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Bojorquez starts new role as Miami correspondent for CBS News

Bojorquez starts new role as Miami correspondent for CBS News

Manuel BojorquezManuel Bojorquez kicked of this week as the new CBS News’ Miami correspondent.

He left the network’s Dallas bureau, where he has worked since joining CBS in 2012.

The network plans to expand its reporting of Latin America. With that goal in mind and given his recent work in Cuba and Central America, CBS decided to strategically base him in Miami.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to continue and expand our reporting in Latin America, while still covering major stories in the Southeast and throughout the country,” Bojorquez tells Media Moves. “These are important and rapidly-changing times in the region, with US-Cuban relations, immigration, and the relationship between countries throughout the hemisphere.”

In announcing the move earlier this month, CBS management complemented Bojorquez’s “work in Cuba following Fidel Castro’s death, his original reporting on immigration issues along the Texas-Mexico border and his compelling stories from Central America about the forces driving that immigration.”

A native of El Salvador, Bojorquez worked as a general assignment reporter at WSB in Atlanta and KNXV in Phoenix.

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Estrada lands weekend anchor at WINK and WXCW

Estrada lands weekend anchor at WINK and WXCW

John Carlos EstradaJohn-Carlos Estrada has made a 47 market jump to Fort Myers, where he starts a new job as weekend anchor and reporter for CBS affiliate WINK and CW affiliate WXCW.

He’ll be anchoring the 6 and 11 pm newscasts on CBS and the 6:30 and 10 pm shows on CW on Saturdays and Sundays.

He’ll report dayside Monday through Wednesday for the 4 to 7 pm newscasts.

He’ll anchor his first newscasts tomorrow.

Estrada moved to Florida from East Texas, where he was lead anchor and managing editor a ABC affiliate KTRE-TV in Lufkin for more than two years. He left the station on January 6.

He began his on-air career at KAVU-TV in Victoria, Texas as the station’s main news anchor. He was previously a segment producer for MSNBC’s “The Cycle” and NBC’s “Weekend Today” in New York City.

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Univision Chicago promotes Arvesu and Uribe to VP roles

Univision Chicago promotes Arvesu and Uribe to VP roles

Teri Arvesu and Edna Uribe

Teri Arvesu (L) and Edna Uribe.

Univision Chicago has upped News Director Teri Arvesu to VP and Director of Content.

In her new role, she’ll oversee news operations as well as the station’s creative services department. She’ll be responsible for creating editorial content for broadcast and digital, as well as promotions.

Arvesu joined WGBO as News Director in 2013. She moved to Chicago from Miami, where she spent 10 years working her way up from producer to executive producer at Univision 23.

Edna Uribe was promoted from National Sales Manager to VP and Director of Univision Local Media Sales Chicago. She replaces Héctor Fábregas, who left the station last year.

Uribe is now responsible for leading the local and national sales efforts and creating new revenue streams for Univision Chicago O&Os WGBO and WXFT, radio stations WOJO-FM, WPPN-FM, WVIV-FM & WRTO-AM, as well as the company’s local digital platforms.

Uribe first arrived at WGBO as an account executive in 2007.

The station also promoted Iván García to Creative Services Manager. He had been a producer and editor for the creative services department since he joined the station in 2013.

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Suárez hired as promotions producer at WNJU

Suárez hired as promotions producer at WNJU

Christian SuarezChristian Suárez has moved to New York for a job as Promotions Producer WNJU Telemundo 47. He started the new yesterday.

In his new role, Suárez will be responsible for planning, producing and executing the station’s branding strategy and sales support campaigns for Telemundo 47.

He arrives to WNJU after working for sister station KXTX Telemundo 39 in Dallas.

A native of Colombia, he moved to the U.S. in 2007 and worked as a freelance editor and photographer for RCN National News before joining Telemundo.

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Carlos Slim to launch U.S. Spanish-language network for Mexicans

Carlos Slim to launch U.S. Spanish-language network for Mexicans

Carlos Slim - Nuestra VisionIs there room for a new Spanish-language network in the U.S.?

Carlos Slim’s team seems to think so.

Slim’s América Móvil subsidiary Publicidad y Contenido Editorial announced plans to launch Nuestra Vision, a channel made “by Mexicans for Mexicans,” in 2017.

The venture will be run by CEO Victor Herrera and VP Stephano Herrera and be transmitted from Mexico.

You can read more details on the Nuestra Visión’s programming and business model on Forbes.

