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Zavala leaves KPRC

Zavala leaves KPRC

Courtney ZavalaToday was Courtney’s last day as weekend morning anchor at KPRC, the NBC affiliate in Houston. She has been an anchor/reporter with the station for almost 12 years.

Her contract was up for renewal, but despite the station’s offer to extend her stay, she decided to to leave to spend time with her husband and two small sons.

“It’s time for me to bow out gracefully and go out the way I want to go out instead of them telling me it’s time to leave,” she told Texas media blogger Mike McGuff. “I feel like I missed so much of my family life, that I’m just ready to be present.”

Courtney, who anchored Saturday and Sunday morning newscasts from 6 to 8 am, has been waking up at 2 am five days a week for the past 9 years, but the hours were apparently taking a toll on her family.

Before KPRC, Courtney spent 5 years at KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City as a fill-in anchor/reporter. She previously worked at KMID in Midland, Texas, where she started her broadcast career as a general assignment editor in 1996 and worked her way up to weekend anchor.

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Obama’s speech bumps up 8 pm ratings for Univision and Telemundo

Obama’s speech bumps up 8 pm ratings for Univision and Telemundo

Accion_Ejecutiva-verticalPresident Obama’s executive action on immigration speech attracted almost 7 million viewers on Univision and Telemundo combined.

According to Nielsen, Univision had 5.055 million total viewers (ages 2+) while Telemundo had 1.8 million. Both saw an increase from the night before in the same timeslot.

Univision had a 49% bump from 3.418 million total viewers and Telemundo had a 38% jump from 1.305 million on Wednesday at 8 pm.

The speech forced Univision to delay airing its Latin Grammy Awards special. After wrapping up coverage of the speech, the network had a drop in viewers at 8:30 pm, averaging 4.799 million.

Telemundo also experienced a slight drop at 8:30 to 1.791 million, losing just 9,000 viewers.

 

 

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Carey Peña out at KTVK

Carey Peña out at KTVK

Carey PeñaUnable to reach a contract agreement with management, KTVK anchor Carey Peña is leaving the Meredith Corporation-owned independent Phoenix station.

Her last day is Wednesday, November 26.

Carey, who is currently co-anchor of “Good Evening Arizona” at 9 and 10 pm and host of “Politics Unplugged,” has worked at the KTVK for the past 16 years.

She broke the news to her followers on Facebook on Wednesday night.

“I have some news. I am leaving 3TV. After many positive discussions with management, we were not able to reach an agreement on contract terms and so, the time has come to move on….3TV is the Independent station with a fighting spirit and deep dedication to the community. I could not have asked for a better place to work — alongside people I love and respect.”

Carey also thanked her “loyal viewers who have, quite literally, watched me grow up.”

Carey, who is the mother of 4-year old twins, says that for the first time in many years she looks “forward to taking a break and spending the holidays with my family. After that, I’m excited to see what the future holds.”

Carey started her broadcast career at KTVK in 1998 as a features reporter and writer. Two years later, she became a news reporter and worked her way up to anchor in 2008. She was promoted to prime time anchor in 2011.

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Univision to launch Novelas Xpress on Hulu and UVideos

Univision to launch Novelas Xpress on Hulu and UVideos

Novelas XpressUnivision plans on squeezing a little more juice from its novelas. The company announced today it will repackage 17 of its most popular months-long novelas into shorter versions and calling the effort Novelas Xpress.

The “concentrated” novelas will be 15 hours in total length or less and be available via desktop as well as mobile.

Among the novelas that will be “xpressed” are Amores Verdaderos, El Triunfo del Amor, La Madrastra and Rosa Salvaje. Eight Novelas Xpress will only be available on UVideos, and nine through a partnership with Hulu. Univision has worked with Hulu since 2011.

Univision is looking to capitalize on Hispanics’ digital media consumption by making available more short-form video content, particularly for mobile.

According to a recent report by Nielsen, Hispanics are consuming digital media at an exceptional rate, boasting the highest engagement and time spent interacting online and, more specifically, with their mobile devices:

  • Hispanics are spending 13% more time than the overall population using an App or browsing on their smartphone every month
  • Hispanics are spending 39% more time than the overall population watching video on their smartphone every month
  • Hispanics spend 11+ hours each month watching digital video

According to the company, Univision’s Digital growth is driven by mobile consumption; Univision had 31 million mobile visits in October 2014 and Univision’s mobile reach has grown 124% since October 2013. The majority of Univision Digital’s audience only uses a mobile device to access content (76%).

