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Univision 14 will move SF headquarters to San Jose

Univision 14 will move SF headquarters to San Jose

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Univision’s KDTV-14 is currently housed on the 41st floor of a skyscraper in SF’s Financial District.

Citing the high cost of doing business in San Francisco and an opportunity to set up shop closer to where most of the market’s Hispanic population lives, KDTV Univision 14 is relocating its operations down south to San Jose.

The Univision O&O moved to the 41st floor of a skyscraper in San Francisco’s Financial District in 1998. The station was previously housed further south in the city, in an industrial park on Palou Ave.

Univision is not just moving its TV studio and newsroom, it’s also packing up its 3 radio stations – KSOL (98.9/99.1), KBRG (100.3 Mas Variedad), and KVVF (Hot 105.7/100.7).

The move is expected to take place in late 2015 with construction of the new facilities start early next year.

Univision’s new TV and radio consolidated headquarters will be at 1940 Zanker Road – only a mile away from the Telemundo/NBC studios.

KSTS-48 has been based in San Jose since it became a Telemundo station in 1987.

According to station spokesperson Carolina Echeverría, about 60 to 65 employees will be moving to the new San Jose headquarters.

Approximately 20 people will remain based in a smaller bureau in San Francisco. No location has been selected yet for the bureau.

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Karen Borta leaves primetime for morning newscast

Karen Borta leaves primetime for morning newscast

Karen BortaAnchor Karen Borta is taking an unusual step. After almost 20 years as main anchor at KTVT-11, the CBS O&O in Dallas, she has decided to leave the evening newscasts to do mornings at the station.

She’ll stay on for the next couple of weeks doing the 5, 6 and 10 pm news and switch to early mornings starting Monday, January 12.

“My three children are now in high school and junior high. This new schedule will finally allow me to do the things that so many people take for granted, such as eating dinner with my family and attending my kids’ weeknight games – all things I often missed when working nights,” Karen explained on the air.

“As parents, we don’t get do-overs, and it means the world to me to be able to fully participate in this part of their lives before they leave the nest.”

She also went into more detail about her reasons during a newsroom announcement.

Karen joined CBS 11 News in 1995. She was previously an anchor and reporter at CBS affiliate WTVT-TV in Tampa, KRBK-TV in Sacramento and KCEN-TV in Waco.

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Rozemberg hired to lead San Antonio weekly

Rozemberg hired to lead San Antonio weekly

Hernan RozembergHernán Rozemberg is leaving his job as Metro Editor at the Lafayette Journal & Courier. His last day is December 26.

He’s moving back to Texas to take on the role of Editor-in-Chief of the San Antonio Current, the city’s alt-weekly. He starts the new job on January 13.

Prior to moving to the Midwest, Hernán was Senior Editor of Fox News Latino until April of this year.

Before joining FNL, he was a freelance correspondent for the AP and a senior correspondent for Texas Public Radio.

He was previously a senior reporter for the San Antonio Express-News from 2003 to 2009 and spent 4 years as a reporter for The Arizona Republic.

 

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Mexicanal produces second original docu-reality series

Mexicanal produces second original docu-reality series

Son MariachisMexicanal is trying to expand its reach with more original programming. The network that targets Mexicans in the U.S. has produced its second original docu-reality series.

“Son Mariachis” takes viewers behind the scenes look at life on the road with a mariachi family as it struggles to achieve success with its Mariachi Banda Nueva Generación.

The 13-episode series premieres on Mexicanal this Sunday, December 21, at 7:30 PT/10:30 pm ET.

Mexicanal’s first original docu-reality series was “El Rayo Vida de Lucha,” a series about Mexican wrestling.

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NTN24 gets NY carriage on Cablevision

NTN24 gets NY carriage on Cablevision

NTN24-logoInternational news and opinion network NTN24 is expanding its coverage. The service is now available to subscribers of New York’s Cablevision through its Optimum en español TV Package.

NTN24’s addition to the Optimum TV programming grid is part of the company’s expansion strategy.

“In 2015, we will continue expanding our distribution agreements in order to reach more Hispanic communities in the US, Canada and Latin America,” Julián Giraldo, CEO of NTN24 and VP of RCN TV International Channels said in a statement.

Colombia’s RCN TV owns NTN24.

According to the company, NTN24 is available in 22 countries through main cable and satellite pay TV operators, reaching 40 million viewers in the Americas and Spain.

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Helft named Forbes magazine’s SF bureau chief

Helft named Forbes magazine’s SF bureau chief

Miguel HelftTomorrow is Miguel Helft’s last day as senior writer for Fortune Magazine. Starting January 20, 2015 leaves he takes on a new job as San Francisco bureau chief for Forbes.

In his new role, he’ll lead Forbes’ technology reporting team, guiding technology coverage, mentoring staff writers, supporting the contributor model, as well as editing Forbes magazine and online features.

Miguel will also be writing regularly for Forbes magazine and Forbes.com, covering top companies and major stories.

