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KTAZ hires Aponte & Gonzalez as MMJs; names new weekend anchor

KTAZ hires Aponte & Gonzalez as MMJs; names new weekend anchor

Valeria Aponte, Arlety González and Juan González

From L to R: Valeria Aponte, Arlety González and Juan González.

KTAZ Telemundo Phoenix has made three new hires. Valeria Aponte and Arlety Gonzalez join the news team as Multimedia Journalists and Juan González as the station’s weekend meteorologist.

Valeria and Arlety make their on-air debut next week. Juan’s first day on the air is October 8.

The station also announced that Paola Morales and Jimena Gonzalez will be the co-anchors for the new 4 pm newscast that will premiere next Monday, September 26.

Valeria arrives to Phoenix from Telemundo affiliate WZDC in Washington D.C., where she was a video journalist and producer for the past two years. She previously worked as a VJ at KGBT, the CBS affiliate in McAllen, Texas.

This is Arlety’s first job out of college. She previously interned as a VJ and reporter for Univision Dallas.

Paola Morales and Jimena González.

Paola Morales and Jimena González will co-anchor the new 4 pm newscast.

Juan joins Telemundo Phoenix after working as a Weather Anchor and meteorologist at Telecubanacan, a regional information center in Cuba for the past two years.

Paola and Jimena are recent additions to the Telemundo team. Paola came aboard as an MMJ in March of this year. Jimena was named anchor in June, after Rebekah Diaz was promoted to network correspondent.

The new afternoon newscast will also be simulcast on KHRR Telemundo Tucson.

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Telemundo’s KTLM and WSNS name new 4 pm anchors

Telemundo’s KTLM and WSNS name new 4 pm anchors

Dalila Garza, Carlos Sanchez, Anabel Monge and Alfonso Gutierrez

From L to R: Dalila Garza, Carlos Sánchez, Anabel Monge and Alfonso Gutiérrez.

KTLM Telemundo 40 Rio Grande Valley has promoted Carlos Sánchez to co-anchor for the station’s new 4 pm weekday newscast, which launches next Monday, September 26. He’ll be sharing the anchor desk with Dalila Garza.

Carlos was hired as an MMJ in July from Telemundo El Paso, where he was a reporter for the last two years. He previously worked at Mexico’s Canal 44, El Canal de Noticias in Ciudad Juárez.

Dalila has been an anchor for Noticias Telemundo 40 for the past 17 years.

In Chicago, Anabel Monge and Alfonso Gutiérrez will co-anchor Noticiero Telemundo Chicago a las 4 pm. Both currently co-anchor the station’s 4:30, 5 and 10 pm weekday newscasts.

Anabel joined WSNS in October of 2014 from Univision 41 in San Antonio, where she worked as an anchor and reporter for six years.

Alfonso has been with Telemundo Chicago since 2003, starting his broadcast career at the station as an intern, working his way up to lead news anchor in 2012.

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Univision renames Gawker Media, hires Narisetti as its CEO

Univision renames Gawker Media, hires Narisetti as its CEO

Raju NarisettiUnivision has decided to change the name of Gawker Media to Gizmodo Media Group (GMG) and has hired Raju Narisetti to run all the unit’s sites as its Chief Executive Officer.

Narisetti, currently SVP of Strategy for News Corp., will join the company at the end of October.

Based at GMG headquarters in New York, Narisetti will report to Isaac Lee, Univision’s Digital News Chief and Entertainment Officer and Felipe Holguín, President and Chief Operating Officer of Fusion Media Group (FMG).

The GMG sites, which include Gizmodo, Jalopnik, Jezebel, Deadspin, Lifehacker, and Kotaku, will be a unit with the FMG.

Narisetti was previously Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. He was Managing Editor of The Washington Post from 2009 to 2012, overseeing digital journalism products, as well as managing editing, design, photo, video, engagement and social media teams. Before that, he was Founder & Editor of India’s Mint newspaper (www.livemint.com).

You can read more about how Univision is using the Gizmodo Media Group content for Univision.com in my Forbes story.

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Díaz and González to anchor 4 pm; Zapata named weekend anchor at KXTX

Díaz and González to anchor 4 pm; Zapata named weekend anchor at KXTX

Ramon Diaz, Teresa Gonzalez, Carlos Zapata

From L to R: Ramón Díaz, Teresa González, Carlos Zapata

KXTX Telemundo Dallas is playing musical chairs with its talent for the upcoming launch of the station’s new half-hour weekday 4 pm newscast.

Starting September 26, longtime sportscaster Ramón Díaz will be moved to the news anchor desk with Teresa González, who leaves weekends to co-anchor the new half hour newscast Monday through Friday.

Carlos Zapata, who has been working as a video journalist for KXTX since 2013, takes over as weekend anchor.

Prior to joining Telemundo Dallas, Carlos worked as a news anchor and producer at WUVF Univision Fort Myers-Naples from 2012 to 2013 and WANA Azteca America in Fort Myers-Naples from 2005 to 2013.

