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Alicia Menéndez returns to guest-host The View

Alicia Menéndez returns to guest-host The View

Alicia Menendez tonightAlicia Menéndez, who anchors her own show on Fusion, is getting another shot at guest-hosting ABC’s “The View” today.

She was first invited in October of 2013, a week before the launch of the Univision/ABC joint venture cable network.

“Alicia Menéndez Tonight” airs Monday through Friday at 9 pm ET.

Exactly one week ago, “The View” brought Ana Belaval to guest-host the show.

Could ABC finally be seriously considering, as it should, a Latina candidate to fill the open slot?

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Telemundo Arizona launches weekend newscasts, hires Aguirre to anchor

Telemundo Arizona launches weekend newscasts, hires Aguirre to anchor

Daniel Aguirre

Daniel Aguirre

Starting this weekend, Telemundo Arizona will have local weekend news in the Phoenix and Tucson markets.

KTAZ-39, the Telemundo O&O in Phoenix will air a half-hour of local news at 4:30 and at 10 pm MST on both Saturdays and Sundays.

The newscasts will also be simulcast on KHRR-40, the network’s Tucson station.

Telemundo Arizona is hiring a dozen additional staff members for the new newscasts.

Daniel Aguirre has been hired as weekend anchor. A lawyer in Mexico, Daniel was most recently the lead anchor for Milenio Noticias in Monterrey.

Ivan Valenzuela has been named weekend sports anchor. Prior to joining Telemundo, he worked at CNN Latino in Phoenix as sports anchor.

Karla Gomez-Escamilla also recently returned to Noticiero Telemundo Arizona as Bureau Chief responsible for leading the Tucson local news team and providing daily news reports from Tucson and along the U.S./Mexico border.

Henry Golac, the only Spanish-speaking meteorologist in the market, will be doing the weather for the station’s weekday newscasts.

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Ivan Valenzuela, Karla Gomez-Escamilla, and Henry Golac.

For the launch, the station will unveil a new set with high-definition monitors. Telemundo Arizona also invested in new technology, including cellular backpack units that will enable the station to provide live reporting during the week and on weekends from breaking news scenes across the state and extending to the U.S./Mexico border.

Araceli De León, President and Regional General Manager, Telemundo Southwest is overseeing the expansion and additional investment in the news division.

 

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Carlos Suarez promoted to weekend anchor at WPLG

Carlos Suarez promoted to weekend anchor at WPLG

Carlos SuarezReporter Carlos Suarez has been named WPLG’s new weekend evening anchor. The promotion comes two years after joining the Miami ABC affiliate.

WPLG is the second station Carlos has worked for since graduating from college.

Before landing at WPLG, Carlos worked as a reporter at WINK, the CBS affiliate in Fort Myers from 2010 to 2012.

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Peluffo rehired at KDTV

Peluffo rehired at KDTV

Jaime PeluffoAfter spending almost 11 years working for Telemundo, Emmy-award winning reporter Jaime Peluffo has left KSTS-48 in San Jose to join Univision’s KDTV-14.

This marks a return for Jaime to the Univision O&O in San Francisco, where he previously worked as a reporter from 2000 to 2001. He started the new job on July 1.

Jaime began his tenure at Telemundo working as a reporter at KSTS, but was forced to relocate when the network shut down local news operations and created the Telemundo Production Center (TPC) to produce regionalized news for several of its stations.

Telemundo has been re-establishing, reinforcing and expanding those previously eliminated news operations.

Jaime worked for the TPC in Arizona and in San Antonio before returning to San Jose.

He also worked for Univision San Antonio from 1997 to 2000, before moving to the Bay Area to work for KDTV.

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Enid Álvarez laid off from NY Daily News

Enid Álvarez laid off from NY Daily News

Enid_Alvarez-smallEnid Álvarez is one of 5 photographers laid off last Friday at the New York Daily News. About 17 newsroom staffers were downsized from the paper – the second layoff in a little over a year.

Enid had been a staff photographer with the Daily News since July of 2005.

On her Facebook page, she wrote about her departure:

“Farewell New York Daily News…Thanks for 9 years of the opportunity to photograph and meet many wonderful people and also to work along side of so many wonderful and talented photographers that I can call friends and will cherish forever. My new life begins now.”

In May of last year, columnist Albor Ruiz was among the approximately 20 people laid off at the paper.

Several NY pubs have been reporting on the recent layoffs, including Capital New York and the New York Post, which lists the names of the photographers and photo editors.

