Industry Veteran Alberto Ciurana Passes Away


Alberto Ciurana, who served as general director of content and distribution at TV Azteca, as well as previous prominent roles at Televisa and Univision, died yesterday as a result of Covid-19.

The news was announced by Benjamín Salinas, the former CEO of TV Azteca and current VP of the Board of Directors of Grupo Salinas. On Twitter, the executive said: “I’m deeply saddened by the death of Alberto Ciurana, a dear collaborator to whom Azteca owes much of what we’ve built together. He will always be remembered with affection and gratitude. My condolences to his family and friends.”

Ricardo Salinas, the founder and president of Grupo Salinas, also commented on Twitter: “Today we very much regret the death of my friend Alberto Ciurana, I wish his family and friends a speedy recovery, at Grupo Salinas we will always remember him like the great friend and collaborator that he was.”

On March 10, Ciurana said on Twitter that, despite having received the first dose of one of the vaccines that prevents Covid-19, he had been infected with the virus and had to be hospitalized despite experiencing mild symptoms.

Ciurana had served as general director of content and distribution for TV Azteca since October 2017. Previously, the executive held the position of president of programming and content at Univision Networks, where he oversaw programming for Univision Communications’ television and cable networks. Ciurana left for Univision after working as VP of programming at Televisa for 15 years.