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Laserna named Canal Caracol prez

Journo a recent host of local 'Millionaire'

MIAMI — Colombian broadcaster Canal Caracol has upped journalist and TV personality Paulo Laserna to prexy of the network.

Laserna had been assistant to former net president Ricardo Alarcon since September 1999; he took over the top job Oct. 3.

No reason was given for Alarcon’s departure.

Beyond his radio and journalism work, Laserna is known to Colombian viewers as a recent host of a local production of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”

Caracol is one of Colombia’s two private broadcast networks. Prior to privatization in September 1998, it was a producer for government-owned stations.

Laserna served as VP of information at rival network RCN from December 1997 to December 1998 and had previously worked at other pro-duction companies.

Caracol has a multiyear co-production accord with U.S. Hispanic network Telemundo.

Caracol also is co-producing race-track-themed telenovela “Amor a Mil” with Disney’s Buena Vista Intl.

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