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Calderón to leave Denver to lead Telemundo’s San Diego newsroom

Calderón to leave Denver to lead Telemundo’s San Diego newsroom

Pedro CalderonTelemundo Denver News Director Pedro Calderón is leaving KDEN to lead the company’s news operations in San Diego, expected to launch around June.

A company spokesperson refused to comment on the move or give details about the San Diego station launch, but inside sources confirm Calderón’s next assignment is the Telemundo O&O that will be housed at KNSD, where he’ll report to NBC 7’s VP of News Greg Dawson.

Telemundo has already listed a job posting for news director in Denver.

Calderón has been news director at KDEN since November of 2013.

This would mark a return to San Diego for Calderón, who worked as an anchor/producer of the Entravision-owned Univision station in the city from 2011 to 2013.

Entravision also owned the Telemundo affiliate in San Diego for over 20 years. Telemundo opted to not renew the affiliate deal with Entravision to launch its own news operations in San Diego.

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Univision will get $376 million in FCC spectrum auction; sees higher 4Q earnings

Univision will get $376 million in FCC spectrum auction; sees higher 4Q earnings

Univision logoUnivision’s piece of the the FCC spectrum auction pie will be about $376 million, President and CEO Randy Falco announced today during the company’s earnings call wrapping up 2016.

Univision reported higher fourth-quarter earnings and full year revenue growth.

Falco celebrated “strong financial results” with last year’s “revenue crossing the $3 billion threshold for the first time ever,” making the company “well positioned for continued growth in 2017.”

Univision stated it generated nearly $219 million in net income and reduced net debt by $400 million. Falco said Univision will use the spectrum proceeds to continue to pay down debt.

Total revenue for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 increased 15% to $846.5 million compared to $735.9 million for the same period in 2015.

Total revenue for the full year ended December 31, 2016, increased 6.4% to $3,042.0 million compared to $2,858.4 million for the same period in 2015.

During the call, Falco also addressed the network’s programming strategy, pointing out to the strengthened relationship with Televisa and Isaac Lee’s new appointment, now overseeing content across Univision and Televisa.

Univision experienced a major setback in prime time ratings in 2016, with many of its Televisa telenovelas underperforming among adults 18-49 against Telemundo’s super series.

Falco emphasized the company’s commitment to invest in non-Televisa content. Starting in 2017, Univision will begin airing content in prime time from its W Studios partnership with Patricio Wills and launch the Story House-Netflix original “El Chapo” miniseries.

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CNN en Español offers YouTube livestream After Venezuela bans signal

CNN en Español offers YouTube livestream After Venezuela bans signal

CNN Espanol en vivo censura VenezuelaCNN en Español has turned to YouTube to continue offering its news programming after the Venezuelan government yesterday ordered cable providers to block the network.

According to CNN, Venezuela banned the Spanish-language cable network days after it aired an investigation into the alleged fraudulent issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas.

CNN and CNN en Español teamed up in a year-long joint investigation that led to the special report “Passports in the Shadows,” which the networks say uncovered serious irregularities in the issuing of Venezuelan passports and visas, including allegations that from 2008 to 2012, 173 individuals from the Middle East were issued Venezuelan passports and IDs – some of them connected to the terrorist group Hezbollah.

Venezuelan government officials refused to answer any questions about the allegations, insisting they are lies and that the report threatened “the peace and democratic stability” of the country.

In a statement, the Spanish-language news cable network said it wouldn’t back down from censorship:

“CNN en Español will continue to fulfill its responsibility to the Venezuelan public by offering our live signal on YouTube free of charge and news links on CNNEspanol.com, so they may have access to information not available to them in any other way.”

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Nuñez leaves ESPN to join Telemundo

Nuñez leaves ESPN to join Telemundo

Gabriela NunezGabriela Nuñez, who has been Manager of Communications for ESPN International and ESPN Deportes for the past 7 years, is leaving the company.

Her last day is this Friday, February 17.

She’s moving to Telemundo, where she’ll be Director of Sports Publicity – just as the network ramps up its coverage for World Cup 2018.

