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VOA Launches Venezuela-Focused TV News Program

VOA's Nathaly Salas Guaithero and Carolina Valladares on the set at Studio 47.
VOA's Nathaly Salas Guaithero and Carolina Valladares on the set at Studio 47.

Today Voice of America’s Spanish language service launched Venezuela 360, a 30-minute weekly multimedia current affairs program, featuring high profile interviews and in-depth news analysis. The show delves into topics including the U.S. policy towards the region, the deepening humanitarian and social crises, as well as economic challenges, the exodus Venezuelan refugees to other countries in the region and options for country’s future.

Venezuela 360 -- tailored to multimedia platforms -- includes an interactive segment designed to engage audiences in Venezuela and seek their input on future show topics and ideas.

From the newly renovated Studio 47 at VOA headquarters in Washington, D.C., veteran VOA Spanish journalists Nathaly Salas Guaithero and Carolina Valladares host the program that features VOA colleagues based across the United States and Latin America.

“Congratulations to VOA’s Spanish service on this new endeavor to provide vital news and information to our audiences in Venezuela and neighboring countries,” said VOA Director, Amanda Bennett. “VOA Spanish is known throughout Latin America for its proactive approach to the audience’s needs and this program promises to do the same.”

The first episode included interviews with U.S. Special Envoy for Venezuela, Elliott Abrams, U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), as well as segments on the oil industry, the topic of humanitarian aid to Venezuela and refugee issues.

The program is available on through satellite transmissions and VOA Spanish media partners in Venezuela.