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Poynter’s PolitiFact, a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact checking media organization, today announced its partnership with NBCUniversal’s TV stations in Florida – NBC 6 / WTVJ, Telemundo 51 / WSCV, Telemundo 31 Orlando / WTMO, Telemundo 49 Tampa / WRMD and Telemundo Fort Myers Naples / WWDT – to bring its fact-checks to the stations’ newscasts, digital, mobile and streaming platforms.
This is the third time that PolitiFact partners with NBC 6, following the 2018 and 2020 elections, and the first time that PolitiFact works with the Telemundo owned stations. PolitiFact launched a Spanish-language companion, PolitiFact en Español, in March 2023.
"NBC 6 has consistently shown its commitment to giving its South Florida viewers access to high-quality, accurate information. We’re delighted to extend this partnership to cover Florida candidates running for high-profile offices in 2024," said PolitiFact Executive Director Aaron Sharockman.
"Partnering with Telemundo stations is a no brainer. We are pleased to bring our fact-checking to Telemundo’s local Spanish-language audiences for the first time. We look forward to working with the stations to address the misinformation challenges we see every day for Spanish-speakers and to get to know Telemundo’s Florida viewers."
"With this partnership, we are pleased to double-down on our commitment to delivering google-proof journalism in two languages. We are pleased to team up with PolitiFact and its experienced team of editors and reporters to make fact-checking available across all of our stations, in every platform, and in two languages. As Floridians prepare to exercise their civic right, our newsrooms will be hyper-focused on ensuring our audiences have the information they need to elect their political leaders," said Jorge Carballo, President/GM of NBC 6 and Telemundo 51, and Migdalia Figueroa, Regional President/GM of Telemundo 31, Telemundo 49 and Telemundo Fort Myers.
At the close of April 2023, NBC and Telemundo owned stations in Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers reached a combined total of more than 2.3 million viewers across their linear programs, including more than 1.6 million Hispanic viewers. Approximately 5.4 million Hispanics reside in the Miami, Orlando, Tampa and Fort Myers DMAs, which represents nearly 85% of Hispanics in the state of Florida.
PolitiFact started in 2007 as an election-year project of the Tampa Bay Times (then named the St. Petersburg Times). Since 2018 it has been part of the Poynter Institute, a nonprofit that teaches journalists and journalism around the globe. PolitiFact fact-checks the accuracy of political speech through its innovative Truth-O-Meter, which rates statements on a scale of True to Pants on Fire false. PolitiFact won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for its coverage of the 2008 election.
NBC 6 / WTVJ is the NBC-owned station serving Miami-Dade, Broward, and Monroe counties. NBC 6 was Florida’s first television station and has been covering news in South Florida for more than 70 years. WTVJ was founded on three basic principles: commitment to the community, excellence in journalism, and pioneering and innovation. Today, NBC 6 produces more than 40 hours of local news and programming per week, delivers dynamic multiplatform content on NBC6.com and COZI TV, and continues its commitment to the community by cultivating local partnerships and capturing the diversity of South Florida.
About Telemundo 51
Telemundo 51 / WSCV is Telemundo’s local television station serving the Spanish-speaking viewers in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale area, the third largest Hispanic market in the country. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 51 has been delivering local news, information and entertainment to viewers throughout South Florida for more than 30 years. Telemundo 51 is the preferred station for local news in a diverse market that is made up of more than two million Spanish-speaking people whose backgrounds represent more than 20 nationalities. Telemundo 51 is committed to covering issues important to the community as well as partnering with and supporting local organizations that are making a difference in the areas of education, health, civic engagement and the environment. Telemundo 51 also delivers local news and information across all platforms, including online at Telemundo51.com, the Telemundo 51 mobile app and on social media.
About Telemundo 31 Orlando
Telemundo 31 / WTMO is Telemundo’s local television station serving Spanish-language viewers in the Central Florida. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 31, delivers its audiences more than 10 hours of live, locally produced news each week across all platforms. WTMO’s newscasts feature local breaking news, real-time weather forecasts, and consumer reports and sports information. Telemundo 31 also airs world-class programming produced by Telemundo Network. Telemundo 31’s local news and information can be accessed by audiences across all of its platforms, including online at Telemundo31.com , through its social media channels, mobile app "Telemundo 31", and on local over-the-air channels 31.1 and 31.2, Spectrum channels 62, 1011 and 1918, Century Link channels 31, 1031 and 3007. Advanced Satellite and Cable channel 66, Stellar Communications channel 91, MDU Communications channel 33, and Summit Broadband channel 15.
About Telemundo 49 Tampa
Telemundo 49 / WRMD is Telemundo’s local television station serving Spanish-language viewers in the Tampa Bay area. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 49 delivers its audiences more than 10 hours of live, locally produced news each week across all platforms. WRMD’s newscasts feature local breaking news, real-time weather forecasts, consumer reports, and sports information. Telemundo 49 also airs world-class programming produced by Telemundo Network. Telemundo 49’s local news and information can be accessed by audiences across all of its platforms, including online at telemundo49.com, through its social media channels, via the "Telemundo 49" mobile app and on local over-the-air on channel 49, Frontier channel 18, Xfinity channel 21 and Spectrum channel 19.
About Telemundo Fort Myers Naples
Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples / WWDT is Telemundo’s local owned television station serving Spanish-speaking viewers in Collier, Lee, Charlotee, Desoto and Glades counties. Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples delivers its audiences with three hours of news produced locally each week across all platforms. The Noticiero Telemundo 51 has breaking news, weather forecasts, reports for the consumer, and sports information. Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples also broadcasts Acceso Total a local program of fashion, beauty, local events and more. The information and the news of Telemundo Fort Myers-Naples can be accessed by audiences through the station’s social media channels and on local over-the-air channels 43 and 43.1 (HD), Comcast channel 15 and 438 (HD), CenturyLink channel 43 and 1043 (HD), Marco Island Cable channel 48, and NuVu channel 15 and 877.
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