MetroChannels Show Goes to Syndication


Urban Latino
-- the weekly series on Latino culture, which has been
running since April on MetroChannels, Rainbow Media Group's trichannel venture
in the New York metro area -- will take flight in broadcast syndication Oct. 7
with at least 25 stations aboard for the ride.

Most of the station clearances -- put together under show co-producer Artist
and Idea Management -- will be in weekend time periods.

KABC-TV will carry the program in Los Angeles, while in Miami, Viacom Inc.'s
station duopoly -- CBS affiliate WFOR and United Paramount Network affiliate
WBFS -- will run Urban Latino each week.

Other markets cleared include Chicago; Dallas, El Paso and Houston, Texas;
Las Vegas; Philadelphia; and San Diego.

Clear Channel Communications Inc., Cox Broadcasting Inc., Emmis
Communications Inc. and Tribune Broadcasting are among the station groups

AIM, led by former Univision Communications Inc. sales executive Robert Rose,
said the syndication run will be available to more than 70 percent of U.S.
Latino households. A total of 26 new episodes are planned.

MetroChannels will continue to carry the series in New York on its MetroTV
service. Urban Latino launched on MetroTV April 7 for a 13-week