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Telemundo anchors sent to DC to cover Obama’s executive action

Telemundo anchors sent to DC to cover Obama’s executive action

Jose Diaz-Balart and Maria Celeste Arraras“Noticiero Telemundo” anchors José Díaz-Balart and María Celeste Arrarás will be in Washington, D.C. to lead the network’s coverage of President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration.

Telemundo will broadcast Obama’s speech to the nation live from Washington, D.C. tomorrow, November 20 at 8 pm ET/7 pm CT/5 pm PT, followed by expert analysis and commentary of the impact the president’s decision to take executive action.

The 6:30 pm network news will also be broadcast from Washington, DC.

The network, which doesn’t have a late night national newscast, will also air a special Noticias Telemundo program at 11:30 pm ET/10:30 pm CT and 11:30 pm PT with a summary of the president’s announcement and in-depth analysis.

Coverage of the president’s action on immigration will continue during regular broadcasts of the network’s news programs and informative segments, including morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste” and “Noticiero Telemundo.”

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DeSimone named General Manager of WMSN

DeSimone named General Manager of WMSN

John DeSimoneSinclair Broadcast Group has hired John DeSimone as General Manager of WMSN, its Fox affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.

DeSimone was most recently VP and General Manager of National Sales for Azteca América in New York from 2011 to 2013.

He previously spent 4 years as VP and Director of Sales for Univision’s WXTV-41 in New York. From 2002 to 2005, he was VP of National Sales at Univision. Before that, he was Director, Business Development at Telemundo’s WNJU in New York.

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Azteca America makes 4 new executive hires

Azteca America makes 4 new executive hires

Gary Pacheco, Erin Cook and Joe Jaime

From L to R: Gary Pacheco, Erin Cook and Joe Jaime are 3 of the 4 new Azteca América hires.

Azteca América has hired four executives to bolster its management and sales teams.

Gary Pacheco joins the network as Station Manager of WMBC-Azteca New York. Erin Cook joins as Vice President of Network and National Spot Sales in Dallas. Joe Jaime joins the Chicago office as Vice President of Network and Spot Sales – Midwest and Thomas Andre joins as an Account Manager in the Glendale, Calif. office.

Gary Pacheco, most recently a sales and marketing consultant, was General Sales Manager for Univision Radio’s NY Cluster of Stations from 2003 to 2010. He was previously General Sales Manager at Radio Unica in New York from 1999 to 2003.

Erin Cook’s most current role was Account Executive for Liberman Broadcasting, supervising network sales, as well as national spot TV and radio for the Dallas office. She previously worked for KAZD, under UVM broadcasting’s ownership, where she served as the Director of Sales for its 27 television properties.

Prior to joining Azteca América, Joe Jaime was National Sales Manager at WFLD/WPWR – The FOX duopoly in Chicago. Before that, he was National Sales Manager and Local Sales Manager at KXTX – Telemundo in Dallas. Joe was previously Account Manager – National Sales for NBC/Telemundo in Dallas and Account Executive at WSNS – Telemundo Chicago.

Thomas Andre has eight years of ad sales experience across mobile, digital, TV and live events at companies like Sony Pictures, Turner Broadcasting, and MobileFuse.

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Arana joins Telemundo Chicago as sports anchor

Arana joins Telemundo Chicago as sports anchor

Rodrigo AranaRodrigo Arana is leaving Mexico City for the Windy City. He has been named sports anchor for Noticiero Telemundo Chicago at 5 and 10 pm. He starts the new job December 8.

Rodrigo replaces Oscar Guzmán, who left the sports anchor seat in February.

For the past 8 years, Rodrigo has worked as a reporter, news editor and weekday sports anchor for Fox Sports Latin America in Mexico City.

His last day at Fox Sports is Sunday, November 23.

