Raúl De Molina isn’t satisfied with the state of Latino representation on television.
In an interview with HuffPost Live, the Emmy Award-winning Univision host said that the lack of Latinos on TV could explain why large broadcast networks are losing ground in that demographic.
“Univision was number one in primetime in their ratings sweeps and this has to tell something to the major American networks,” he told host Marc Lamont Hill. “Look, Latinos are going to the Spanish networks because you guys don't have Latinos working [there].”
Despite the rise of a few Hispanic entertainers, Molina wasn’t optimistic about the prospects for diversity in television. In fact, he suggested that progress in the TV industry may have taken a few steps backward in recent years.
“'The Ed Sullivan Show,' in the 1950s, would bring acts from Latin America to be on TV. I don’t think we have that much now," Molina said. "Ricardo Montalbán and Ricky Ricardo were probably some of the top performers in the 1950s. And now, well Jennifer Lopez and Sofia Vergara [are successful Latina entertainers,] but it really hasn’t changed that much. There are only a few that can make it big in Hollywood."
Watch the full HuffPost Live conversation about Latino representation in television here.
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