Spanish-Language Station Tops L.A. Emmy Noms For First Time

Univision’s KMEX leads all stations with 20 nominations, with NBC4 second, KTLA third, KABC7 fourth and Spanish language station KVEA fifth.

For the first time in the 66-year-history of the Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards, the station with the most nominations in the 138 different categories broadcasts in the Spanish language.

That station is KMEX, owned by Univision, which leads with 20 nominations.

NBC4, which has been the most-honored station over the past three years, is second with 16; KTLA is third with 14 and ABC7 is fourth with 13. KVEA (also Spanish language, owned by Telemundo) is fifth with 10 noninations.

The fact the most nominated station is not in English reflects "the diversity of the LA Area market," says  Liz Korda Smith, director, L.A. Area Emmy Awards.

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The other major network affiliates, KCBS2 combined with KCAL9 was ninth with 7 nominations and KTTV11 was 11th with 4. Public broadcaster KCET is sixth with 9.

In the sports channel race, a Spanish language broadcaster is also has the most nominations. It is the two year old Time Warner Deportes with 9. Prime Ticket has 8, Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket has 7 and Time Warner Cable SportsNet has 4.

The voting is done by six to ten national and local judges who are TV Academy members watching at home. When a Spanish language show is considered, only judges who speak that language participate in the judging, according to a spokesman for the TV Academy.

When other languages are submitted, as Korean has been for example, they  too are only judged by those who speak the language.

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At the event itself, which takes place July 26 this year, clips are shown in the original language without subtitles. The event is held in the Leonard H. Goldenson Theater on the TV Academy campus in North Hollywood.

The three most important categories traditionally are the regularly scheduled newscasts, which are broken down in three categories – morning (4 a.m., until 11 a.m.), daytime (11 a.m. until 7 p.m.)  and evening (7 p.m. until 11 p.m.).

Three years ago and four years ago, NBC4 swept all three. Last year NBC4 won daytime, KTLA won for morning and KMEX for evening newscast.

KNBC4 is nominated in all three daypart categories again this year as are KTLA and KTTV. KMEX is nominated for morning and daytime newscast but not evening, which it won last year.

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Last year NBC4 won the most area Emmys with 8, followed byABC7 with 7 and KTLA and TWC SportsNet with 5 each. Univision was honored last year with a special award for its educational initiatives.

For outstanding hard news reporting this year’s nominees are David Goldstein (reporter) and Catherine Gelera (producer) from CBS2/KCAL9; Joel Grover (reporter) and Chris Henao (producer) for KNBC4; and Antonio Valverde (reporter) from KMEX.

For investigative reporting – news, the nominees are teams from NBC4; KMEX; and Fox 11.

In the category of serious news story – single report, the stations with nominees are ABC7, NBC 4 and KVEA four different times.

For serious news story – multi-part report, the nominees are teams from ABC7; NBC4 (twice); and KMEX (twice).

For Entertainment Programming, the two nominees are Countdown To The Oscars from KTLA5 and Invisible Cities: An Opera For Headphones from KCET.

There are no shows nominated this year for outstanding sports reporting (none got the necessary 2/3rd approval from the judges), and only a single nomination for sports series (KVEA).

For a complete list of nominees, click here.

For a list of how many nominations each station received, click here.

Greg Tayloris vice chair, L.A. Area, on the Academy’s executive committee. The L.A. Area governors are Sabrina Fair Thomas and Gerri Shaftel Constant.