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Salazar returns to MegaTV to launch Mega Noticiero

Salazar returns to MegaTV to launch Mega Noticiero

Maria Elvira Salazar

María Elvira Salazar (Photo: José Naranjo/Imagen Magazines)

Five years after leaving MegaTV, María Elvira Salazar returns to the SBS-owned Miami station to launch a new newscast.

“Mega Noticiero” debuts next Monday, February 15. The show will air Monday through Friday at 5 and 10 pm.

The Emmy-award winning journalist previously hosted the weeknight “María Elvira Live” on Mega TV from 2006 to 2011.

Since her departure from Mega TV, María Elvira has bounced around several Miami stations, where she hosted her own shows.

She most recently spent a year and a half doing political analysis show “María Elvira” on Miami’s Mira TV.

She previously had a show on WGEN TV, which was cancelled in January of 2013 and a short-lived program on the now defunct CNN Latino.

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Unvision partners with Ricky Martin to launch parenting channel

Unvision partners with Ricky Martin to launch parenting channel

Univision-MamasyPapasUnivision Digital announced the launch of “Papás y Mamás,” a new bilingual parenting channel created in partnership with Ricky Martin’s parenting site, Piccolo Universe.

Targeted to Latino parents, “Papás y Mamás” features content in Spanish and English that includes columns by parenting bloggers, news and trends, videos and unique articles written by Ricky Martin and other celebrities. It is now the official parenting channel for Univision.com.

In a release, Univision Digital VP and Editor-in-Chief Borja Echevarría states“Papás y Mamás,” is part of the company’s shift in “strategy to strengthen our content offerings.”

Ricky Martin, who has been working with Univision in other projects, such as reality “La Banda,” expressed he created Piccolo Universe after he become a father and searched for an online community geared towards Latinos.

“I believe all parents are superstars,” he said in the statement. “There is no better partner than Univision to reach our Hispanic parenting community, and I am beyond excited to work together with them to inform and entertain online Papás y Mamás.”

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Fernandez hired as reporter at WIAT

Fernandez hired as reporter at WIAT

Matt FernandezMatt Fernandez has left KVOA in Tucson to join CBS Affiliate WIAT in Birmingham, Ala. as general assignment reporter. His first day is next Monday, February 15.

He had been a reporter for the News 4 team since February of 2014. Matt previously spent 6 years as a reporter/MMJ at KVEO-23, the NBC affiliate in Brownsville, Texas.

Before KVEO, he was a reporter/MMJ at WWAY in Wilmington, NC. Matt started his on-air career as an anchor/reporter/MMJ in 2005 at CBS-affiliate WBKB in Alpena, Michigan.

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Trump and Univision settle $500 million Miss Universe lawsuit

Trump and Univision settle $500 million Miss Universe lawsuit

Trump-UnivisionDonald Trump and Univision have reached an agreement in the $500 million lawsuit the real estate mogul filed against the network after it cancelled the 2015 broadcast of the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants.

At the time, Univision also broke all ties with the presidential candidate over disparaging comments he made about Mexicans.

In his lawsuit, Trump alleged breach of contract, defamation, and accused Univision of trying to suppress his freedom of speech and of colluding with NBC.

The lawsuit revealed Univision paid $13.5 million for the rights to broadcast the Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and the Miss Universe pageants from 2015 through 2019.

Univision filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in December, calling it “beyond frivolous.”

Univision attorneys argued Trump “caused Miss Universe to breach first” when he disparaged Mexican immigrants, calling them drug smugglers, criminals and rapists during a presidential campaign speech. In doing so, he destroyed the value of the Miss Universe broadcast rights.

The terms of the settlement were not disclosed. Trump, who was vocal in his disdain of Univision and bragged about his lawsuit on Twitter last year, didn’t even send one tweet about the end of his legal feud with the network.

In a joint release, Trump and Univision President and CEO Randy Falco acknowledged they’ve known each other for over 20 years. Trump stated: “I’m glad we are able to put these differences behind us,” while Falco expressed “we are pleased to settle this matter and move forward.”

His controversial remarks also caused NBC sever ties with Trump and led to the network dumping the pageant as well. NBC eventually sold its stake in the Miss Universe Organization and Trump sold the pageant to the talent agency WME-IMG in September of last year for an undisclosed sum.

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Fiore signs multi-year deal with Fox Sports

Fiore signs multi-year deal with Fox Sports

Fernando_Fiore-2015Fernando Fiore, the former Univision sports show host who spent his entire career working exclusively on Spanish-language television is crossing over to English-language broadcasting.

He has signed a multi-year deal with Fox Sports as a co-host and general contributor for the network’s expanding portfolio of soccer events.

