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XHFAMX LaOctava.png
Mexico City
ChannelsDigital: 28 (UHF)
Virtual: 8[1]
BrandingLa Octava
OwnerFrancisco Aguirre Gómez[2]
OperatorGrupo Radio Centro
First air date
October 31, 2019
Call sign meaning
Francisco Aguirre Ciudad de MéXico

XHFAMX-TDT, known as La Octava (The Eighth), is a television station in Mexico City broadcasting on virtual channel 8. XHFAMX is owned by Francisco Aguirre Gómez, who until 2019 served as the CEO of Grupo Radio Centro; GRC operates the station. XHFAMX took to the air from Grupo Radio Centro's tower on Cerro del Chiquihuite after having originally applied to build its transmitting facility at the Villa Alpina site in Naucalpan, State of Mexico, from which the company's Mexico City FM stations broadcast.


Previous Radio Centro ventures into television

Grupo Radio Centro's history with television began in 1968, when the company's Corporación Mexicana de Radio y Televisión built XHDF-TV (channel 13). Francisco Aguirre Jiménez, the founder of Organización Radio Centro, installed his son, Francisco Aguirre Gómez, as the manager of the new television station. XHDF had limited resources and came to air as Televisión Independiente de México arrived in Mexico City with XHTM-TV channel 8; the station's program schedule consisted mostly of foreign import series. By 1972, its debts to the federal government were so large that state-owned bank SOMEX expropriated the station and built it into a national television network, first as Canal 13 and later under the aegis of Imevisión.[3]

Radio Centro made another push into television in 2015, when the Federal Telecommunications Institute bid out packages for two national television networks. However, GRC grossly overbid; its offer of 3.058 billion pesos far exceeded the other winning bid of 1.808 billion from Grupo Imagen, which was able to launch Imagen Televisión in October 2016.[3] In the end, GRC opted not to pay and take on the television operation.[4] It struggled to cover the security deposit of 415 million pesos and was forced to seek a loan from Banco del Bajío to help finance the payment.[5] Additionally, it sold and leased back its Mexico City headquarters building.[6] Radio Centro's financial difficulties continued into 2019, when the company was described as facing the "worst crisis" in its 73-year history.[7]

Award of XHFAMX and transmitter site switch

Artículo 123 No. 90 in Mexico City, the building where La Octava's studios are located
Artículo 123 No. 90 in Mexico City, the building where La Octava's studios are located

XHFAMX was awarded in the IFT-6 television station auction of 2017. Francisco Aguirre Gómez paid Mex$425,929,000 for the concession.[8] Notably, Radio Centro itself did not participate; the company issued a statement denying that it was a party to the auction, distancing itself from its own executive.[9]

In May 2019, Aguirre Gómez announced he would leave his post as CEO of Grupo Radio Centro, effective June 15, 2019, with one of his sons, Juan Aguirre Abdó, replacing him; Aguirre Gómez continued to own more than 36 percent of GRC.[6] The next month, Aguirre Gómez announced that XHFAMX-TDT had selected virtual channel 8, the lowest available in the Mexico City area, and that the station would go on air from Cerro del Chiquihuite, home to almost all of Mexico City's TV stations.[10]

The decision to go on Chiquihuite was a notable change of plan. On September 20, 2018, Aguirre Gómez was authorized to build the station at the GRC FM site west of the city in Naucalpan.[11] However, in a letter to the IFT dated August 1, 2019—notably after having already declared his intention to do so in the media—Aguirre filed to change the station's transmitter site to Chiquihuite, noting that because most of Mexico City's TV stations were there (and the Televisa stations were on Pico Tres Padres, further north), it was advantageous to place the transmitter in the direction that most Mexico City TV antennas were already oriented; the IFT approved the change on August 15.[12]


