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Univision officially confirms Vizcón’s new appointment

Univision officially confirms Vizcón’s new appointment

Roberto VizconAs Media Moves reported yesterday, Roberto Vizcón will be moving to Miami headquarters to take on a new role within the network.

Univision today officially announced to staffers via email that Vizcón has been named Director of News and Special Projects, Local News. He’ll be reporting to Lourdes Torres, VP, Regional News  and Director of Special Projects for Univision Network.

In his new role, he’ll be responsible for developing strategies to enhance local news products and implementing special events and coverage.

Vizcón was News Director of WLII Canal 11, Univision’s O&O in Puerto Rico, since March of 2013. Univision shut down all news and production operations on Friday, October 17, laying off approximately 100 people.

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Univision to air series about alcoholism featuring Edna Schmidt

Univision to air series about alcoholism featuring Edna Schmidt

Jorge Barbosa interviewed his former co-anchor Edna Schmidt for the series "Mi Verdad."

Jorge Barbosa interviewed his former co-anchor Edna Schmidt for the series “Mi Verdad.”

Edna Schmidt returns to Univision Chicago… but this time, as part of a story.

Starting next Monday, November 3, the station will be running a 5-part series with a half-hour Saturday special about women and alcoholism, and Edna is the centerpiece.

Edna, the founding anchor of Univision Chicago’s newscast, shares her story about her own struggles with alcohol on “Mi Verdad: Edna Schmidt.”

Alcohol addiction cost Edna her journalism career. She lost her job as a Univision network anchor and last year, at Telemundo Chicago, where she lasted less than 3 months.

“The series is to raise awareness about the issue,” says WGBO news director Teri Arvesu. “It’s a chance to empower women who are going through this. We wanted this not to be an exploitation about one person’s story, but to bring a light to a real problem.”

Arvesu says that’s why the station partnered with Alcoholics Anonymous to man a hotline with Spanish-speaking staffers each day the series airs.

Univision Chicago will also be directing viewers to local resources and where people can seek help for alcohol addiction.

Jorge Barbosa, who for many years shared the anchor desk with Edna, interviewed her for the series.

In addition to the series, Edna will be live in the studio on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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Estrella TV presents Premios de la Radio 2014

Estrella TV presents Premios de la Radio 2014

Estrella TV -Premios radio 2014Estrella TV will be airing the 15th annual Premios de la Radio next Thursday, November 6 from 7 to 11 pm (ET/PT), live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Premios de la Radio, which presents awards to regional Mexican music artists, will feature performances from Gerardo Ortiz, Julión Alvarez, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, Chiquis Rivera, Ana Bárbara, Roberto Tapia, and Larry Hernández, among others.

The event has been produced by Liberman Broadcasting for the past 15 years. It began airing on television when Estrella TV was launched in 2009.

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Atondo out as Univision Chicago anchor

Atondo out as Univision Chicago anchor

Angelica AtondoAngélica Atondo and Univision Chicago were unable to reach an agreement for her to stay as anchor of WGBO 66’s primetime newscasts.

Her contract was set to expire on December 31, but station management took her off the air last week. She had been with the Univision O&O since 2010. She had previously been an anchor at Univision in Phoenix.

According to Angélica, the company did not want her to pursue her entrepreneurial ventures while working for Univision.

“I’m extremely grateful to Univision for the opportunity to be on the air all these years. I’ve accomplished many things with the company where I started my career,” she tells Media Moves. “But Univision doesn’t support my growth as a writer and entrepreneur.”

Angélica is a partner in three Chicago restaurants called Las Quecas. She also has an accesory line for girls called Lola by Angie and plans to launch a skin care line in November, although it won’t carry her name or image.

Angélica also authored her first book “El Secreto para lograrlo” almost three years ago and has been doing speaking engagements in schools.

“I want to motivate students to dream big, but I want them to see the difference between dreams and goals and to focus on their goals,” she says.

The book has sold over 100,000 copies in Mexico and about 90,000 in the U.S.

A popular on-air personality, she has very loyal fans on social media, where she’s extremely active.

So much so, that social media measurement company Share Rocket has rated her “clear market leader,” ranking her #1 Chicago talent with the most social engagement for the week of Oct 19-26, including 5 days she was already off the air.

“I’m so thankful to my fans for their support on social media. Because of it, I’ve already received several offers that I’m reviewing,” she says.