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Loizaga named Univision network weekend anchor

Loizaga named Univision network weekend anchor

Arantxa LoizagaArantxa Loizaga has left her anchor job at KWEX-41 in San Antonio to become the new network co-anchor for Univision’s weekend newscast. She replaces Lourdes Ramos, whose last day on the air was Sunday, July 13.

Arantxa won’t begin her weekend anchor gig until sometime in August. But starting Monday, July 28, she’ll be filling in for Satcha Pretto on “Despierta América” while she’s on maternity leave.

Arantxa was hired as a reporter at KWEX in 2007 and named primetime anchor of the station’s weekday newscasts in 2011.

She previously worked at Telemundo San Antonio in the news and commercial production departments for about two years. During that time, she was a TV show host, a video and audio editor, floor manager, and entertainment reporter.

Born and raised in Mexico City, she started her TV career at 18 as the host of a live children’s television show called the “Click Club.” Two years later, she moved to San Antonio with her family, where she has lived for the past 10 years.

She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism while working full-time as a reporter.

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Buzo named news director at WKTB

Buzo named news director at WKTB

Jorge_Buzo-head Jorge Buzo has been named news director and anchor of “Noticiero Telemundo Atlanta.”

In his new role, Jorge will lead the overall news operation, including specials and the management of the news team.

Jorge was most recently anchor and senior reporter at WKTB, the Telemundo affiliate in Atlanta. He has previously worked for Fox Sports and Televisa in Mexico.

Jorge joined WKTB in 2009, when he was brought in to start news briefs and a community affairs program.

“Noticiero Telemundo Atlanta” now airs half hour newscasts Monday through Friday at 6pm and 11pm.

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MSNBC, Telemundo & mun2 to air “Underwater Dreams” documentary

MSNBC, Telemundo & mun2 to air “Underwater Dreams” documentary

underwater_dreams2MSNBC and Telemundo will simultaneously broadcast a special one-hour television version of the documentary “Underwater Dreams,” which chronicles the story of four teenage boys, sons of undocumented Mexican immigrants who entered a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, and against all odds, won.

The documentary explores how enthusiasm, dedication and perseverance from the four boys and the two high school science teachers that helped them, made their dream a reality.

The film, by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio and narrated by actor Michael Peña, airs this Sunday, July 20, 2014, at 1 pm ET.

mun2 will air it the next day, Monday July 21 at 4 p.m. ET.

“Underwater Dreams” will be a central pillar of NBCUniversal’s Hispanic Enterprises new nationwide campaign, “Aprender es Triunfar,” aimed at closing the Latino student achievement gap, especially in STEM education.

As part of the efforts to reach Latino families with this inspirational message, AMC Theatres has committed to hosting 100 community screenings, free of charge, across the U.S. to enable school and non-profit groups to see the film on the big screen this summer and fall.

 

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The View tries out Ana Belaval

The View tries out Ana Belaval

Ana Belaval The ViewTwo spots have recently opened up on ABC’s “The View.” You would think this is a perfect opportunity to finally give one of those slots to a Latina co-host.

WGN-TV reporter Ana Belaval got a guest-host shot last Tuesday, sitting in with the women of “The View,” although when she shared her experience with her Chicago colleagues she said didn’t get much of a chance to participate.

Ana is an Emmy-award winning reporter, who has spent the last 9 years at WGN. She was previously a Univision network correspondent and a local news anchor. She has experience and charm and was very grateful for the opportunity.

It seems like every so often ABC tries out a Latina host, but isn’t truly committed to bringing one on board.

Now, one of the two slots suddenly open is already gone… Rosie O’Donnell is returning to the show after a 7-year absence.

The show has been on the air for 17 years. During that period of time, the producers have only invited a handful of Latinas to guest host: Naibe Reinoso in 2003 and Myrka Dellanos in 2006.

ABC fared a little better in 2013, inviting three women in one year: Pamela Silva Conde,  Nely Galán and Alicia Menéndez.

What will it take for ABC to finally give a full-time seat to a Latina at “The View?”

 

 

 

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Al Día partners with Telemundo 39 in Dallas

Al Día partners with Telemundo 39 in Dallas

Al Dia TelemundoDallas Spanish-language newspaper Al Día has teamed up with KXTX Telemundo 39 to share local news and collaborate on joint news projects, as well as promotions and events.

As part of the partnership, Telemundo 39 will preview Al Día’s top news stories every Tuesday and Friday evening on “Noticiero Telemundo 39” at 10 pm CT.

Al Día’s staff will also contribute to Telemundo 39 for sports and entertainment coverage.

The alliance between the two media outlets officially began July 1, but was just made public this week.

Al Día, published by The Dallas Morning News, has a circulation of 100,000 papers on Wednesday and 125,000 on Saturday.

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