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Mónica Talán leaves Univision to join startup

Mónica Talán leaves Univision to join startup

Monica TalanAfter more than 8 years with Univision, Mónica Talán has decided to leave her role as the company’s as EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Her last day is August 26.

“I will be forever grateful to my Univision family led by CEO Randy Falco – someone who believed in me and helped me become a much better practitioner – and my many colleagues,” Talán shared on Facebook. “This is not a goodbye to Univision. I know that I’ll continue to work with many of you….”

Talán says she will begin “a new adventure,” joining startup PreK12 Plaza, which focuses on education and technology in the Hispanic community.

Before Univision, she spent more than 10 years at Fleishman-Hillard as a SVP/partner, senior counselor and strategist for general and Hispanic market initiatives.

Earlier in her career, she held public relations and communications roles at Enron Latin America and the Texas Department of Commerce.

Rosemary Mercedes, SVP of Corporate Communications, will step into Talán’s role on an interim basis while the company conducts a search for her replacement.

Here’s the email Falco sent to staffers today announcing Talán’s departure:

Dear Colleagues,

Today we are announcing that after eight very successful years with us at UCI Mónica Talán is stepping down from her role as EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. Saying goodbye is never easy, especially when it’s one of UCI’s greatest champions and tireless brand ambassadors, however I am happy to see Mónica pursue another passion with a promising start-up company focused on education and technology within the Hispanic community. Her last day with UCI is August 26th.

Since joining Univision in 2008, Mónica has established a well-respected, award-winning corporate communications and public relations team and has transformed the relationships that our entire Company has with key members of the media, stakeholders and influencers. Mónica’s strategic vision and leadership have been instrumental in evolving UCI’s perception from a Spanish-language television company into a true multiplatform media powerhouse. She was also instrumental in the revamp of our internal engagement efforts working with many of you to provide employees another communication touch point via UCI Central. We are fortunate that she has built a terrific team to communicate our mission as we continue our evolution into one of the nation’s most diverse, innovative and influential media companies.

We are conducting a search for our new EVP of Corporate Communications and Public Relations. In the meantime, Rosemary Mercedes, SVP of Corporate Communications, will serve as interim leader for communications.

I’d like to personally thank Mónica for the countless contributions she has made to UCI over the years. I hope you will join me in wishing her well as she embarks on the next phase of her career.


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KBLR taps Rodríguez for launch of consumer investigative unit

KBLR taps Rodríguez for launch of consumer investigative unit

Antonio RodriguezAntonio Rodríguez has been named Consumer Investigative Reporter at KBLR Telemundo Las Vegas, tasked with leading the station’s new Telemundo Responde unit.

Consumer related stories produced by Telemundo Responde, which officially launched yesterday at KBLR, will air during the station’s weekday evening newscasts at 5:30, 6 and 11 pm.

Rodríguez joined Telemundo Las Vegas in 2014 after spending 8 years as a reporter and producer for KNSO Univision 48 in McAllen. He previously worked at KFXV Fox 2 News and KTVW Univision Arizona, where he held various roles with increasing responsibility.

Telemundo started launching the Telemundo Responde units in 2014, expanding to several of its stations in California, New York, Florida, Texas, Arizona and Puerto Rico.

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Telemundo partners with La Opinión for news content

Telemundo partners with La Opinión for news content

Telemundo-LaOpinionNoticias Telemundo and Los Angeles newspaper La Opinión have announced they’re teaming up to produce and publish news content targeting Hispanic Americans.

The partnership includes the launch of “Telemundo and La Opinión Present,” a series of stories on Latino issues that will appear on Telemundo Network, La Opinión newspaper, and the digital platforms of both organizations.

When asked how the partnership would work, neither company would provide specifics, other to say they would share content and that they would work closely to pick the topics of collaboration.

The content agreement may end up being more favorable for La Opinión, which during the past year has seen a massive editorial exodus between layoffs and staffers leaving the paper for better opportunities with only a handful of reporters remaining to cover local news.

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Entravision appoints Holderle VP of IMS in McAllen

Entravision appoints Holderle VP of IMS in McAllen

Michael HolderleEntravision has hired former Univision Radio executive Michael Holderle. They have named him Vice President of Integrated Marketing Solutions in McAllen, Texas, effective immediately.

He’ll report directly to Angela Navarrete, SVP, IMS in McAllen.

Holderle will be responsible for selling Entravision’s media and marketing solutions across the company’s television, radio, digital and event properties in the McAllen market. He’ll also work with the national and local sales teams to grow Entravision’s market share.