For the time being, Angélica says she’s going to focus on her 9-year old daughter Farah and finishing her second book.

A Univision spokesperson would not comment for this story, saying company policy does not permit them to discuss personnel matters.

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Balta promoted at ESPN

Balta promoted at ESPN

Hugo BaltaHugo Balta, a Coordinating Producer for ESPN’S SportsCenter since 2011, has been promoted to a new role within the company.

He has been named Senior Director, Multicultural Content for ESPN’s Digital & Print Media team.

He officially starts the new position on December 1.

In his new role, Hugo, has been assigned to help raise the quality, profile and delivery of content targeting English and Spanish-speaking U.S. Hispanics for all of ESPN’s digital and print properties.

In order to accomplish these goals, he’ll partner with editorial leaders in Mexico and Latin America and across ESPN Deportes.

The immediate past president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), Hugo previously worked as Managing Editor at WCBS in New York and VP of news for Telemundo NY.

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New role for Vizcón after Univision shuts down Puerto Rico operations

New role for Vizcón after Univision shuts down Puerto Rico operations

Roberto VizconRoberto Vizcón, News Director of Univision Puerto Rico’s WLII Canal 11 since March of 2013, was not among the approximately 100 people laid off on Friday, October 17.

He will stay on with Univision. According to a high-level company source, he’ll be returning home to Miami as Director of Special Projects for Univision Local Media.

Prior to accepting the job as News Director of Univision Puerto Rico, Roberto worked at América TeVe. He was previously General Manager for WGEN-TV Channel 8 and General Manager of WTMO-TV, the ZGS-owned Telemundo affiliate in Orlando.

Roberto also spent 10 years as News Director of WSCV-51, Telemundo’s O&O in Miami.

A 35-year industry veteran, in May of 2013, Roberto was honored with a Silver Circle award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years of continuous service in the broadcasting industry.

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Cleveland Cavaliers start broadcasting games in Spanish

Cleveland Cavaliers start broadcasting games in Spanish

Rafael Hernández BritoVeteran broadcaster Rafa “El Alcalde” Hernández Brito will be doing the play-by-play Spanish-language narration of the Cleveland Cavaliers 2014-15 regular and post-season games.

This will mark the first time in club history that Cavs games will be broadcast in a second language.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have partnered with Murray Hill Broadcasting’s Mega 87.7 FM to broadcast all of its 2014-15 regular and post-season games in Spanish.

The partnership kicks off with the first game of the regular season tomorrow Thursday, October 30.

Each Cavs broadcast will begin with a 15-minute pregame show, hosted by Rafa. He’ll also do a postgame show featuring a recap with highlights and postgame commentary.

Rafa “El Alcalde” was the Spanish voice of Brooklyn Nets home games the past two seasons. He was also the voice of the New Jersey Nets from 1997 to 2001 and spent 11 years as the voice of NFL football for Spanish Broadcasts on Univision from 2003 to 2013.

He has worked 15 Super Bowls and covered the last five FIFA World Cups.

La Mega 87.7 replaced rock Cleveland Sound on January 1st to become the first full-service, 24-hour Hispanic radio signal.

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Rausseo promoted to sports anchor at KDEN

Rausseo promoted to sports anchor at KDEN

Carlos RausseoEmmy award-winning journalist Carlos Rausseo is moving to the anchor desk.

Telemundo Denver/KDEN today announced it has promoted Carlos to sports anchor for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 and 10 pm.

He starts his new on-air role on Monday, November 3.

He replaces Paola Varela Rossi, who was hired in March of this year, and left the station for personal reasons.

Carlos has been a multimedia journalist and back-up anchor for Telemundo Denver since 2011.

He started his TV career in 2006 as a video journalist for Noticias Univision Colorado.

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Telemundo starts promoting ownership of World Cup coverage

Telemundo starts promoting ownership of World Cup coverage

Telemundo World Cup logoWith the 2014 World Cup and Univision’s rights to broadcast the games behind us – it was just a matter of time until the new rights holders started plugging the next one.

NBCUniversal today announced that Telemundo and mun2 take over as the official Spanish-language Home of the FIFA World Cup™ in the U.S. across all video platforms.

The announcement follows the unveiling of the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018™ emblem in Moscow. Telemundo today also presented its composite emblem.