David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup on FOX, made the announcement. Fiore worked with Neal, who was Sr VP of Production for Sports for Univision and helped launch sports cable network Univision Deportes.

Fernando made his English-language debut last October as contributor for coverage of the CONCACAF Cup for Fox Deportes and FS1.

Under the new multi-year deal, the Emmy Award-winning broadcaster will be co-host and general contributor for a multitude of soccer events, including the 2016 Copa America Centenario, Mexican National Team home matches, the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup and the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Fernando begins his new role today, when Mexico, under new coach Juan Carlos Osorio, faces Senegal in primetime on FS1 (8:30 pm ET).

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Telemundo unveils plans for new headquarters

Telemundo unveils plans for new headquarters

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises today held a groundbreaking ceremony where it unveiled the plans for its new 450,000 sq. ft. global headquarters in Miami.

Telemundo network, which has leased the current Hialeah facility for the past 30 years, will be moving to the new digs in early 2018.

Telemundo headquarters rendering

A rendering of the new Telemundo headquarters when construction is finished.

NBCUniversal and parent company Comcast will invest more than $250 million in the construction of the offices and television production studios, which will initially house 1,100 employees with the capacity to expand to approximately 1,300.

But the company won’t own the buildings. It will actually lease the space in a multi-year deal. A Telemundo spokesperson would not reveal the length of the lease agreement.

Telemundo headquarters groundbreaking

From L to R: David L. Cohen, Comcast’s Sr EVP and Chief Diversity Officer, Florida Gov. Rick Scott, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises Chairman César Conde, and Miami-Dade County Deputy Mayor Russell Benford pose during the groundbreaking ceremony for Telemundo’s new global headquarters. (Photo: Ivan Apfel/Telemundo)

The facility, which will be built in approximately 21 acres at NW 25th Street and the Florida Turnpike, will house NBCUniverso, currently located in Miami Springs, Telemundo International, now in Coral Gables, Telemundo Studios which operates in Medley and Telemundo Network, based in Hialeah, all under one roof.

According to Telemundo, the building will be equipped with the latest production technology and the state-of-the-art facility will help the different production units to work in a more collaborative manner.

Telemundo headquarters rendering

A street view rendering of the new Telemundo headquarters upon completion.

The South Florida Business Journal reports that under the terms of its public incentive deal with the state of Florida and Miami-Dade county, Telemundo pledged “to retain 800 jobs and create 150 jobs with average salaries of $89,000.”

According to the Beacon Council, Miami-Dade County’s economic development organization, if Telemundo follows through on those job goals and invests $260,000 in capital in the project, it would get a $3 million Target Jobs Incentive Fund from the county over the course of 6 years and a $5.5 million High Impact Performance Incentive, as well as a Capital Investment Tax Credit from the state of Florida.

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NYT debuts Spanish-language website

NYT debuts Spanish-language website

The New York Times has launched an online mobile optimized Spanish-language website in advance of Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico later this week.

The site, which will cover “news and issues of interest to a Spanish­ speaking audience,” will be run out of Mexico City under the leadership of editorial director Elías López.NYT Espanol site

The Mexico-based team that will work on the site consists of 6 journalists: Alberto Arce, Verónica Calderón, Paulina Chavira, Paula Durán, Albinson Linares and Dulce Ramos.

The Spanish-language digital edition will also tap into the NYT’s correspondent pool. Azam Ahmed, Kirk Semple and Elizabeth Malkin in Mexico, Nicholas Casey in Venezuela, Simon Romero in Brazil and Argentina, Frances Robles in Miami, along with NY editorial board member Ernesto Londoño, will be among the NYT staff journalists that will contribute to the Spanish-language website.

The team will curate and translate 10 to 15 Times news and opinion articles each day. The site will also feature some original Spanish-language reporting.

The content on NYTimes.com/es is free and won’t count against the 10 ­article a month limit for non­-subscribers. The NYT is additionally launching a weekly newsletter called Boletín.

Deputy International Editor Lydia Polgreen oversaw editorial development of the project.

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López does English crossover to KERO

López does English crossover to KERO

Jesus LopezJesús López has joined KERO as the Bakersfield ABC affiliate’s 5, 6 and 11 pm meteorologist. It’s his first job weathercasting in English.

“My move to Bakersfield and my crossover to English has been nothing but amazing as I keep growing as a professional,” Jesús tells Media Moves. “I’m thrilled to also keep informing the Hispanic community here in Bakersfield as I will also broadcast for Azteca TV.”

Jesús moved to California from Oklahoma City, where he has Chief Meteorologist for Tyler Media Broadcast Company.

