NY1 Noticias in Havana


In news, timing is everything. NY1 Noticias and NY1 scored a minor coup with a weeklong series of reports and interviews from Cuba that ended last Friday. The reports started running the same day the Cuban government announced President Fidel Castro had temporarily ceded power to his brother Raul.

"Synchronicity," said NY1 Noticias executive editor Maritza Puello.

The cable news operation sent a team to the island to accompany a local business group seeking to expand trade ties. During the trip, they interviewed Ricardo Alarcon, president of the Cuban National Assembly. The team also interviewed longtime dissident Vladimiro Roca. "For us to be able to speak to the dissident it was very interesting and a nice contrast" said Puello.

This marks the second major newsgathering trip in recent months outside the New York metropolitan region for NY1 Noticias. The first trip was to Puerto Rico to cover the island's budget crisis.

"That was a no-brainer" said Puello. "So many Puerto Ricans live in the city, it made sense to cover that story from the island."