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Adelante Media sells stations to DTV America

Adelante Media sells stations to DTV America

DTV America and Adelante Media GroupThe Sacramento-based Adelante Media Group has sold two of its MundoFox affiliate stations to DTV America Corp.

The stations are WBWT Channel 38 in Milwaukee and KBTU Channel 33 in Salt Lake City.

Adelante Media signed deals to turn the stations into MundoFox affiliates for the network’s launch in 2012.

DTV America, of Sunrise, Fla., paid $425,000 for both low-power stations.

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Martínez leaves WBBM for CBS Newspath

Martínez leaves WBBM for CBS Newspath

Chris MartinezChris Martínez, a general assignment reporter at WBBM-Channel 2, is leaving the CBS-owned station in Chicago to take a job as a Los Angeles-based correspondent for CBS Newspath.

Chris starts the new job on May 4.

Before joining WBBM in 2012, he was a reporter and news anchor at WFTS-TV, the ABC affiliate in Tampa.

He was previously a reporter and fill-in anchor for Central Florida News 13 in Orlando from 2000 to 2003.

Chris began his broadcast career in 1999 as an associate producer for CBS affiliate WCTV 6 in Tallahassee.

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Calderón and Goyso named co-hosts of "Sal y Pimienta"

Calderón and Goyso named co-hosts of “Sal y Pimienta”

Carlos Calderon and Jomari Goys

Carlos Calderón (L) and Jomari Goyso are the new co-hosts of “Sal y Pimienta.”

Any hopes Rodner Figueroa had to get reinstated as host and fashion commentator at Univision were quashed today.

Three weeks after Rodner was fired for saying on live television that First Lady Michelle Obama looked like a cast member from the “Planet of the Apes,” the network today announced Carlos Calderón and Jomari Goyso will replace him as the new hosts of the Sunday night entertainment gossip show “Sal y Pimienta.”

Rodner had co-hosted the show with Lourdes Stephen since its launch in September of 2010.

Carlos and Jomari take over the new role this Sunday, April 5. They’ll be joining Lourdes, who continues as co-host of the show.

Both men are already part of the Univision family. Carlos is a co-host of “El Gordo y la Flaca.” Jomari, the network’s image consultant, is a judge on “Nuestra Belleza Latina” and hosts a weekly segment called “A la Moda con Jomari” for “Primer Impacto.”

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Ana María Polo renews multi-year contract with Telemundo

Ana María Polo renews multi-year contract with Telemundo

Ana Maria PoloTelemundo’s courtroom star Ana María Polo has renewed her contract to continue hosting “Caso Cerrado.”

Telemundo announced the multi-year deal, but would not reveal the actual length of the contract.

Polo has had her TV show on Telemundo for 14 years. Starting out in 2001 as “Sala de Parejas,” it was renamed “Caso Cerrado con la Dra. Ana María Polo” in 2005.

Before getting her TV start, she was family law attorney in Miami for 20 years. Prior to getting her own show, she participated as an expert lawyer in various television programs, such as “El Show de María Laria,” “El Show de Cristina,” and “América en Vivo.”

There are currently three daily editions of Polo’s show on the air: “Lo Mejor de Caso Cerrado” at 3pm/2c, “Caso Cerrado” at 5pm/4c, and “Caso Cerrado Edición Estelar” at 7pm/6c, which can also be seen in over 21 countries throughout Latin America.

A bit of trivia: Polo composed and sings the show’s theme song.

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Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina Vega leaves NYT for CNN

Tanzina VegaAfter an 8-year run at the New York Times, Tanzina Vega is leaving the paper to join CNN Politics as a digital correspondent. She’ll continue to be based in New York.

She starts the new job on April 20.

In her new role, Tanzina will be covering the intersection of technology, politics and civil rights leading up to the 2016 presidential elections.

In a memo sent to staff, CNN Politics Executive Editor Rachel Smolkin described Tanzina’s role:

“She’ll look at innovative ways the 2016 campaigns are using technology, the evolution of micro targeting and new twists in voter registration. She’ll also mine the blending of technology and politics beyond the beltway, from grassroots movements to civil rights to hashtag activism on social media.”

Tanzina tweeted about the new job and thanked her colleagues at the NYT.

During her tenure at the NYT, Tanzina was a web producer, media reporter and national correspondent covering race issues. The paper moved her from that beat in January of this year to cover the Bronx court system as a metro reporter.