“I loved my time at Fortune,” Miguel tells Media Moves. “Forbes offered me a great opportunity to broaden my horizons, take on a leadership role and help to build a top-notch tech journalism team. At the same time, I will have the chance to write insightful, high-impact stories on the companies and people that shape the tech economy. The opportunity was too good to pass up.”

During his three and half years at Fortune, Miguel was one of the lead writers at the magazine, covering Steve Jobs, Google, YouTube, Facebook, big data, venture capital and startups.

He won a New York Press Club award for feature writing for his 2013 cover profile of Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.

Before joining Fortune in 2011, Miguel spent five years at The New York Times as beat reporter covering companies like Apple, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

He previously worked at The San Jose Mercury News as a tech reporter and an editorial writer. Prior to that, he was a senior writer at The Industry Standard and a reporter for the Los Angeles Times.

Born and raised in Argentina, Miguel is a Stanford University Computer Science grad, who started his career as a software engineer for Sun Microsystems before switching to journalism.

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Carrillo joins startup reported.ly

Carrillo joins startup reported.ly

Wendy CarrilloWendy Carrillo has started a new job as West Coast anchor/producer for First Look Media’s startup reported.ly.

She’ll be reporting directly to Andy Carvin, who heads the global news site scheduled to launch in January.

“Andy and the team have full editorial control, we are going to experiment, see what works, what sticks and hopefully, also receive feedback from community,” Wendy tells Media Moves.

Reported.ly’s Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Medium pages were activated last week to begin user engagement, ahead of the site’s rollout.

“I’m very excited to be part of such a groundbreaking new venture in which we are no longer explaining why social matters – we know it does. We’re going to use these platforms to share news content and create a way in which people can participate in the conversation.”

In addition to her new role, Wendy will continue her duties as host and executive producer of “Knowledge is Power” on KPWR 106 FM in Los Angeles, as she has done for the past 8 years.

A multimedia journalist, Wendy most recently worked as a writer and digital producer for NuvoTV. She is also a regular contributor to Pivot’s Take Part Live, Huff Post Live, The Young Turks’ The Point and Al Jazeera America.

On its website, parent company First Look Media states it seeks to improve society through journalism and technology and “is deeply committed to editorial independence,” structuring its network of digital magazines “to provide our journalists with the kind of autonomy that is too often undermined by the demands of advertisers and investors.”

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López promoted to News Director at KTLM

López promoted to News Director at KTLM

Miguelangel Lopez KTLMMiguelángel López has been promoted from Executive Producer to News Director at KTLM-40, the Telemundo O&O in McAllen that covers South Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.

He replaces Juan Francisco Cobos, who left the position in September for a Univision producer/correspondent job, also in McAllen.

In his new role, Miguelángel will be responsible for the overall performance of the news department and all other local productions across multiple media platforms.

Miguelángel was the Executive Producer for Noticias Telemundo 40 since July of this year. He helped launch the new 4:30 pm weekday local newscast.

He was previously a Miami-based producer for Telemundo network. He started his career with the company in his native Puerto Rico in 2006, as a news assistant, later becoming a host and producer for “Día a Día” and “Al Rojo Vivo.”

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Univision, Fox and Tribune team up to measure local TV

Univision, Fox and Tribune team up to measure local TV

Uni-Fox-Tribune-NewCoinUnivision, Tribune Media, and FOX television stations have joined forces to create NewCoin LLC., a new data venture that will be an alternative to Nielsen for measuring local audiences across TV and digital media.

The companies will beta test the service in the Dallas area before trying it out in other markets.

According to the founding companies, the venture is “aimed at addressing deficiencies in local market television audience measurement.”

The broadcasters have partnered with Timeline Labs, which helps media companies “analyze billions of social media messages daily in real-time.” Timeline will use technology provided by SeaChange International to strengthen NewCoin’s ability to deliver a broader audience management solution.

NewCoin’s mission is to combine the power of currently available data and emerging technologies to create a more comprehensive measurement tool that will accurately measure “the full TV audience” that watches television programming in both linear and digital platforms.

“We know our Hispanic audiences are driving media use on linear and digital platforms and are pleased to work with Timeline Labs to develop a much needed tool to effectively capture total media consumption,” said Kevin Cuddihy, Univision President of Local Media.

If the service proves successful, it could change the media measuring landscape and provide a strong contender to Nielsen, which in recent years has had several problems with the accuracy of its numbers.

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Abramson Valenzuela promoted to SVP at NBCU Hispanic Enterprises

Abramson Valenzuela promoted to SVP at NBCU Hispanic Enterprises

Meara Abramson ValenzuelaNBCUniversal has promoted Meara Abramson Valenzuela to Senior Vice President, Planning and Strategy, Hispanic Enterprises and Content. She’s based in New York and will report to Marlene Sánchez Dooner, EVP, Hispanic Enterprises and Content.

In this role, she’ll support strategic decision-making and lead the analysis, planning and execution of key projects across the division’s businesses (Telemundo Network, Studios, Digital, Stations, Cable and International).

She was previously VP of Advertising Sales Planning, where she oversaw planning and deal structures for Telemundo and mun2.

Meara joined NBCUniversal in 2004 as part of the Ad Sales Finance and Pricing group supporting NBC News, with a focus on MSNBC and CNBC.

