MEXICO CITY — Televisa has lost its three top news anchors in less than a week following internal differences.
Guillermo Ortega, who had been lead anchor for two years on Televisa’s nightly news — the country’s most popular news program — left on Friday after 24 years with the network. His departure reportedly followed a row over his broadcast concerning an opinion poll that put an opposition candidate in the lead in the upcoming July presidential race.
Two other anchors have now followed Ortega in leaving the network: roving anchor Abraham Zabludovsky and his father, Jacobo Zabludovsky, Televisa’s longtime lead news anchor who was semi-retired two years ago.
“Abraham felt he had a right to present the Noticiero (the nightly news program) and was not happy when he was not appointed,” a Televisa exec told Daily Variety.
Jacobo Zabludovsky resigned in sympathy with his son.
The departures leave Televisa without its best-known news anchors just three months before what will be the country’s most hotly contested presidential election.
Joaquin Lopez-Doriga has been plucked from Televisa’s ayem news show to replace take Ortega.
(Mary Sutter in Miami contributed to this report.)