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Telefe Mar del Plata

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LRI 486 TV Canal 8
Telefe Mar del Plata (2018).png
Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina
ChannelsAnalog: 8 (VHF)
Digital: 20 (assigned)
BrandingTelefe Mar del Plata
OwnerParamount Networks Americas
(Televisión Federal S.A.)
First air date
18 December 1960 (1960-12-18)
Former call signs
LU 86 TV (1960–c. 1983)
Technical information
Licensing authority
Repeater(s)See list

Telefe Mar del Plata (call sign LRI 486 TV) is a television station on channel 8 in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. It is an owned-and-operated station of the Telefe network.


Original license: Award and early years

On April 28, 1958, through Decree Law 6287, the National Executive Power (at that time in charge of the military man Pedro Aramburu, within the so-called Liberating Revolution) awarded Messrs. Juan Llamazares, Alfredo López and Ildefonso Recade a license to exploit the frequency of Channel 8 of the city of Mar del Plata, Province of Buenos Aires.

On September 22, 1958, the licensees, along with 7 other people, formed the society Difusora Marplatense to exploit the television license.

Finally, on December 18, 1960,came and once more signed on LU 86 TV Channel 8 of Mar del Plata.

Channel 8 was nationalized on 8 October 1973, together with Buenos Aires channels 9, 11 and 13 and Mendoza's channel 7, when—days before Juan Perón returned to the presidency—the federal government under interim president Raúl Alberto Lastiri declared that their licenses would be deemed expired.[1][2][3] State management took over at all five stations on 1 August 1974, after the prior owners sold the stations' related assets to the government.[4]


On 10 May 1983, the Federal Broadcasting Committee (COMFER), the then-regulator of radio and television in Argentina, issued a call for bids for the channel 8 license.[5] Three companies presented bids: Difusora Video Sur, Emisora Arenales de Radiodifusión, and Radiodifusora Mar del Sur.[6] On 28 October, the government selected the bid of Emisora Arenales de Radiodifusión for the channel;[6] the winner took control two weeks later. By 1985, the call sign had been changed to the present LRI 486.[7]

In 1989, Televisión Federal S.A. won the license for the privatization of channel 11 in Buenos Aires; one of the shareholders, Televisoras Provinciales, was a consortium of interior television stations, including Emisora Arenales.[8][9]

Atlántida Comunicaciones acquired Televisoras Provinciales's share in Telefe in April 1998, as well as seven of the network's 10 affiliated stations, including LRI 486 TV;[10][11] the purchase was consummated that September.[12] Emisora Arenales de Radiodifusión itself was merged into Compañía de Televisión del Atlántico S.A. in 1999.[8][13]

During this time, LRI 486 TV also played a role in digital television testing. In February 1999, the Secretariat of Communications authorized testing of the ATSC digital television system—Argentina's original choice[14]—by channel 8, using VHF channel 9.[15]

The Telefónica years

On 30 November 1999, Spanish communications company Telefónica announced that it would purchase the 70 percent of Atlántida it did not own, including Telefe, seven affiliates, and radio station FM Hit, in a transaction valued at US$530 million.[16][17][18][19] At the same time, it was announced that the same company would purchase 50 percent of Azul Televisión, another Buenos Aires station, and its three repeaters—including the other commercial television station in Mar del Plata, channel 10. On 19 April 2000, the Secretariat of the Defense of Competition and the Consumer, Argentina's antitrust regulator, approved both transactions, contingent on the sale of one of the two Mar del Plata television stations within 180 days.[20]

However, this sale did not occur in a timely manner. In November 2001, COMFER ordered Telefónica to make up its mind and sell off one of its two stations in Mar del Plata and one of either Azul Televisión or Telefe within 12 months.[21] Telefónica chose the higher-rated Telefe and its affiliate, channel 8, and sold off Azul Televisión and its affiliate, channel 10, to a consortium of Daniel Hadad and Fernando Sokolowicz.[22][23][24]

In 2009, Argentina changed its choice of digital television system and selected ISDB-T instead.[25] On 30 August 2011, the Federal Authority for Audiovisual Communication Services (AFSCA), COMFER's replacement, authorized channel 8 Mar del Plata to begin ISDB-T test broadcasts on UHF channel 35.[26] Four years later, in March 2015, AFSCA assigned channel 20 for the station's regular digital broadcasts.[27]

From channel 8 to Telefe Mar del Plata

On 3 November 2016, Viacom announced its acquisition of Telefe and its affiliate stations for US$345 million;[28] the purchase was formally made on 15 November.[29][30][31][32] ENACOM approved the purchase on 30 March 2017.[33][34][35]

Telefe announced in November 2018 that, with the digital television transition in Argentina in the near future, it would switch all of its stations to branding by city name instead of channel number—in the case of the longtime "Canal 8", becoming Telefe Mar del Plata.[36][37][38]

Telefe Mar del Plata became the fourth Telefe regional station to begin high definition production on 3 June 2019.[39][40][41]

Local programming

In addition to Telefe programs from Buenos Aires, Telefe Mar del Plata also originates some of its own programming, including its local newscasts, Teleocho Informa, and the weekly news review Tiempo Zonal.[42] Non-news productions include the sports program Goles de Medianoche ("Midnight Goals")[43] and Video Pesca, a fishing program.[44]


Telefe Mar del Plata has 14 repeaters in the Province of Buenos Aires.[45][46]


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