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WNUE-FM debuts new morning show

WNUE-FM debuts new morning show

En-Candela

Mariela Chópite and Arnaldo Olivieri host “En Candela.”

Entravision Orlando has launched a new morning show on Salsa 98.1FM. “En Candela,” hosted by Arnaldo Olivieri “JR al Aire” and Mariela Chópite, debuted yesterday and will air Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 am.

The morning drive show will include special reports from Miami and Puerto Rico news hubs, in addition to entertainment coverage, aiming to be “the king of gossip radio in Orlando.”

“En Candela” will also feature other radio personalities, including Jorge “Naranjito” Velasquez and TV host and gossip specialist Javier Ceriani.

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Univision cancels Dallas & Houston newscasts; launches regional Texas show

Univision cancels Dallas & Houston newscasts; launches regional Texas show

Rodolfo Sanchez and Karina Yapor

Rodolfo Sánchez and Karina Yapor will anchor Univision’s Texas regional newscast.

It didn’t work for Telemundo, but Univision is going to give it a shot – eliminating local for regional programming.

Univision cancelled “Primera Edición” in Dallas and Houston. KUVN Univision 23 Dallas and KXLN Univision 45 Houston aired their last local morning newscasts on Friday, March 27 from 4 to 6 am. The company also axed “Vive la Mañana,” the one hour morning magazine that aired on Unimás in both cities from 6 to 7 am.

This week, KUVN and KXLN are filling the 4 to 6 am time slot with a national feed that includes entertainment programming and a repeat of the previous night’s 11:30 pm Univision network newscast. They’ll include local weather and traffic segment cut-ins.

Starting Monday, April 6, the local newscasts will be replaced by “Noticias Texas Primera Edición,” based out of Houston.

Arnaldo Rojas and Lizzet Lopez

Univision Houston anchors Arnaldo Rojas and Lizzet Lopez were reassigned.

Karina Yapor and Rodolfo Sánchez will be the anchors of the regional morning newscast, which will air weekday mornings from 4 to 6 am across Univision stations in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, and Austin.

Karina and Rodolfo, anchors of Dallas’ “Primera Edición” until last Friday, are relocating to Houston for their new roles.

The cancellation of “Primera Edición” in Houston pushed that city’s anchor team off the desk. Arnaldo Rojas and Lizzet López will take on other positions within Univision.

Arnaldo will lead KXLN-45’s new investigative unit and Lizzet moves to nights as a general assignment reporter for “Noticias 45 Edición Nocturna.”

The regional newscast will also have reporters in the four Texas cities: Andrea Aguirre Alvarado and Vanessa Abuchaibe in Dallas; Victoria Acosta-Rubio and Laura Sierra in Houston; Alejandra Becerra in San Antonio, and Liliana Soto and David Herrera in Austin.

The Univision stations in San Antonio and Austin didn’t have morning shows.

The move is seen as a way to cut more costs as Univision prepares for an IPO, which could come later this year.

In 2006, Telemundo eliminated local news in San Jose, Phoenix, Denver, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Las Vegas as part of cost-cutting measures. The company established the Telemundo Production Center (TPC) in Dallas, to produce a regional newscast to beam to those cities.

That strategy failed and Telemundo had to rebuild the news departments and relaunch newscasts in those cities. It shut down the TPC in 2013.

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NBCU hires Díaz as VP of Insights & Strategy

NBCU hires Díaz as VP of Insights & Strategy

Reny DiazReny Díaz has left his position as Senior Research Director for Fusion and Univision Noticias to become Vice President of Insights & Strategy of NBCUniversal’s Hispanic Enterprises and Content.

Previously based in Miami, he moves to New York and will report to Jacqueline Hernández, Chief Marketing Officer.

In this newly created role, Díaz will be responsible for the development of data analysis and creating long term strategies for growing Hispanic audiences across the NBCUniversal portfolio of brands and business divisions including Entertainment, News, Sports, Digital, Theme Parks and Universal Pictures.

NBCU made the announcement today. His first day on the job was March 23.

Before joining Univision/Fusion in September of 2013, he spent 5 years as Director of Client Engagement at Nielsen, supporting the company’s internal Latino measurement initiatives.

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Rodríguez named LA Times Sports Editor

Rodríguez named LA Times Sports Editor

Angel_RodriguezLess than a year after accepting a job at the The Washington Post as Deputy Editor for Mobile Innovation, Ángel Rodríguez is moving cross-country for a new opportunity at the Los Angeles Times.

