CAN TV Announces Expansion of Latino News Network Partnership

Community Access Television Continues to Amplify Diverse Voices with Launch of New Original Programming

April 16, 2024




CHICAGO – April 16, 2024 – CAN TV, Chicago’s premiere hub for community access news, hyperlocal stories and educational resources, announced an expansion to its partnership with the Latino News Network (LNN), an independent, multimedia digital news and information outlet with a Hispanic-Latino editorial focus and local newsrooms across the country, including Illinois. Building upon their existing collaboration that began May 2023, CAN TV and LNN are set to introduce two new monthly programs this year aimed at fostering dialogue, promoting civic engagement and amplifying diverse voices across the city of Chicago and beyond: “Sazón de Illinois” and “Presente!”. 

LNN Publisher and host of the CAN TV show “3 Questions With…” Hugo Balta will serve as host and executive producer for “Sazón de Illinois,” a 30-minute TV program that will showcase the state’s vibrant Latin American food scene – from authentic taquerias to family-owned panaderias. Each month, Balta will visit a different neighborhood to explore establishments and delve into the personal stories of Latinx business owners/employees and their unique offerings. The show will also spotlight the contributions of these businesses to the local economy and the city’s rich cultural tapestry.

Balta will also serve as the executive producer for “Presente!,” a public affairs program elevating the voices and visibility of matters most important to the Hispanic-Latino community by speaking with community and industry thought leaders on the social determinants of health and democracy. 

“I’m grateful and excited for the opportunity to expand a partnership that is focused on amplifying the experiences, challenges, and triumphs of communities making a difference and shaping the future of our city,” said Balta.

In an effort to expand its focus on hyperlocal news and public affairs, CAN TV also tapped Balta to host “Chicago Politics.” Premiering May 19, “Chicago Politics” will serve as the network’s anchor program and dive into the city’s unique political landscape.

“This expanded partnership with Latino News Network represents a significant step in furthering our mission to supercharge community-driven journalism,” said Darrious Hilmon, Executive Director of CAN TV. “Together, we unlock a unique opportunity to magnify the rich stories and perspectives that weave Chicago’s cultural fabric.”

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For four decades, CAN TV has unlocked the voices of Chicagoans with community access news, hyperlocal stories and journalistic education and resources. Through original and public programming, alongside educational opportunities that build media literacy, skill and independence, CAN TV takes community access to the next level, supporting local Chicagoans to hear and tell the stories that matter most. CAN TV’s programming can be viewed on its five local cable channels (CAN TV 19, 21, 27, 36, and 42) or on streaming platforms including Roku, Fire TV Stick and iOS and Android devices. During 2023, more than 34 million viewers watched CAN TV programs. For more information on the organization and upcoming initiatives, events and programming specials, visit