She starts her new role on February 27.

Headquartered in New York City during most of her time at ESPN, Nuñez recently relocated to Miami, where she’ll also be based for Telemundo.

Prior to ESPN, she was a senior account executive for Conexión PR in Los Angeles.

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Telemundo Phoenix hires Brito as MMJ

Telemundo Phoenix hires Brito as MMJ

Brenda BritoBrenda Brito has joined KTAZ Telemundo Phoenix as a Multimedia Journalist. She’ll be reporting weekdays and weekends for Noticiero Telemundo Arizona.

She makes her on-air debut on Monday, February 20.

Brito was most recently an MMJ for the Telemundo Station Group’s Miami bureau, where she produced and reported stories for Telemundo stations across the country since October 2016.

She previously worked for Univision as a newsroom assistant and also held various news anchor and executive producer positions for WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM in Gainesville, Florida.

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Univision to live stream Liga MX games on Facebook

Univision to live stream Liga MX games on Facebook

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Univision will live stream 46 Liga MX games on Facebook to attract new English-language audiences. (Photo: Univision)

Univision has struck a deal with Facebook to live stream select matches of its Liga MX portfolio directly to U.S. fans in English on the social media platform.

The partnership kicks off Saturday, February 18 and continues throughout 2017. Fans will be able stream Liga MX matches in the U.S. in real-time on the Univision Deportes Facebook Page and via Facebook’s Video tab.

Univision Deportes will stream 46 Liga MX matches including playoff games in 2017 via Facebook Live. Further terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Univision carries the rights to 17 of the 18 teams in the Liga MX soccer league.

The deal broadens the scope of Univision’s sports coverage in English, giving it the opportunity to expand the audience for its soccer programming.

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AP Bureau Chief Anthony Marquez dies at 55

AP Bureau Chief Anthony Marquez dies at 55

Anthony MarquezAnthony Marquez, Los Angeles bureau chief for the Associated Press for the past 13 years, has died. He was 55.

He succumbed to cancer last Thursday, February 9.

An AP story about his passing describes him as compassionate, with a great passion for news and very highly regarded in the industry: “Unfailingly courteous and with a disarmingly quick wit, Marquez was that rare boss and executive who seemed to have no enemies. Those who spoke highly of him included not only the reporters, photographers and others he hired but the many editors and news directors whose newspapers, websites, and TV and radio stations received news from the AP.”

Marquez, who graduated from Fresno State in 1985 and earned a master’s from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, started his journalism career as an intern at AP’s Minneapolis bureau. He eventually got hired as a reporter in 1986 and worked his way up the ranks to become Contra Costa Times Bureau Chief and Assistant City Editor.

He took an 8-year break from the news agency to work in newspapers, working as Managing Editor for the West County Times and Bay Area editor for the San Jose Mercury News, before returning to the AP as Assistant Bureau Chief in San Francisco. He moved to L.A. in 2003.

He is survived by his wife Maureen and their three children, Paul, 24; Aaron, 22; and Francesca, 18.

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Univision cancels gossip show “Sal y Pimienta”

Univision cancels gossip show “Sal y Pimienta”

Sal y PimientaUnivision has decided to pull the plug on its Sunday gossip show “Sal y Pimienta” after a 6-year run.

Media Moves has confirmed the final show will air tomorrow, Sunday, February 12 at 7 pm.

Launched in January of 2011 at 10 pm with hosts Lourdes Stephen and Rodner Figueroa as a vehicle to chat up the network’s Sunday reality shows, “Sal y Pimienta” has had a series of issues in recent years that may have led to a decline in ratings and ultimately, its cancellation.

Figueroa was fired in 2015 after racist comments he made about Michelle Obama. Univision replaced him with Carlos Calderón and Jomari Goyso weeks later.

The show was recently moved from its 10 pm slot to 7 pm, causing a bigger dip in its ratings.

According to an inside source, Univision plans to replace the show at 7 pm with a program produced by the news department tackling immigration news and issues under the Trump administration.

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