During his year in Oklahoma City, he provided weather forecasts for Tyler-owned Telemundo affiliate KTUZ at 5 and 10 pm and in the mornings on radio station La Zeta 106.7FM.

Born in Venezuela and raised in Miami, he has a degree in Atmospheric Science Meteorology from the University of Miami.

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Nieto Molina dies at 48

Nieto Molina dies at 48

Alejandro Nieto MolinaAlejandro Nieto Molina, who had been at the helm of Univision Radio barely a week, died today of a heart attack. He was 48.

Univision named Nieto Molina to the newly created position of SVP and General Manager, Radio in January. The company hired him to oversee strategy, content and operating leadership of Univision’s 67 radio stations. His first day on the job was last Monday, February 1.

Nieto Molina moved to Miami for his new role after spending 5 years as Director of Business Development and Digital Transformation at Prisa Radio, based in Spain.

He started his radio career in Bogota in 1993, where he created and led La Mega, a pop and rock format for RCN Radio in his native Colombia.

Throughout his career, he held multiple roles in radio, including news anchor, host and Director of Programming for Radio Caracol, VP of Programming for GLR Networks and VP of Programming & Talk Radio of PRISA Radio in the U.S.

“Today we were deeply saddened to learn of the sudden loss of our colleague Alejandro Nieto Molina,” John Eck, Univision’s Chief Local Media Officer said in a statement. “He was new to the Univision family but many of us knew and respected him. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

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Suárez named Univision Dallas anchor/reporter

Suárez named Univision Dallas anchor/reporter

Johana SuarezJohana Suárez has landed a new job as an anchor/reporter for Univision’s O&O in Dallas.

She’ll be anchoring for Noticias 23 at 5 pm and report for the 10 pm newscast. She replaces Wendy Cruz, who left the position late last year.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Johana was 6 and 11 pm weekend anchor and host of public affairs show “Enfoque Los Angeles” at Telemundo 52 in Los Angeles until October of last year when the station opted to not renew her contract.

Before her move to the L.A. station in 2013, she spent almost 8 years at Univision’s KUVS-19 in Sacramento as an anchor/reporter.

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MundoMax announces 2016 upfront

MundoMax announces 2016 upfront

MundoMax-sloganRecently rebranded network MundoMax has locked in a date for its upfront presentation. The former MundoFox network will host a luncheon presentation for advertisers in New York City at noon on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.

MundoMax, the first Spanish-language network to announce an upfront date, plans to unveil its vision and programming line-up for broadcast year 2017 at the event.

This is the first upfront event for the network since RCN Television Group split with Fox and acquired sole ownership last year.

The network did not have a NY upfront event last year. Instead, it held events in several local markets.

The location and additional details of this year’s NY event will be revealed at a later date.

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Enlace rebranded to Hoy San Diego

Enlace rebranded to Hoy San Diego

Enlace-HoySanDiegoAfter a 17-year run, Enlace has its last publication this week. Starting February 13, the San Diego Union-Tribune’s Spanish-language weekly will have a new name. It will become Hoy San Diego.

“Seventeen years. Five redesigns. A couple of generations of writers, editors, copy editors, designers and translators. Thousands of stories and lots of love and journalistic professionalism end today under the name of Enlace as the publication finishes its circle,” wrote Enlace’s founding editor Lilia O’Hara on her Facebook page. “It will be a new day, but today I want to thank every single person that has been part of Enlace. Gracias. We did a good job.”

The rebranded publication will maximize its ties with Hoy Los Angeles, also owned by parent company Tribune Publishing.

Ultimo-Enlace

The final cover of Enlace, February 6, 2016.

Hoy San Diego will have original content written by local San Diego writers as well as journalists from its Los Angeles Times counterpart, Hoy Los Angeles. The publication will also use and adapt and translate stories into Spanish from the Union-Tribune and LA Times.

Hoy San Diego will have zone pages for the North and South regions of San Diego County, as well as a Riverside edition and a Baja California edition named Hoy Fin de Semana.

In a statement, Hoy publisher Roaldo Morán says: “This move will make Hoy the largest Spanish publication in Southern California and in each county it serves with a total distribution of 835,000 in LA, 116,000 in Orange County, 157,000 in the Inland Empire, and 177,000 San Diego, as well as 130,000 In Baja Mexico. Hoy’s total distribution of 1.4M single copies will provide our advertisers with expansive reach in one of the most important Hispanic markets in the country.”

The San Diego U-T will also continue to publish its Spanish language entertainment and lifestyle publication Vida Latina San Diego on Fridays, along with its accompanying website vidalatinasd.com.

Hoy San Diego, which will be delivered to over 134,000 Hispanic households every Saturday, will also be available in newspaper racks around San Diego.

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