CNN is planning to sell an eight-hour block of Spanish-language programming to local TV stations, the Los Angeles TimesMeg James reports. The service, which is called CNN Latino, will not only feature news, but also talk shows, entertainment and lifestyle programming. The first client is KBEH Los Angeles, which will begin airing the programming in January.

“We are trying to appeal to bilingual Latinos in the U.S., those who feel 100% American and 100% Latino,” said Cynthia Hudson-Fernández, general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN. “This is an alternative to existing networks. We feel that there is a huge opportunity for this type of programming.”

In so doing, CNN is trying to beat ABC News and Univision to the punch.

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