Teresa, who has been anchoring weekends at since shortly after joining KXTX in 2014, was previously news and weather anchor at Univision affiliate KUNS in Seattle, where she worked since 2010.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Ramon joined Telemundo Dallas 10 years ago. Until his new appointment, he worked as a sports director and anchor for the station’s weekday newscasts.

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Anchor says she was fired for reporting sexual harassment; sues Estrella TV & Andrés Angulo

Anchor says she was fired for reporting sexual harassment; sues Estrella TV & Andrés Angulo

Estrella TV-Andres Angulo sexual harassment suit

Estrella TV parent company LBI Media Inc., Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. and Andrés Angulo are being sued by a former anchor who claims she was fired for reporting sexual harassment.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the anchor is suing for wrongful termination, sexual harassment and breach of contract.

The lawsuit lists the plaintiff as Jane Doe. But all the information listed in the document indicates the anchor in question is Adriana Ruggiero, who was hired in 2013 and was national anchor until April of this year.

A source has confirmed Ruggiero is Jane Doe.Adriana Ruggiero

Media Moves obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Ruggiero claims Andrés Angulo, Estrella TV’s Vice President of News, told her the company’s owner Lenard Liberman thought she didn’t look sexy enough to be promoted to national newscast anchor.

Angulo allegedly told Ruggiero she had “a beautiful pair of tits and should show them more.”

In the complaint, Ruggiero says she met with LBI’s general counsel and the VP of Human Resources, and suggested the company should investigate Angulo’s treatment of all the women at the station.

She claims she was terminated on April 20, 2016 due to her sexual harassment complaint.

Andres Angulo

Andrés Angulo, VP of News of Estrella TV.

Her last day on the air was April 29.

The lawsuit seeks past and future lost wages, “general damages for mental pain and anguish and emotional distress,” as well as punitive damages to punish LBI for wrongful conduct and “deter such conduct in the future.”

An LBI company spokesman would not address the lawsuit and accusations of sexual harassment. “Per company policy, we don’t comment on pending litigation.”

You can read a much more in-depth account of the accusations listed in the complaint in my story on Forbes.

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Ospina resigns from Telemundo Houston

Ospina resigns from Telemundo Houston

Andrea_OspinaLess than five months after taking over as Assistant News Director at KTMD Telemundo Houston, Andrea Ospina has handed in her resignation.

A company spokesperson confirms her last day is September 30.

Her leaving the station is one more in a series of departures that include the exit of Executive Producer Carlos Tamez and producer William Negrón, who moved on to other positions earlier this year.

A source says Andrea is heading to Los Angeles to work for Estrella TV, but she has not responded to a request for comment. No word yet from Estrella TV.

Prior to her move to Houston, Andrea was News Director at KTAZ Telemundo Arizona for five years. She joined KTAZ in January 2010 as line producer for the station’s re-launch of the 5 and 10 pm local newscasts. Before moving to Phoenix, she produced the Arizona newscast from the now defunct Telemundo Production Center (TPC) in Dallas. She previously worked as line producer at Univision Dallas and “Primer Impacto” in Miami.

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KDEN names Rausseo and Padilla anchors of new 4 pm newscast

KDEN names Rausseo and Padilla anchors of new 4 pm newscast

Carlos Rausseo and Pamela PadillaKDEN Telemundo Denver is expanding the responsibilities of its local news anchors.

The station announced it has tapped Carlos Rausseo and Pamela Padilla to co-anchor Noticiero Telemundo Denver a las 4 PM, which launches next Monday, September 26.

Carlos and Pamela currently anchor the station’s 4:30, 5 and 10 pm weekday newscasts.

Pamela joined Telemundo Denver as an MMJ in February of 2015 and was promoted to weekday anchor in November. She previously spent two years as a web editor at KXTX Telemundo 39.

Carlos arrived to Telemundo Denver from rival Noticias Univision Colorado in 2011 as a video-journalist, producer and back-up anchor. He was promoted to sports anchor in 2014 and was named primetime anchor earlier this year.

Telemundo Denver is one of 14 Telemundo-owned stations adding a new 30 minute newscast.

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Fusion promotes Wides-Muñoz to VP Special Projects & Editorial Strategy

Fusion promotes Wides-Muñoz to VP Special Projects & Editorial Strategy

Laura Wides MuñozLaura Wides-Muñoz, who joined Fusion from the Associated Press in January 2015 as Director of News Practices, has been promoted to a broader role in the company.

In her new role as VP for Special Projects and Editorial Strategy, she’ll be leading several initiatives for Fusion and the Fusion Media Group, including working with the RiseUp social impact team and Lightworks branded team on partnerships that complement the team’s editorial work.

Last year, Laura guided editorial efforts for the 19 Million Project, an initiative that sought to raise awareness about the global migration crisis.

Fusion has hired former Washington Post editors Tom Shroder and Lynn Medford to take over Laura’s duties. Both will be responsible for editorial standards on all Fusion platforms.

They will work out of Washington, D.C.

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