Holderle was most recently Director of Sales for Foster Communications in San Angelo.

He worked 16 years for Univision Radio as VP of National Sales. During that time, he co-founded the Unidos Digital Network.

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In historic ratings win, Telemundo topples Univision in primetime

In historic ratings win, Telemundo topples Univision in primetime

Telemundo-UnivisionFor the first time in its history, Telemundo was the #1 Spanish-language network in primetime among key demos – and the feat lasted an entire week.

Telemundo attributes the historic win to the 3-hour season finale of “El Señor de los Cielos” on Monday, July 18 and the triple premiere of “Silvana Sin Lana,” “Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso” and “Señora Acero 3, La Coyote” the following day.

According to Nielsen, Telemundo was the #1 Spanish-language network among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 during Monday–Friday primetime and in every hour of the daypart – 7, 8, 9 and 10 pm during the week of July 18.

In another first, Telemundo was also the #1 Spanish-language TV network for the week during Monday–Sunday primetime programming among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34.

Telemundo’s programming strategy has been successful in closing the ratings gap with Univision. For over a year, Telemundo has been the #1 Spanish-language network at 10 pm among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34 thanks to its super series phenomenon.


Source: Nielsen NPM, L+SD, 7/18/16-7/24/16, M-F 7-11pm Strict Daypart & M-Su 7-11pm Strict Daypart, IMP (000); 12/29/14-7/24/16 L+SD 10p-11p strict daypart. 11 wins in June (5/3/16-6/23/16, 2016) 9 wins in July (7/3/16-7/26/16), M-Sun 7p-11p A18-49 IMP.

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Avilés quits La Opinión, joins SCNG’s Hispanic pubs

Avilés quits La Opinión, joins SCNG’s Hispanic pubs

Carlos AvilesCarlos Avilés has resigned from La Opinión where he has been Local News Editor since 2013. Tomorrow is his last day at the paper.

He has accepted a job as Hispanic Publications Editor for Southern California News Group, the parent company of the Los Angeles Daily News.

He steps into the position left vacant by Sandra Baltazar Martínez in May.

In his new role, Carlos will oversee the print and online editions of three Spanish-language weeklies: Riverside’s La Prensa, Orange County’s Excelsior and L.A.’s Impacto.

He starts the new job on August 15.

This is the second time Carlos leaves La Opinión. He previously worked at the paper as a reporter from 2007 to 2011. That’s when he took a job as a Local Editor for During his time with the AOL-owned company, he helped launch bilingual site Patch Latino in Southern California.

Carlos also worked as a reporter for the L.A.’s Hoy newspaper and as Deputy Editor of The Press-Enterprise’s Spanish-language weekly La Prensa.

Before moving to the U.S., he worked as a Digital Editor at La Prensa Gráfica in his native El Salvador.

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Ex Fox News reporter Orlando Salinas arrested for rape

Ex Fox News reporter Orlando Salinas arrested for rape

Orlando Salinas

Orlando Salinas (Courtesy Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Former Fox News correspondent Orlando Salinas was arrested and charged with forcible sodomy and rape. Both charges are felonies.

According to Montgomery County Jail records obtained by the Roanoke Times, the charges against Salinas involve a woman who is not his wife and whom he allegedly forced, threatened and intimidated in January of this year.

He was booked on Tuesday evening and is being held without bail. He was in court today, where he was appointed a lawyer.

His next hearing date was scheduled for Oct. 19.

Salinas, who was most recently working as a real estate agent, had been off the air since April of last year, when he parted ways WDBJ-7, the CBS affiliate in Roanoke.

At the time, he posted on his Facebook page that he had “differing views on what constitutes news” with station management.

He previously spent 12 years as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News.

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MGM hires former Univision exec Kevin Conroy as President of Digital

MGM hires former Univision exec Kevin Conroy as President of Digital

Kevin Conroy

Kevin Conroy

Former Univision exec Kevin Conroy has landed at MGM in the newly created role of President of Digital and New Platforms.

He’ll be reporting to Mark Burnett, MGM’s president of Television and Digital Group.

Conroy who “stepped down” from his role as Univision’s Chief Strategy and Data Officer in March of this year “to pursue new opportunities,”
will oversee all MGM’s initiatives for new and emerging platforms, including OTT efforts.

He’ll also develop and expand partnerships with brands to produce virtual and augmented reality experiences.

Before joining Univision in 2009, he spent 8 years at AOL in multiple senior level roles, including GM of AOL Entertainment, COO of AOL Broadband and EVP Global Products and Marketing.

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