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Monge leaves Univision San Antonio for Telemundo Chicago

Monge leaves Univision San Antonio for Telemundo Chicago

Anabel MongeAnabel Monge is leaving her anchor job at Univision San Antonio to join “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago.” She’ll be co-anchoring the 5 and 10 pm newscasts alongside Alfonso Gutiérrez.

She officially starts with Telemundo on October 6, but there is no date set yet on when she’ll go on the air.

Anabel replaces Edna Schmidt, who was removed from the anchor desk in October of last year, after less than 3 months on the job. Since then, Alfonso has been the solo anchor of the newscast.

Anabel has spent the past 6 years at Univision 41 in San Antonio, most recently, as a weekday anchor/reporter. Before her move to Texas in 2008, she worked at Univision 19 in Sacramento and Univision 21 in Fresno as a general assignment reporter.

She also worked as a reporter for NBC 9 in El Paso from 2004 to 2005 and NBC 9 in Midland from 2002 to 2004.

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Univision names Estrada VP Corporate Relations

Univision names Estrada VP Corporate Relations

Ron EstradaRon Estrada has joined Univision Communications Inc. as Vice President of Corporate Relations and Community Empowerment, based in Washington, D.C.

Ron was most recently a Vice President and member of the Executive Cabinet for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), where he had worked since February of 2008.

At NCLR, he oversaw the non-profit’s Integrated Marketing and Events Group. He was also an Associate Producer for the NCLR ALMA Awards.

His last day at NCLR was September 5 and he started at Univision on Monday, September 8.

Prior to NCLR, Ron was the Vice President of Marketing for the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC.)

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Del Rincón out at CNN en Español

Del Rincón out at CNN en Español

Fernando del RinconFernando del Rincón has ended his run with CNN en Español. The anchor, who joined the Atlanta-based network in October of 2010, was unable to renegotiate his contract.

According to a source, Del Rincón, host of the Spanish-language network’s 10 pm “Conclusiones,” stormed out of the newsroom yesterday before his show went on the air, despite promoting it on his Twitter account.

Just hours ago – shortly after 6 pm ET, Cynthia Hudson sent the following email to staff announcing his departure:

“I felt it was important to share that CNN en Español and Fernando del Rincón were unable to reach an agreement on a new contract.

This means that he will be leaving the network. We thank him for his years of service and wish him well.”

Fernando’s tweet earlier yesterday, promoting an interview with María Conchita Alonso on his show:

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MundoFox scores carriage on Time Warner Cable in NY

MundoFox scores carriage on Time Warner Cable in NY

MundoFox-TWCNewcomer MundoFox, which has struggled with distribution since its debut in August of 2012, has made a major breakthrough.

Effective immediately, the Spanish-language broadcast network is now available to Time Warner Cable digital subscribers in the New York metro area on channels 807 and 1229.

Carriage on TWC is essential to increase the audience and fuel growth of the Fox-RCN joint venture, because of the cable company’s reach – the most important in the NY metro area.

Prior to the MundoFox-TWC agreement, the young network had almost no visibility in New York, because it aired on a low-powered América CV affiliate with limited cable carriage.

The TWC deal comes about 7 months after Ibra Morales was named President of MundoFox.

“Today marks a milestone in our continuously growing distribution efforts,” said Morales in a statement. “Time Warner Cable is an important partner to MundoFox.”

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Telemundo to hire 30 to launch local newscasts at 14 stations

Telemundo to hire 30 to launch local newscasts at 14 stations

Telemundo logo 2012The Telemundo Station Group is expanding its local news programming and will hire 30 new employees to support the initiative.

The company today announced plans to launch a new 30-minute newscast weekdays at 5:30 pm ET at 14 of its local stations beginning Monday, November 3.

In order to accommodate the local news expansion, Telemundo Network is adjusting its afternoon schedule.

The network’s daily entertainment show “Suelta la Sopa” will now air at 2 pm ET. “Caso Cerrado,” will move to 3 pm ET. “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” is bumped up to 4 pm ET from its current 5 pm timeslot. And to fill in the gap before the additional newscast, a half-hour version “The Best of Caso Cerrado,” will air at 5 pm ET.

The following Telemundo stations that will add the new half-hour newscast: Telemundo 52 Los Angeles, Telemundo 47 New York, Telemundo 51 Miami, Telemundo 47 Houston, Telemundo 39 Dallas, Telemundo Chicago, Telemundo 48 Area de la Bahía, Telemundo San Antonio, Telemundo Phoenix, Telemundo Tucson, Telemundo 40 McAllen, Telemundo 25 Denver, Telemundo 62 Philadelphia and Telemundo Las Vegas.

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Sánchez promoted at KNTV

Sánchez promoted at KNTV

Kris SanchezKris Sánchez has been promoted to weekday anchor at KNTV-11, the NBC O&O in the San Francisco Bay Area.

