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KBLR adds Cervantes and Ruiz to news team

KBLR adds Cervantes and Ruiz to news team

Javier Cervantes - Harry Ruiz

Javier Cervantes (L) and Harry Ruiz.

KBLR Telemundo Las Vegas has hired Harry Ruiz as Sports Anchor and Javier Cervantes as a MultiMedia Journalist.

Both men have already started their new jobs on the station’s weekday newscasts.

Prior to joining Telemundo Las Vegas, Ruiz worked as the Sports Director for KINT Univision El Paso. He was also play-by-play radio announcer for the Spanish broadcasts of University of Texas at El Paso’s football and basketball teams. He started his television career as a Sports Anchor and Reporter for Televisa Laguna in Mexico.

Before moving to Las Vegas, Cervantes was a reporter at Telemundo Tampa WRMD-49. He also hosted his own radio show on Furia Mexicana Radio in Orlando.

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Aristizabal named VP of Sales and GSM at KRCA

Aristizabal named VP of Sales and GSM at KRCA

Liliana AristizabalLBI Media has appointed Liliana Aristizabal as Vice President of sales and General Sales Manager for its flagship Estrella TV station KRCA in Los Angeles.

In her new role, Aristizabal will be responsible for managing KRCA’s sales staff, growing the business, and strengthening client relationships for the station, as well as managing the day-to-day sales operations of the station.

She’ll report directly to LBI Media COO Winter Horton.

Aristizabal replaces Jim Baral, who left the position at the end of 2016 after three years with the company.

Before LBI, she worked 17 years at Telemundo, spending the last nine years in sales management. While at Telemundo, she worked as a National Sales Manager and VP of Sales at WNJU Channel 47 in New York and as a Local Sales Manager at WSCV Channel 51 in Miami.

Prior to Telemundo, Aristizabal was Director of National Sales for ZGS Communications.

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Rodríguez named President and GM of WTSP

Rodríguez named President and GM of WTSP

Mike RodriguezTEGNA has hired former Univision and Telemundo stations exec Mike Rodríguez as President and General Manager of its CBS affiliate WTSP in Tampa.

A consultant for the past several years, Rodríguez was VP and GM of Miami’s Univision 23 from 2012 to 2014.

He previously spent 10 years at Telemundo in multiple management roles, starting as VP and GM of Telemundo 51 in Miami from 2002 to 2007, before getting promoted to SVP of Telemundo Network Sales and Marketing.

In 2010, he moved on to a role as EVP, Development, Distribution and Broadcast Operations.

Rodríguez began his television career in sales at CBS Television.

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Anaridis Rodríguez joins WBZ as weekend morning anchor

Anaridis Rodríguez joins WBZ as weekend morning anchor

Anaridis RodriguezAnaridis Rodríguez has left The Weather Channel to join CBS Boston’s WBZ-TV as weekend morning anchor.

In addition to her anchor role, she’ll contribute to WBZ This Morning on weekday mornings. She starts the new job on Monday, April 3.

Rodríguez arrives to WBZ-TV from The Weather Channel in Atlanta, where she spent three years as a network correspondent and news anchor for the network’s flagship morning show, America’s Morning Headquarters.

Before that, she was a weekend anchor and reporter for NBC affiliate WWLP-TV in Springfield, MA.

Born in Santo Domingo, Rodríguez emigrated to Providence, Rhode Island at the age of 12.

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Univision Digital launches new web series

Univision Digital launches new web series

Clarisa MolinaUnivision Digital is cross-promoting its homegrown talent in the new web series called “3, 2, 1 Clarissa!”

The seven-part web series features Clarissa Molina, who was the 2016 winner of reality beauty competition “Nuestra Belleza Latina” and is currently social media host for entertainment news show “El Gordo y La Flaca.”

Univision’s idea is to give viewers “a look at the beauty queen’s journey to her new exciting career in entertainment news,” showcasing how she transitioned from reality show contestant to on-air personality.

Molina, who has competed in several beauty contests, represented the Dominican Republic at the Miss Universe 2015 pageant.

The web series premieres on Monday, March 27 on

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Univision exec Beau Ferrari named EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Univision exec Beau Ferrari named EVP of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises

Beau FerrariBeau Ferrari has left Univision to join rival Telemundo. He is now Executive Vice President of NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

Ferrari will continue to be based in Miami and report to César Conde, Chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises, whom he previously worked with at Univision.

In this role, Ferrari will oversee finance, operations, corporate strategy and development to manage growth and profitability for NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises.

He will also support the company’s business units, including the broadcast and cable networks, digital, sports division, news division, international distribution groups, and corporate functions, as well as partner across NBCUniversal’s platforms to identify new opportunities in the marketplace.

Ferrari, who was promoted last year to EVP Corporate Strategy and Development, held multiple senior leadership roles at Univision during his eight years with the company, including EVP of Operations, interim co-head of Univision Sports and Chief of Staff and special assistant to the CEO.

He was also the first CEO and General Manager of FUSION.

Prior to joining Univision, Ferrari was co-founder and partner at Royal Palm Capital Partners, a private equity investment and management firm.

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Portela joins Univision as Director of News Operations

Portela joins Univision as Director of News Operations

Christine Portela has left NBC and Telemundo to take on the position of Director of News Operations for the Univision Station Group, reporting to Chris Peña. She continues to be based in Miami.

She starts at Univision on Monday, March 20.

Although she is coming in with a different title, Portela essentially takes over the role left vacant by Sussy Ruiz, when she resigned in November of last year for a job as Assistant News Director at Telemundo Houston.

In her new role, she’ll work closely with Univision station local news directors and executive producers in the planning and execution of group-wide news gathering and production initiatives and will play a lead role in coverage of breaking news.

Prior to joining Univision, Portela was a Senior Producer for José Diaz Balart’s daily MSNBC show since 2014. When Balart’s cable news show was cancelled, Portela continued to work for the NBC Miami bureau, also working for Telemundo news.

With the exception of spending one year as a line producer at Fusion, Portela had mostly worked in multiple producer capacities for WTVJ 6, NBC’s O&O in Miami, since 2005.

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Sandra Thomas leaves KXTX for Telemundo network

Sandra Thomas leaves KXTX for Telemundo network

Sandra ThomasSandra Thomas, Vice President of News at KXTX Telemundo Dallas, is leaving the station for a new role within the company.

She is joining Telemundo network news in a yet to be disclosed managerial position, reporting directly to Luis Fernández, EVP of News.

Today is her last day and she is due to start her new network role the second week of April.

Before rejoining Telemundo in 2015, Thomas spent 17 years at Univision, first as News Director at Univision’s KDTV 14 and exiting the company as Senior Director of Local and Affiliate News in 2013.

She previously worked for Telemundo as KVEA 52’s News Director from 1994 to 1997.

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