América Televisión website was born in February of 1998, a year after the elcomercio.pe website. It is currently one of online news, sports and entertainment media with the highest rating of audience in Peru by reaching an average of 7.9 million unique users per month during 2015, according to IABPerú.
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, the Instituto de Prensa y Sociedad (Institute of Press and Society) (IPYS) issued a statement warning of the attempt of the “El Comercio” group to support Keiko Fujimori's candidacy using pressure and dismissing independent journalists from Canal N and América Televisión.
Compañía Peruana de Radiodifusión S.A.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Compañía Peruana de Radiofusión was established as a radio station in 1942 and, under its management by the Peruvians, Antonio Umbert, Nicanor Gonzales and Avelino Aramburu, it became the first channel to launch the television era in Peru in 1958. Between 1971 and 1980 the channel was controlled by a leftist military dictatorship. In the 90s, the the founders’ successors sold Channel 4 to Televisa de México, to eventually pass it to the businessmen José Enrique and José Francisco Crousillat. Both left the channel indebted and were involved in a scandal for selling the editorial line of the aforesaid media organization to the former presidential advisor Vladimiro Montesinos. After the Crousillats fled, the channel was controlled by a board of creditors from 2003. Among the creditors, those that stood out were “El Comercio” and “La República,” as well as the Colombian brewery “Bavaria.” In 2007, El Comercio bought the part of Bavaria and became the majority shareholder of América Televisión.
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 newspapers 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)
(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.
Miroslav Lauer Holoubek (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”)
Dirección: Jr. Montero Rosas 1099, Cercado de Lima
Teléfonos: 51-4194000 ; Página web: www.americatv.com.pe
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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