She was most recently a reporter and anchor for the weekend editions of “Today in the Bay,” the station’s morning news program.

Before joining KNTV as a reporter in 2004, Kris spent 2 years as anchor/reporter for KGPE-TV, the CBS affiliate in Fresno. She also worked as a news anchor and correspondent for Channel One News.

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Galán named anchor for Univision Orlando

Galán named anchor for Univision Orlando

Soraya GalanSoraya Galán returns to Orlando as news anchor for Entravision’s “Noticias Univision Florida Central.” She joins co-anchor Paul Gamache at 6 and 11 pm. Her first day on the air was yesterday, September 15.

She replaces anchor Sharon Miranda, who left the the news business and whose last day on the air was July 31.

Soraya previously worked as anchor for competitor WTMO Telemundo Orlando from 2007 to 2009.

During the past 5 years, she has worked as a reporter for WSCV-51, the Telemundo O&O in Miami. She has also done stints as a producer/reporter for Univision Radio Network and for Telemundo Network’s “Al Rojo Vivo.”

Prior to her first tour of duty in Orlando, Soraya worked as weather anchor for Telemundo Network’s “Esta mañana” and was also on-air talent for Univision’s “Despierta América.”

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Torres hired as first Latina on Seattle Times’ editorial board

Torres hired as first Latina on Seattle Times’ editorial board

Blanca TorresAfter spending the past 9 years in the San Francisco Bay Area, reporter Blanca Torres has moved to Washington state to become the first Latina to join the Seattle Times’ editorial board.  She joins the paper as an editorial writer and columnist. Her first day was Monday, September 8.

“Taking on a job as an editorial writer is a huge change for me both personally and professionally to go from reporting to opinion-based writing and to return to the Pacific Northwest, where I grew up,” Blanca tells Media Moves. “The editorial staff at the Seattle Times has completely turned over in the past three years and it’s exciting to join a newspaper known for top-notch, independent journalism.”

This is a return to the Times for Blanca, who interned there 10 years ago before moving to the East Coast for a reporter job at The Baltimore Sun.

Blanca was most recently a reporter for The San Francisco Business Times, where she spent over 6 years. She previously worked as a business writer for the Contra Costa Times.

Blanca is a Washington state native. She writes about her decision to move back to Seattle and her love for journalism in a blog post for the Times.

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PBS features online short films for Hispanic Heritage Month

PBS features online short films for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Available online, the animated documentary Frontera! tells the story of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt.

Latino Public Broadcasting today premieres new online short films on PBS.org as part of its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Frontera! Revolt and Rebellion on the Rio Grande” is an animated short from award-winning Chicano media artist John Jota Leaños.

The film uses humor, hip hop and comic book style animation to tell the story of the Pueblo Revolt of 1680 – a pan-Indian uprising that successfully expelled the Spanish occupiers from the Rio Grande region and led to an indigenous cultural and social renaissance.

Also available online is the three-part “New American Girls.” Produced by Mitchell Teplitsky and Betty Bastidas, the short documentary profiles three young women, brought to the U.S. as young children by undocumented parents and raised and educated here, who are aiming for careers in medicine, law and education. These DREAMers tell their stories.

In addition to these online premieres, local PBS stations will re-air several recent LPB-funded programs, including the acclaimed series “The Latino Americans,” several episodes of which are also available on PBS.org, “Ruben Salazar: Man in the Middle,” and “Rebel.”

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La Opinión launches redesigned paper in tabloid format

La Opinión launches redesigned paper in tabloid format

La Opinion new cover Sept. 15, 2014

La Opinión switches to tabloid from broadsheet after 88 years.

On the eve of its 88th anniversary, impreMedia, the parent company of La Opinión, has launched a redesign of the legendary Los Angeles Spanish-language daily. The biggest change: its format. As of today, the paper, founded on September 16, 1926, abandons its broadsheet format to go tabloid.

La Opinión is adapting its size to make it easier to read and handle,” impreMedia’s VP of Content Juan Varela tells Media Moves. “It’s a compact format, easy to read anywhere – whether in a bus, car or standing.”

According to Varela, “the new La Opinión is a paper thought out for the two main reading platforms: paper and smartphones.”

In addition to the new format, La Opinión debuts a new logo and cover design that includes more photos and less text. The paper is also expanding its sports section and adding more content for women.

As part of its new strategy, the company will now incorporate elements and formats to “advance convergence between paper and new platforms.” Social media efforts will play a stronger role in the reporting and promoting of the paper’s content.

LaOpinion.com will also be spruced up. It will undergo some changes starting today, which will be completed in two phases, while the company works out compatibility issues within its content management systems.

La Opinión’s redesign comes three months after impreMedia’s revamped El Diario NY, amidst employee unrest, accusations of harassment against management, and union action, including picketing in front of the company’s headquarters.

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