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Teleamazonas is a television channel in Ecuador. Since the start of their transmissions, on February 22 of 1974, the channel is one of the major television networks of Ecuador.

TypeBroadcast Television Network
Slogan"Junto a ti" (Spanish: With You)
OwnerLa Republica media group, Teleamazonas employees and others.[1]
Key people
Sebastián Corral, legal representative
Launch date
February 22, 1974
Official website
Picture format480i (SDTV)
VHFChannel 4 (Quito)
Channel 5 (Guayaquil)
DirecTV EcuadorChannel 180
Grupo TV CableChannel 4 (Quito)
Channel 5 (Guayaquil)
UnivisaChannel 5
Claro TVChannel 4 (Quito)
Channel 5 (Guayaquil)

It broadcasts on channel 4 to Quito and channel 5 to Guayaquil. The international version of the channel is available on EchoStar's Dish Network DishLATINO programming package in the United States.



Teleamazonas began broadcasting on February 22, 1974, as the first network with colour television transmissions in Ecuador. Its headquarters are located in Quito. Teleamazonas got the most powerful microwave radio relay, acquired the first mobile television unit, and built in Guayaquil the biggest self-supported antenna.

Founded by Antonio Granda Centeno, the channel was under control of his family until 2001, when Eduardo Granda Garcés paid a high debt to Banco del Pichincha. Fidel Egas Grijalva, major shareholder of the bank, took charge of Teleamazonas.

During the presidency of Rafael Correa, the network, particularly its flagship opinion maker and pundit Jorge Ortiz, has found itself at odds with the government, which accuses it of manipulating public opinion to suite the interests of the companies and shareholders who provide the capital for Teleamazonas such as the Banco del Pichincha. Several proceedings have taken place against Teleamazonas, culminating on December 23, 2009, when the network was ordered a 72-hour shutdown. This government move immediately prompted a backlash from advocacy groups who claimed to be acting in the interests of freedom of expression.

On September 2010, Fidel Egas sold his shares on Teleamazonas to several groups: 30% to the Peruvian media group La República, 48% to a group of Teleamazonas employees and 22% to a group of Fidel Egas' personal friends. Teleamazonas sale was the result of the mandate of the Ecuadorian Constitution of 2008, which provides that no person may simultaneously hold shares in banks and media.[1]


Teleamazonas has produced important national series and films like "Sucre", "En un rincón del alma", "Recuerdos en Paita", "El Gran Retorno", "J. J., El Ruiseñor de América", among others.

Soccer BroadcastsEdit

Teleamazonas has the rights to broadcast the home games of Deportivo Quito, Espoli, Imbabura, LDU Quito and Manta during the 2011 Copa Credife.

Nowadays, it is the channel with largest availability in the country.


  1. ^ a b "Teleamazonas, sin programas de opinión". Diario El Comercio. Retrieved 20 March 2011.

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