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Gartner named Fusion SVP and Chief Strategy Officer

Gartner named Fusion SVP and Chief Strategy Officer

Boris GartnerBoris Gartner is moving to a new job within the Univision family. He has been named SVP and Chief Strategy Officer for Fusion.

In his new role, he’ll be working on company-wide strategy, partnerships, and business development for the English-language cable network, focusing on growing the reach and impact of Fusion’s content offerings in the digital space.

Gartner was most recently Vice President and General Manager, La Fabrica UCI, Univision’s in-house digital studio.

He joined Univision in 2011 as Director, Strategy and Operations – News.

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Puerto Rico’s WAPA launches U.S. newscast

Puerto Rico’s WAPA launches U.S. newscast

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Pedro Rosa Nales and Monika Candelaria will co-anchor the newscast, which debuts October 27.

Just days after Univision Puerto Rico shut down its news operations, WAPA Televisión announced it’s launching a new Spanish-language primetime newscast produced specifically for the U.S. market.

“Noticentro América,” debuts next Monday, October 27. The one-hour newscast will air live on WAPA’s U.S. sister cable network, WAPA América, Monday-Friday at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

Puerto Rican journalists Pedro Rosa Nales and Monika Candelaria, currently on-air news personalities for WAPA Televisión’s newscasts, will co-anchor the newscast, which will feature reporting from Guillermo José Torres Jr. and sports updates from Kefren Velázquez. Meteorologist Deborah Martorell will present weather updates for key U.S. cities.

A company spokeswoman says that in addition to making use of the current WAPA Televisión staff, they’ve hired new production resources to work on the show.

Enrique Cruz, Vice President and News Director of WAPA Televisión, will oversee the show’s production. Renato Rivera will serve as Executive Producer and Griselle Sierra as Producer.

“Puerto Ricans are the second-largest Hispanic group in the U.S., and this is the first news program produced in Puerto Rico tailored for U.S. viewers,” said Alan J. Sokol, President of Hemisphere Media Group, WAPA’s parent company.

Launched in the U.S. in 2004, WAPA América is the U.S. cable network affiliated with Puerto Rico’s WAPA Television and is a subsidiary of Hemisphere Media Group, Inc. It’s distributed nationwide by all major cable, satellite and telco providers.

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García promoted to SBS Radio Revenue Chief

García promoted to SBS Radio Revenue Chief

Eric GarciaSBS has promoted Eric Garcia from VP Sales of WSKQ-Mega 97.9 FM and WPAT-Amor 93.1 FM to Revenue Chief and General Manager of its radio division in New York. He’ll be reporting to Albert Rodriguez, COO of Spanish Broadcasting System.

García will be responsible for the management and oversight of SBS’ local and national radio division, event sponsorships, station operating income, and growing the revenue in all of the radio divisions. He’ll also continue to manage SBS New York radio station operations as its General Manager.

García has been with SBS since 2004. He started his radio career at Radio Sales at McGavren Guild Media.

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NY1 Noticias launches immigration segment

NY1 Noticias launches immigration segment

Nelson A. Castillo abogado a tu ladoTime Warner Cable’s NY1 Noticias is expanding its public service content. Starting today, the 24-hour Spanish-language local news network launches a biweekly news segment called “El Abogado a Tu Lado” (“Attorney on Your Side”) that aims to bring its audience the latest immigration news.

The “El Abogado a Tu Lado” news segment will feature attorney Nelson A. Castillo, who in addition to providing information on immigration related issues, will answer viewer questions submitted online and via NY1 Noticias’ Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Castillo is an author, television commentator and columnist for impreMedia. The segment will air every Tuesday and Thursday during NY1 Noticias newscasts.

“Our objective is to bring relevant content to our audience,” explains Roberto Lacayo, NY1 Noticias’ Executive Editor about why the network decided to launch the new segment.

“These are very confusing times for immigrants in the US. We hope to shed light on the complex issues and provide a platform where our audience can interact with an immigration expert for guidance.”

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Univision partners with Warner Music

Univision partners with Warner Music

Univision_Warner verticalUnivision Network and Warner Music announced they’re collaborating to give a recording deal to the winner of the TV network’s reality show “Va Por Ti.”

Univision launched “Va Por Ti” on September 7th and airs on Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT. It reached 5.8 million viewers on its premiere night. The winner of the competition will be announced December 7th during the show’s finale.

“Va Por Ti” is a Televisa and Univision co-production.

The winner of “Va Por Ti” will join a roster of Warner artists that includes, among others, Coldplay, David Guetta, Bruno Mars, Laura Pausini, Luis Miguel and Maná.

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Del Rincón returns to CNNE

Del Rincón returns to CNNE

Fernando del RinconIt looks like anchor Fernando del Rincón was able to renegotiate his contract at CNN en Español.

