This Was Television On July 18

1993: TV Azteca is founded

Mexico’s second-largest media company, the group operates two networks—Azteca Trece and Azteca 7—which broadcast throughout the nation. It also runs the American Spanish-language channel Azteca América, as well as networks throughout Latin America.

TV Azteca courted controversy by refusing to air Mexico’s presidential debate earlier this year, instead opting for a soccer match featuring a team owned by the network. NBC may announce a similar decision if the U.S. presidential debate schedule conflicts with this fall’s International Turtle Racing Championship, since four-time winner “Shell-ey Long” is currently the Peacock Network’s most valuable asset. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Kristen Bell, superlative sleuth (32); Chace Crawford, spellcheck thwarter (27); Margo Martindale, apple pie proprietor (61); Elizabeth McGovern, Yankee countess (51); Harriet Nelson, Ozzie’s better half (d. 1994); Red Skelton, sketch comedy legend (d. 1997).

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