Telemundo 31 / WTMO launches a consumer unit that is exclusively dedicated to helping local viewers get answers to consumer problems
Audiences can call 407-313-0031 or visit Telemundo31.com/responde to message the consumer team with tips
ORLANDO, FL – (April 10, 2019) – Consumers in Central Florida who think they may have been wronged can call on Telemundo 31’s new consumer investigative unit “Telemundo 31 Responde” to get answers. Led by journalist Valezka Gil, WTMO’s “Telemundo 31 Responde” consumer unit will air its first report on April 11 during the station’s 6 PM weekday edition of “Telenoticias 31.” New consumer stories or reports will air every Thursday during Telemundo 31’s local newscasts. Audiences can also visit Telemundo31.com to watch “Telemundo 31 Responde” stories, and access them directly from the station’s mobile app “Telemundo 31.”
Telemundo 31 joins NBC and Telemundo owned stations in 18 markets that feature their own local “NBC Responds / Telemundo Responde” units. Collectively, the units have answered more than 350,000 consumer tips and recovered nearly $30 million for consumers.
"Our ‘NBC Responds / Telemundo Responde’ consumer units have helped people all across the country recover funds they were owed from issues involving unpaid wages, contractor scams, and faulty products. We are excited to bring this powerful resource to our communities to help put an end to the consumer problems our viewers may be facing on their own,” said Roberto Vizcon, Vice President of News for Telemundo 31, “With Valezka at helm of our ‘Telemundo 31 Responde’ team, consumers in Central Florida can now count on someone answering their email and calls, not avoiding them.”
A Suncoast Regional Emmy® and Society of Professional Journalists award winner, Gil has worked at Telemundo 31 for the past six years as producer and reporter. A native of Venezuela and longtime Orlando resident, Gil is a trusted storyteller at Telemundo 31 where she has covered the market’s most important news stories including the Pulse shooting, the George Zimmerman trial and Hurricane Michael.
“Home to one of the fastest growing metro areas in the country, Orlando and Central Florida consumers can turn to Telemundo 31 if they feel they have a consumer issue that has remained unsolved for far too long,” added Gil. “Our ‘Telemundo 31 Responde’ unit will leave no stone unturned to get our viewers the answers they need and deserve. I’m proud to lead a unit that is charged with standing up for the communities we serve.”
Launched in 2014, the NBC and Telemundo owned stations that feature a local “NBC Responds / Telemundo Responde” units include: New York (WNBC/WNJU), Los Angeles (KNBC/KVEA), Chicago (WMAQ/WSNS), Philadelphia (WCAU/WWSI), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXAS/KXTX), Washington, D.C. (WRC-TV), San Francisco Bay Area (KNTV/KSTS), Boston (NBC10/WNEU), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WTVJ/WSCV), San Diego (KNSD), Hartford (WVIT), Houston (KTMD), San Antonio (KVDA), Puerto Rico (WKAQ-TV), Phoenix (KTAZ), McAllen-Harlingen (KTLM), Las Vegas (KBLR), Denver (KDEN), and Orlando (WTMO).
About Telemundo 31
Telemundo 31 / WTMO is Telemundo’s local television station serving Spanish-language viewers in the Central Florida. Owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo 31 delivers its audiences more than 10 hours of live, locally produced news each week across all platforms. WTMO’s newscasts feature local breaking news, real-time weather forecasts, and consumer reports and sports information. Telemundo 31 also airs world-class programming produced by Telemundo Network. Telemundo 31’s local news and information can be accessed by audiences across all of its platforms, including online at Telemundo31.com, through its social media channels, and on local over-the-air channels 31.1 and 31.2, Spectrum channels 62, 1011 and 1918, Century Link channels 31, 1031 and 3007. Advanced Satellite and Cable channel 66, Stellar Communications channel 91, MDU Communications channel 33, and Summit Broadband channel 15.
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