Beginning Nov. 1, Telecinco Inc.’s WORA station will begin operating as ABC5 Puerto Rico, offering the ABC Television Network’s full programming lineup throughout the island.
The announcement comes about a month after the ABC Television Network announced it reached an agreement with Telecinco to be the new ABC affiliate in Puerto Rico, offering viewers the chance to tune-in to all of the ABC shows, sports, and news in full high definition.
As part of the new affiliation, WORA will broadcast popular shows including “Modern Family,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Revenge,” “Scandal,” and “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as new programming, including “How to get Away with Murder,” “Black-ish,” and “Selfie.”
“We’re thrilled to offer our Puerto Rican viewers a new television alternative, with a range of entertainment and variety,” said Víctor Montilla, executive vice president of Telecinco Inc.
“We will offer a high-quality programming that is both relevant and entertaining, and that incorporates local talent. We want to be the supplier of this rich content, and in turn, respond to the needs of both the public and advertisers,” he said.
WORA TV, Channel 5, founded in 1955, has produced and broadcast news and local interest shows for almost 60 years, in addition to broadcasting various Spanish-language networks throughout its history.
“Our goal is to position ABC5 as a leader in this market. ABC has a loyal following in Puerto Rico, which will grow with a total market distribution, containing first-tier high-definition (HD) content, and an active presence in the community,” Montilla added.
The station will also present two new local productions: a talk show, led by a yet-to-be announced local talent, and a local newscast beginning in early 2015.