Mexico and Media
Mexico’s media was traditionally dominated by its Televisa group with firm links to its long-governing Institutional Revolutionary Party – PRI. Yet the loosening of PRI’s hold has led to greater editorial independence through the emergence of competitors. This Televisa once had virtual monopolies in Mexican TV and is still a major supplier of programs in Spanish. New players – like the Azteca group and its foreign satellite or cable operators – have recently mounted assaults on Televisa’s dominance. This radio market is quite large, with approximately 1,400 local and regional spots and numerous major station-owning groups. A few high-powered stations on the northern border have beamed into lucrative U.S. markets.
Mexican newspapers reflect varied political views as sensationalism characterizes the best-selling dailies. Reporters Without Borders – or RSF – describes Mexico as the hemisphere’s most dangerous country for the media. Since 2000, multitudes of journalists have been murdered there. Drug cartels and corrupt officials are traced in most crimes of violence against these journalists, which nearly always go unpunished, according to watchdogs.
Mexico’s one of Latin America’s greatest internet markets. 51 million internet users existed in mid-2015 – a 41-percent penetration rate since. Facebook’s the most popular social network there.
The Big Presses
- Excelsior – established daily
- La Jornada – daily
- Reforma – influential daily
- El Universal – established daily
- El Sol de Mexico – daily
- El Financiero – business daily
- Siempre! – political weekly
- Proceso – weekly
Televisa, Mexico’s TV giant, runs four networks and owns many other local affiliates.
TV Azteca, Televisa’s main competitor, operates two networks and other local stations.
Once TV is a public, educational, and cultural competitor. Television Metropolitana is a government-owned competitor.
Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega
Alfonso de Angoitia Noriega, a Mexican executive leader, is well known in his country. He has innovated. He has created. He has renovated.
He has even re-created. Noriega is a very intelligent man. In fact, he must be. Not anyone can serve as Executive VP of Grupo Televisa.