In 2011, NBCU paid the hefty fee of $600 million for the right to air the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, beating Univision, the longtime broadcaster of the games in the U.S.

“Three years and one week ago, NBCUniversal announced the game-changing acquisition of the exclusive Spanish-language US media rights to the FIFA World Cup™,” said Joe Uva, Chairman, Hispanic Enterprises and Content, NBCUniversal. “Today we are proud to see the first tangible manifestation of this major acquisition, which will bring unprecedented exposure for Telemundo and mun2 and offer a unique opportunity to accelerate audience growth and consolidate our position in the industry.”

The company also announced its broadcast plans for the upcoming other FIFA Events in 2015 to be featured across the Telemundo network and stations, the cable network mun2 and all its digital properties.

During 2015, Telemundo and mun2 will feature 188 FIFA Events matches. The NBCUniversal networks will cover four FIFA Events in 2015: the Men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup, hosted by New Zealand from May 30 to June 20; the FIFA Women’s World Cup™ played in Canada from June 6 to July 5; the Men’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup hosted by Portugal from July 9 to July 19 and the FIFA U-17 World Cup played in Chile from October 17 to November 8.

Telemundo’s and mun2’s broadcasts sports coverage will be led by Andrés Cantor, complemented with other commentators such as former players like Carlos Hermosillo and Manuel Sol, and soccer experts such as Sammy Sadovnik.

Telemundo network and its stations will also incorporate FIFA World Cup™ related content in their regular programming.

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Univision Houston wins 10, KUVN takes 7 and KWEX gets 2 Emmys

Univision Houston wins 10, KUVN takes 7 and KWEX gets 2 Emmys

Univision Houston Emmys2014

Univision Houston won Emmys in 10 categories.

Three Univision O&Os in Texas won a total of 19 Emmys at the 12th annual Lone Star Emmy Awards, this past Saturday, October 25 at the Bayou City Music Theater in Houston.

The biggest winner was KXLN 45 in Houston, which swept 10 categories. Anchor Raúl Peimbert took home 3 statuettes.

Univision Dallas KUVN 23 won awards in 7 categories, while San Antonio’s KWEX 41 picked up 2 Emmys.

Here’s the list of winners for Univision Houston:


Spring High School Stabbing
Mariana Pineda, Reporter

Detención De Un Capo
Raúl Peimbert, Reporter

Suzanne H. Ruiz, Executive Producer
José “Jojo” Padron, Talent
Milton Durango, Photographer/Editor

Ana Trujillo: Víctima o Asesina
Rebecca Suárez, News Reporter
Milton Durango, News Photographer

El Conjuro
Osvaldo Corral, Reporter

De Cerca Con Raúl Peimbert
Raúl Peimbert, Editorialist

José Felipe Padrón, Host

Rebecca Suárez Investigates
Rebecca Suárez, Investigative Reporter

WRITER – NEWS Tráfico Humano
Raúl Peimbert, Writer/Reporter

Get Out And Play – Health PSA
David Serna, Director

These are the winners for KUVN 23, Univision Dallas:

Historic/Cultural – News Single Story/Series/Feature
Milensky Rega, Producer

Human Interest – News Series
Rostros Prestados
Milensky Rega, Reporter/Producer
José Lomelí, Chief Photographer/Editor

Weather – News Single Story/Series/Feature
Albert Martínez, Meteorologist
Israel Pérez, News Photographer

Public/Current/Community Affairs – Feature/Segment
Defensores del Barrio
Wendy Cruz, Reporter

Public/Current/Community Affairs – Feature/Segment
Camino a la Ciudadanía
Volga Santos, Producer
Karen Falla, Reporter

Promotion – News Promo – Single Spot Más allá de la Tecnología
Bernadette Valles, Director Of Marketing & Creative Services
Mariano Domínguez, Creative Services Videographer/Editor
Luis R López, Creative Services Sr. Graphic Artist
Sonia Salas, Creative Services Producer
Albert Martínez, Meteorologist

Editor – News – No Time Limit Every Day
José Lomelí, Editor

Univision San Antonio KWEX 41 winners:

Arts/Entertainment – News Single Story / Series / Feature
José Herrera, Photographer/Editor

Health/Science – News Single Story / Series / Feature
Vaping: A Growing Health Concern
Anabel Monge, Reporter
Francisco Morales, News Photographer/Editor

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