After a month off the air, he returns to hosting his 10 pm show “Conclusiones” starting tonight.

Fernando disappeared abruptly from CNNE on September 17.

CNNE didn’t send out any alerts, but confirmed to Media Moves the anchor’s return to the network.

Fernando today  also shared the news with fans via Twitter.

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González out in restructuring of Univision PR

González out in restructuring of Univision PR

Malule GonzalezMalule González, who was VP and Station Manager of Univision Puerto Rico since January of 2012, will be departing the company effective this Thursday, October 23.

Her exit comes amidst drastic cuts and restructuring at WLII Channel 11, which left about 100 people without a job when Univision announced it would shut down its news, production and promotions departments last Friday. As part of the reorganization, Jaime Bauzá was named SVP and General Manager of the Univision’s TV and radio cluster in the island.

Prior to joining Univision Puerto Rico, Malule was General Manager of CV 24.

The former Executive Producer of “Sevec” previously spent 20 years working in different capacities in Telemundo and Univision.

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Radio DJ Hugo Cadelago dies in NY hospital

Radio DJ Hugo Cadelago dies in NY hospital

Hugo CadelagoHugo “El Gordo” Cadelago passed away late last night at a New York hospital. According to a source, he succumbed to cancer.

A work colleague says Hugo was still on the air last week on his morning show “La Invasión Mañanera,” which airs on NY’s La Invasora 1600 AM, but was admitted to a hospital last weekend.

“Hugo always gave the best of himself. He gave 100% to what he was passionate about, which was his radio career,” says Javier Clorio, Sales Manager at La Invasora 1600. “He was always direct. His honesty and good humor won him the love of his audience and respect from his colleagues. Access One Communications, La Invasora 1600 and Super Radio Latino mourn the loss of this icon of Hispanic radio in the United States.”

Originally from Mendoza, Argentina, Hugo made a career in radio in the United States.

He started out on KEYH radio 85 in Houston in 1979. He also worked at KLAT La Tremenda and founded KXYZ Radio 13, both in Houston.

During his lengthy radio career, he worked at KTNQ 1020 am in Los Angeles and had a national show on Radio Unica from 2000 to 2006, until the network’s demise.

Before starting his show on La Invasora 1600 in January of this year, he was a morning show host for SBS’ AMOR 93.1 radio in NY.

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Bauzá named SVP/GM at Univision Puerto Rico amidst restructuring

Bauzá named SVP/GM at Univision Puerto Rico amidst restructuring

Jaime BauzaAs part of Univision Puerto Rico’s executive leadership and programming changes to Univision Canal 11, Jaime Bauzá has been promoted to the new position of SVP and General Manager.

In this role, he’ll oversee Univision Puerto Rico which includes Univision Canal 11 and its second broadcast station in Puerto Rico, Tele Isla Canal 7, as well as radio properties WKAQ-580 (WKAQ-AM & WYEL-AM), KQ105 (WUKQ-FM) and (WUKW-FM) and Univision’s digital assets on the island.

Bauzá joined Univision’s radio team in 2008. Prior to Univision, he oversaw the development of a centralized business model for operations, sales, traffic, accounting and services for The San Juan Star Media Network.

He was previously the General Manager of Borinquen Broadcasting Inc. Earlier in his career he held positions at Radius Media, UNO Radio Group and Radio Musical.

Among the changes: the roundtable discussion program “Rubén & Co.” expands to one-hour, Monday to Friday and moves to 5 pm.

Univision Puerto Rico also announced that Nelson Ruiz, executive producer for Univision Network, will be doing a request of proposals for programming created and produced in Puerto Rico to add to its lineup on Univision Canal 11 in 2015.

Local television newscasts have been cancelled. Univision Puerto Rico will only offer local news via its radio stations.

According to a company source, Univision will expand its coverage of Puerto Rico through its network programs including “Despierta América,” “Primer Impacto” and “Noticiero Univision.”

Local media in the island report 109 people will lose their jobs due to these changes, but a company source says it will impact 99 full time positions from programming and a consolidation of the management team.

 

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Breaking: Univision Puerto Rico eliminates newscasts in restructuring, lays off 100+

Breaking: Univision Puerto Rico eliminates newscasts in restructuring, lays off 100+

Univision Puerto Rico today announced it’s shutting down all of its departments, including news operations, effectively cancelling all local newscasts. That means 109 people are out of a job, according to the journalism union UPAGRA.

Laid off reporters went on social media to report that they’re out of a job and that Univision Canal 11 will now become a repeater station, airing Univision network programming.

An inside source confirmed the elimination of all local newscasts in Puerto Rico and that Univision is consolidating its local media divisions under one management team, similar to what it did in August during its nationwide management restructuring of the mainland stations.

This story is developing. More to come.

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