Canal 13 was established when three open TV channels were up for tender in the city of Buenos Aires. The company that won the tender, Río de la Plata TV, quickly partnered with the American network CBS-Time Life, which created the production company Proartel. It was managed by Cuban-born Goar Mestre, who ran the channel during the early years.
It was nationalized in 1975 and privatized in 1989, during Carlos Menem’s first administration. Arte Radiotelevisivo Argentino S.A. (ARTEAR) was the company that was awarded the license. At that time, Grupo Clarín was a controlling shareholder, together with other Argentinian channel owners and businessmen (Gollán, Braver, García Hamilton, Sáenz Valiente, Estornell).
Since then, Canal 13 belongs to Grupo Clarín and is part of its multimedia. Its programming is general, but it includes several news shows (6 hours of news shows a day divided into four bulletins). Besides, the channel’s prime time invariably airs a fiction show co-produced with Pol-Ka. Marcelo Tinelli is the most important star of the channel, since he hosts the most watched television show in Argentina.
Media Companies / Groups
Canal 13 is Arte Radiotelevisivo Argentino Sociedad Anónima (Artear S.A.), which belongs to Grupo Clarín. Its main shareholders are Héctor Magnetto, Ernestina Herrera de Noble’s heirs (Felipe and Marcela Noble Herrera), Lucio Pagliaro and José Aranda.
Grupo Clarín’s board of directors manages Artear S.A.
Affiliated Interests Founder
Born in Cuba, Mestre was a successful media businessman in his motherland until the Cuban Revolution in 1959. He then started his career as representative of American network CBS-Time Life in Latin America, with TV projects in different countries. In Argentina, he established the production company Proartel, that took over Canal 13 when it was privatized, since regulations prohibited foreign equity interests.
Affiliated Interests Editor-In-Chief
He also owns Pol-Ka, one of the main fiction content production companies in Argentina. Grupo Clarín holds shares in his company.
Affiliated Interests other important people
News Director of the channel.
Lima 1261, city of Buenos Aires
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Revenue (in Mill. $)
Operating Profit (in Mill. $)
Advertising (in % of total funding)
$102,682,493 (2018 official advertising)
Audience share data of the Metropolitan Area of Buenos Aires were provided by Kantar Ibope Media.
2018 official advertising data were provided by the Secretariat of National Communications.
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