XHFAMX was formally presented to the media at a GRC upfront presentation on October 10, 2019. At that time, it was announced that the station would launch at 10 p.m. on October 31;[13] the transmitter was turned on October 28. GRC's television studios are located in the building at Artículo 123 No. 90 in Mexico City, where Radio Centro was founded in 1946.[13] The manager of La Octava was also announced as Jorge Mettey, who previously worked in the United States for MundoFox, Univision and Azteca América.[14]


La Octava will lean on GRC's existing news and talk infrastructure for some of its most important programming. Julio Hernández López, known as Julio Astillero, who hosts an afternoon show for Radio Centro, will host the station's flagship 10 p.m. newscast. However, Carmen Aristegui, whose morning newscast has been aired by Radio Centro 97.7 FM in late 2018, will not be seen on La Octava, as she has a preexisting relationship with CNN.[15] At the same time, the news programming that had been airing on 97.7 since its January 14, 2019, relaunch, will move to 88.1, matching the 8.1 assignment of XHFAMX.[15] Vicente Serrano, Álvaro Delgado Gómez and Alejandro Páez Varela will also have programs on the new TV station.[16]

The Africam Safari, located in Puebla, will produce several children's and wildlife shows to air on La Octava.[16] The channel's only imported programming at launch will be a two-hour block of Korean series aired three times a week.[17] Both of this programming have yet to debut as of October 2020.

Citing financial reasons, Astillero's 10pm newscast ended on December 20, 2019, while a month later, Vicente Serrano resigned on-air due him alleging that GRC was trying to dictate the content of his program. Astillero left the channel on March 20, 2020.

The channel's news and opinion programming have been noted to have a strong bias favoring Andrés Manuel López Obrador and his government, as well as against the opposition.


  1. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Listado de Canales Virtuales. Last modified 25 January 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  2. ^ Instituto Federal de Telecomunicaciones. Infraestructura de Estaciones de TDT. Last modified 2018-05-16. Retrieved March 16, 2019. Technical information from the IFT Coverage Viewer.
  3. ^ a b Urdiales, Carlos (March 26, 2015). "Radio Centro, historia es destino". La Razón (in Spanish). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  4. ^ BMV "Relevant Event" release, 10 April 2015 Archived June 18, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Grupo Radio Centro corrige: préstamo con BanBajío es a 5 años, no a 3". El Financiero (in Spanish). April 15, 2015. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  6. ^ a b Lucas, Nicolás (May 15, 2019). "Francisco Aguirre hereda a su hijo un Radio Centro con 66% de la audiencia y pasivos por 3,084 millones de pesos". El Economista (in Spanish). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  7. ^ Castañares, Itzel (May 2019). "Radio Centro, a punto del colapso: apaga estaciones, programas y pone en riesgo su canal de TV". El CEO (in Spanish). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  8. ^ Final Report on Concessions Issued in IFT-6
  9. ^ "Niega Radio Centro participar en licitación de TV". ConsumoTIC (in Spanish). August 16, 2017. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  10. ^ Lucas, Nicolás (June 16, 2015). "Francisco Aguirre se alista para encender el canal 8.1 de televisión en la CDMX". El Economista (in Spanish). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  11. ^ RPC: #036283 Technical Characteristics of Operation — XHFAMX-TDT (from Naucalpan)
  12. ^ Letter from Francisco Aguirre Gómez to the IFT, dated August 1, 2019, made available by the IFT in transparency request 0912100066819
  13. ^ a b Lucas, Nicolás (October 10, 2019). "Carmen Aristegui regresa a la televisión en el nuevo canal "La Octava" 8.1". El Economista (in Spanish). Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  14. ^ "Lanza Grupo Radio Centro canal de televisión "La Octava"; va Julio Hernández en horario estelar". Etcétera. October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  15. ^ a b ""La Octava", de Grupo Radio Centro, inicia transmisiones el 31 de octubre". Aristegui Noticias (in Spanish). October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  16. ^ a b "Juan Aguirre presenta La Octava, apuesta de TV abierta de GRC; Astillero tendrá noticiero principal". SinEmbargo. October 11, 2019. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  17. ^ "Programación". La Octava. Retrieved October 13, 2019.

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