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Gazzolo named President of Viacom’s America division

Gazzolo named President of Viacom’s America division

Pierluigi GazzoloPierluigi Gazzolo has been promoted to President of the Americas division of Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), responsible for its operations across Latin America, Canada and the US Hispanic market (Tr3s).

He’ll be moving from New York to be based in Miami and report to VIMN President and CEO, Bob Bakish.

Gazzolo has been acting as interim Managing Director for VIMN Americas since July, in addition to his role as Chief Operating Officer (COO) of VIMN.

In his new role, Gazzolo will lead one of VIMN’s most important business divisions, spanning operations in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Canada and US Hispanic (Tr3s). He’ll oversee the ongoing expansion of VIMN’s portfolio of TV channels, as well as increased investment in original local productions for MTV, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central branded networks.

In addition, Gazzolo will retain his role as the Nickelodeon brand lead for all markets outside of the U.S., with its centralized Programming, Marketing, Creative, Consumer Products and International Program Sales teams continuing to report to him.

Gazzolo was most recently VIMN’s Chief Operating Officer since January 2011, in charge of VIMN’s strategic services across the company’s multiplatform operations outside the U.S., including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, BET, Paramount Channel, VH1 and VIVA, as well as Viacom’s U.S. Hispanic service Tr3s.

He previously spent two years as COO of MTV Networks International (MTVNI). Before that, he was President of MTV Networks Latin America (MTVNLA).

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Díaz named Senior Editor at CIR

Díaz named Senior Editor at CIR

Fernando DiazTomorrow is Fernando Díaz’s last day as Managing Editor of Spanish-language daily Hoy Chicago and online pub vivelohoy.com, after more than 4 years with the company.

Fernando will be moving from Chicago to the San Francisco Bay Area to start a new a job as Senior Editor at the Center for Investigative Reporting. His first day at CIR is December 8.

“CIR is a dream job and I wouldn’t have landed it without the experience at Hoy,” Fernando tells Media Moves. “While at Hoy we hired the paper’s first investigative editor, transitioned the staff from the legacy CMS to digital-first workflow with WordPress, grew the site to an average 1 million pageviews per month, hired its first two multimedia producers, won half a dozen SND’s for print design, an IRE Award and had several members of our staff selected for fellowships, including IJJ, Dennis Hunt and a Fulbright. We also successfully launched a local newscast in partnership with MundoFox.

Prior to joining Hoy in March 2010, Fernando helped launch ChicagoNow, where he was Community Manager, News and Opinion, in charge of news and opinion blogs for the Chicago Tribune Media Group.

He was previously an investigative reporter covering government, politics and immigration for the Chicago Reporter.

He also worked as a reporter for The Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York, and the Daily Herald in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

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The Daily Rundown With José Díaz-Balart debuts on MSNBC

The Daily Rundown With José Díaz-Balart debuts on MSNBC

Jose Diaz BalartJosé Díaz Balart is expanding his role at MSNBC with a new morning show. “The Daily Rundown With José Díaz Balart” premieres next Monday, November 17 from 9 to 11 am.

He takes over “The Daily Rundown” from Chuck Todd, who left to host “Meet the Press.” Since its inception in 2010, the show was just one hour long.

MSNBC opted to expand the length of the show to 2 hours and give José the starring role, adding an hour to his schedule. He has been anchoring the 10 am time slot at MSNBC since June of this year.

José will be anchoring the show from Miami, because he will continue his duties as anchor for Telemundo Network news and host of  “Enfoque,” the network’s weekly public affairs show.

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Flores leaves LA Times for Buzzfeed

Flores leaves LA Times for Buzzfeed

Adolfo FloresToday is Adolfo Flores’ last day as a reporter for the Los Angeles Times. He starts a new job as Latino issues reporter for BuzzFeed News next Monday, November 17. He’ll be based in Los Angeles.

“I decided to make the move from the L.A. Times to Buzzfeed because it was an exciting opportunity to write about a topic that interests me,” Adolfo tells Media Moves. ” I was able to cover a variety of stories at the L.A. Times and grew a lot as a reporter and writer. Buzzfeed seems like a good next step for me, a chance to pickup some new skills and work with an enthusiastic team.”

Adolfo had been with the LAT for the past two years, most recently covering Orange County. He was previously a reporter for the Pasadena Sun and the Pasadena Star News.

 

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