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Lara named GM of Univision Radio

Lara named GM of Univision Radio

Jesus LaraUnivision finally has someone taking over the leadership of its radio division. The company today announced it has hired Jesús Lara as General Manager of Digital, Content, and Entertainment for Radio.

The position had been vacant for almost a year, since the sudden death of Alejandro Nieto Molina last January, after barely a week on the job.

Lara will oversee the development and implementation of digital, content creation, programming and entertainment strategies within better position Univision’s radio properties moving forward.

He’ll be based in Miami and report to John Eck, Chief Local Media Officer. He will work closely with UCI’s President of Music, Jorge ‘Pepo’ Ferradas, to align with the company’s broader music strategy.

Lara was most recently EVP of Digital Media Strategy at Spanish Broadcasting System, where he spent three years. He has also held executive roles at Viacom, where he was an SVP of Music Programing and at EMI Music, where he was VP of Marketing.

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WPLG moves Hatzel Vela to Cuba

WPLG moves Hatzel Vela to Cuba

Hatzel Vela

Hatzel Vela reporting in Havana.

Reporter Hatzel Vela, who has been covering Cuba extensively since joining WPLG-TV in 2014, will now be reporting from Havana full time.

Miami ABC affiliate WPLG has moved Vela and photojournalist Brian Ely to the island after it got permission from Cuba to base a news crew on a full time basis, becoming the first local station to do so.

Vela will be providing daily reports for LOCAL 10 NEWS HAVANA.

“We consider Cuba news, local news,” Vela tells Media Moves. “Cuba stories are always desired. People who haven’t been here in decades want to see what’s going on…how Cubans live, survive and struggle.”

Station management won’t call it a bureau, but it had been working on getting a live-in news team in Cuba since President Obama announced renewed relations with Cuba at the end of 2014.

“This opportunity takes it to a whole new level. We are making this investment because the Cuba story is very important to our community,” WPLG President Bert Medina said in a statement. “Having a reporter and photojournalist living in Cuba will give all of us a deeper understanding of what is happening on the island. We will have the time to seek out stories we couldn’t tell on previous trips due to the limited time we could spend inside the country.”

Vela says he doesn’t know how long this assignment will last, but he hopes to stay “as long as I can.”

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Univision & Televisa merge content production, name Lee Chief Content Officer

Univision & Televisa merge content production, name Lee Chief Content Officer

Univision - Televisa - Isaac LeeJust two weeks since the FCC approved an increase of Televisa’s ownership stake in Univision, both companies today announced they’re merging their content development and production efforts, benefiting from “potential cost synergies.”

As part of the restructuring, Isaac Lee, who currently serves as the Chief News, Entertainment & Digital Officer for Univision and CEO for Fusion, will assume the role of Chief Content Officer of both Univision and Televisa, effective immediately.

“With a unified leadership structure for Content, Univision and Televisa are best poised to effectively meet the needs of our evolving and sophisticated audiences who are increasingly consuming content across all platforms and in multiple languages – both in the U.S. and Mexico,” Univision CEO Randy Falco told employees in an email sent morning.

Lee will now report to both Falco and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of Televisa.

According to Univision, the news and all other operations of both companies will remain independent, and the current terms and conditions of the existing programming license agreement between Univision and Televisa remain unchanged.

Televisa also announced that José Bastón Patiño will assume the role of President of Televisa International, reporting directly to Azcárraga.

Bastón will be responsible for Televisa’s expansion beyond Mexico and the United States, and will remain a member of the board of directors of Televisa.

Below is Falco’s email to staff:

From: Corporate Communications
Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 8:56 AM
Subject: Unified Content Development Efforts

Dear Colleagues,

As we continue to strengthen our entertainment offering and work more closely with Televisa on our pipeline of entertainment content, I am pleased to announce that Isaac Lee has been named Chief Content Officer for both Univision and Televisa, effective immediately. Attached is the press release with additional details.

I firmly believe that, with a unified leadership structure for Content, Univision and Televisa are best poised to effectively meet the needs of our evolving and sophisticated audiences who are increasingly consuming content across all platforms and in multiple languages – both in the U.S. and Mexico. Under this new aligned structure, Univision and Televisa will benefit from a single, integrated focus on entertainment options that meet the needs of today’s young audiences.

In this new role, Isaac will dual report to me and Emilio Azcárraga Jean, President of Televisa. Univision News and all other operations of both companies will remain independent, and the current terms and conditions of the existing programming license agreement between Univision and Televisa will remain unchanged.

Please join me in congratulating Isaac on this expanded and important role.

Randy

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