NBC Sees Raid in Mexico As Salinas Power Play

NBC Sees Raid in Mexico As Salinas Power Play 1U.S. Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo had just finished filming footage for the reality show “Quinceanera” last Friday when dozens of armed Mexican police forced their way into the studio.

Clad in bullet-proof vests and wielding shotguns, the officers seized cameras and other equipment and halted production on the show, according to executives at Telemundo and its parent company, General Electric Co.’s NBC Universal. Accompanying them were security guards and lawyers for Mexico’s second-biggest broadcaster, in terms of viewers and ad-market share, TV Azteca SA.

TV Azteca says the raid was simply aimed at enforcing a court order to shut down production because Telemundo’s partner on the project, a Miami-based production company called Nostromo America LLC, is under exclusive contract to TV Azteca for certain reality TV shows.