MEXICO CITY — TV Azteca announced Wednesday that it is unexpectedly pulling its popular news program “Ciudad Desnuda” (Naked City) off the air as of Nov. 14.
“Desnuda” borrowed its format and style from U.S. crime shows such as “Cops,” and was one of TV Azteca’s top-rated shows.
Azteca said the decision was in response to the concerns of “some commentators, intellectuals, legislators and political figures regarding the handling of violence in the media.” Political leaders have recently harshly criticized broadcasters for graphic and sensationalistic crime coverage.
“Despite the success of the broadcast and its transcendent work in informing viewers of the reality that exists in our city via the telling of true stories, TV Azteca has decided to end the transmission,” said the country’s No. 2 broadcaster.
Pioneering crime coverage
Azteca praised its show for its pioneering crime coverage, such as a recent expose of auto and car-part theft that showed police indifference, if not collusion. After that report aired, two Azteca reporters were temporarily kidnapped and roughed up by men alleged to be police.
The broadcaster is scheduled to hold a press conference today to discuss its decision on “Desnuda.”