“I was really lucky to work with some amazing journalists at the Washington Post, but the opportunity to lead the sports department at the Los Angeles Times was too good to pass up. It has set the benchmark for sports journalism for a long time and I hope to contribute to its continued success,” Ángel tells Media Moves.

His last day at the Post is Friday, April 3. After just a weekend break, he starts April 6 as the L.A. paper’s Sports Editor.

Before moving to Washington, he spent two years as Sports Editor of the Cincinnati Enquirer. From 2007 to 2012, he was Home Page Manager of the Arizona Republic, where he also worked as Online Sports Editor.

Ángel previously worked as Senior Editor at ESPNdeportes.com and also spent a year as a Senior Producer at MLB.com.

He began his journalism career as a reporter for EFE News Service in Spain.

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Losada leaves Telemundo Deportes

Losada leaves Telemundo Deportes

Jessi LosadaSenior sports anchor Jessi Losada is leaving Telemundo at the end of March after a 15-year run with the network.

“I believe that living a successful life includes pushing ourselves to grow, change and continue to innovate while giving back to our Latino Community which is what I will continue do,” Jessie tells Media Moves.*

Since joining Telemundo in May of 1999, Jessi has anchored “Titulares Telemundo,” “Boxeo Telemundo” and has led Spanish-language coverage of NBA, NFL and Olympic games for the network.

“I have been very lucky to work with great teams in my career and Deportes Telemundo has been a special part of that, I am very proud of having been part of many “firsts” in our Industry and many of those were during my 16 years there. I will certainly miss the team.”

Jessi will also be leaving Miami.

“It’ a new and exciting chapter in my career and life, I will be returning to California which is where I started my network career and where I will once again embark on new projects which I will share with everyone soon. Hasta pronto!”

An Emmy-award winner, Jessi previously spent 21 years at Univision, starting as a sports anchor and producer in Los Angeles in 1980, when it was Spanish International Network (SIN).

A Telemundo spokesperson confirmed Jessi’s departure and issued the following statement:

“Jessie Losada decided to leave Telemundo to pursue other interests.  During his more than 15 years with Telemundo, he has been a great professional and an important part of our award-winning team of sportscasters. We wish him the best and look forward to working with him in the future.”

* UPDATED at 2:00 pm PT to include Jessi’s statement about his move.

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Olivia Fierro returns to KTVK

Olivia Fierro returns to KTVK

Olivia FerroOlivia Fierro has left her weeknight anchor job at KVVU channel 5, the FOX affiliate in Las Vegas, to move back to Arizona.

She has returned to Phoenix independent station KTVK, where on Monday, March 23, she started co-anchoring “Good Morning Arizona.”

“It was a unique opportunity to return to a station where I worked for 7 years. And as it turns out, the station had since been bought by Meredith, owner of Fox5 in Las Vegas, so I was able to stay with the same company I’ve worked for since 2009,” Olivia tells Media Moves.

She shares the desk from 5:30 to 9 am with anchor Scott Pasmore, and does the last hour of the show with Javier Soto.

Olivia previously worked at the station as morning anchor, from January 2003 to April 2009.

“Phoenix is a homecoming for me, we have family here and I met and married my husband here. I’m excited about the shift change. As much as I loved working nights in Las Vegas, I hope that the early morning shift will allow me to be home for dinner and bath time for my toddler!”

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Della de Lafuente dies at 51

Della de LafuenteJournalist Della de Lafuente suffered two strokes and died early Friday, March 20 at a hospital in West Bergen, New Jersey. She was 51.

A Texas native, Della had a lengthy career in journalism. She reported for the Chicago Sun-Times, the Arizona Republic, Crain Communications and the San Antonio Light.

Della, who worked as a Senior Editor at Latina magazine and a Deputy Editor of Working Mother magazine, was also a contributor for the Associated Press and Businessweek.

She later joined Adweek as Senior Editor of the Hispanic Marketing Report.

The Chicago Sun-Times dedicated an article about Della’s life.

A funeral mass will be held at 10 am Friday at St. Francis Xavier Church in La Feria, Texas and a New York City memorial will take place April 10.

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Veronica Villafañe, Editor and Publisher



I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006. I am currently the Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer and a columnist for Poder Hispanic magazine. I founded Media Moves in June of 2007.
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