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“Fusion Live” cancelled, Guzmán leaves network

“Fusion Live” cancelled, Guzmán leaves network

Fusion Live Pedro and MarianaAnother Fusion show bites the dust. This time, it’s “Fusion Live,” the nightly 8 pm newscast anchored by Mariana Atencio and Pedro Andrade.

The daily, which started out as “The Morning Show” when Fusion launched on October 28 of last year, was reorganized in January and moved to its evening time slot in March.

In an email sent to staffers today, CEO Isaac Lee announced they would stop production of new editions of “Fusion Live” effective immediately as part of the network’s changes to “help position Fusion to grow and improve” in 2015.

The show’s cancellation means there will be some layoffs and staff reorganization.

Javier Guzmán, the show’s Executive Producer, is leaving the network, while the anchors Mariana and Pedro will be moved to other show units.

The first show to get axed was “DNA,” back in January, after barely 3 months on the air.

In March, the network scaled back Jorge Ramos’ “América” from a daily to a weekly. Fusion also downsized “Open Source” with León Krauze and then quietly eliminated it from its schedule altogether.

The only originally-produced dailies remaining are “Alicia Menéndez Tonight” and “No You Shut Up.”

In his email, Lee states “2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve.”

Here’s the email in its entirety, obtained by TVNewser:

Hola Fusion,

As we prepare for 2015 we are making some changes to our television line-up that will help position Fusion to grow and improve our television offerings in the new year.

As of today we will stop producing new editions of “Fusion Live.” Throughout our first year, “The Morning Show,” and later “Fusion Live,” was a place for us to experiment and try new things.

Over the past year, we’ve seen Mariana Atencio truly shine with her field reporting in a broad range of locales, from Ferguson to Mexico, Hong Kong, and Venezuela, telling the stories that other outlets simply weren’t covering. Pedro Andrade was the ideal tour guide when the world descended upon his home country of Brazil for the World Cup giving our audience an insider’s view of the celebration.

We will be moving members of the “Fusion Live” production team to other shows and units. Wade will be having meetings with teams throughout the day to discuss this in greater detail and will answer any questions you might have.

By shifting gears from a nightly show, this change will allow us to form a new production team, led by Mark Lima, that will help us ramp up the number of single topic specials we produce in the new year and build on our previous successes.

As we have learned through the success of “Pimp City,” “Agents of Change,” “#SOSVenezuela,” and most recently with “RiseUp,” young people are deeply curious and seeking context about many of the complex issues facing our world today. They are interested in programming that tackles big topics or helps them answer core questions about what is happening in the world around them.

Mark’s new team will work to bring our authentic, engaging style of storytelling to a number of specific stories and issues our audience is interested in. Mariana and Pedro will play an integral role in this team, while also contributing regularly to “AMERICA” and “AM Tonight.”

We are also having a number of conversations with ABC, ESPN, and the Univision News documentary unit that will result in exciting new additions to our lineup in early 2015. I look forward to sharing more news about that in the days and weeks ahead.

As a result of our decision, I’m sad to announce Javier Guzman will be leaving Fusion. He has been a dedicated champion of Fusion over the past year and a half. I would like to thank him for all the contributions he has made to Fusion and wish him all the best.

2015 is going to be a pivotal year for Fusion and our success is tied to our ability to experiment, adapt, and evolve. I am incredibly proud of how much we have learned and grown in 2014 and I believe Fusion is positioned for incredible growth across all our platforms in the coming year.

– Isaac

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Yapor sidesteps Telemundo for Univision anchor job

Yapor sidesteps Telemundo for Univision anchor job

Karina YaporKarina Yapor was working as a multimedia journalist at KTDO, the Telemundo station in El Paso, when she got an offer to go to San Antonio as a weekday primetime anchor.

With a deal in place – at least Telemundo thought so – the network publicly announced her hire on October 16, saying she would start the new job Oct. 27. But she never made it to San Antonio.

Instead, she’s now working for Univision Dallas. Her first day as anchor of KUVN’s weekday morning show “Noticias 23 Primera Edición” was November 13.

So what happened? Telemundo wouldn’t comment on the situation, but Karina sent Media Moves a brief statement:

“I feel very honored that two great companies like Telemundo San Antonio and Univision Dallas were interested in my professional performance. They were two excellent opportunities that materialized simultaneously, and in the end, Dallas proved to be the ideal place for my professional growth at this point in my life. I am very happy about how the community and colleagues received me. It couldn’t have been any better.”

Karina spent 4 years at KTDO, first as a producer and then as an on-air multimedia journalist, leaving the station in October.

Karina was one of several young girls caught up in the Gloria Trevi/Sergio Andrade scandal in the late 90’s involving kidnapping, sexual assault and corruption of minors.

In 2001 she wrote the book “Revelaciones: Mis Amargas Experiencias Con Gloria Trevi, Sergio Andrade y Mary Boquitas” (“Revelations: My Bitter Experiences With Gloria Trevi, Sergio Andrade and Mary Boquitas”), where she details what she went through with the singer and her manager during the time she was an aspiring singer under their tutelage.

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