Comercio entregados a la Superintendencia de Mercado de Valores el 2016
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Vivas, Fernando. En vivo y en director. Una historia de la televisión peruana, 2008.