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Univision partners with ABC in the Bay Area

Univision partners with ABC in the Bay Area

univision kgoKGO, the ABC O&O in San Francisco has struck a deal with Univision’s KDTV-14 to collaborate on stories of interest to their viewers.

Both stations are calling it a “strategic alliance” that will allow KGO and KDTV to share news content and also cross promote their newscasts.

The agreement is part of ongoing efforts between ABC and Univision to share news content. In December of last year, WUVP-TV Univision 65 and WPVI-TV 6 ABC in Philadelphia announced a similar partnership.

Disney-ABC and Univision are also partners in the cable joint venture Fusion, which launched in October of 2013.

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Perez leaves ABC News anchor job

Perez leaves ABC News anchor job

Diana PerezDiana Perez has left her job as co-anchor of ABC’s overnight news program “World News Now” and “America This Morning” to spend time with her family. She gave birth to her second child earlier this year. Her last day was Friday, May 30.

Diana joined ABC News in April 2012 as a correspondent for NewsOne, ABC News’ affiliate news service. She was previously weekend evening anchor at CBS station WBZ-TV in Boston. Before that, she spent 3 years as a bureau reporter and fill-in anchorat WVIT, the NBC O&O in Connecticut.

Perez was the main bureau reporter and fill-in anchor at NBC Connecticut. She began her on-air career as a reporter and morning news anchor at News 12 The Bronx in New York City.

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Countdown to Fusion launch

Countdown to Fusion launch

ABC and Univision will simulcast portions of their morning shows to promote Fusion.

ABC and Univision will simulcast portions of their morning shows to promote Fusion.

Univision’s “Despierta América” and ABC’s “Good Morning America” “fuse” for a day to celebrate the launch of Fusion tonight at 6:57 pm, ET.

Karla Martínez and Raúl González of “Despierta América” will join the “GMA” team live in Times Square while ABC’s Lara Spencer and Sam Champion travel to Miami to be live from the “Despierta América” set.  The hosts of  Fusion’s “The Morning Show” – Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio, and Yannis Pappas – will participate in crossover event from the “Despierta América” set.

The ABC and Univision morning shows will simulcast portions of their broadcasts to both television networks. That’s the lead up to the debut of the new network, a joint venture between ABC and Univision.

Fusion-logo650The concept of Fusion has evolved since the joint venture was first announced as a “multiplatform news and information service for U.S. Hispanics” in May of 2012. Later billed as a “cable news and lifestyle network” targeting Hispanic millenials, now Fusion is describing itself as “a news, pop culture and satire TV and digital network” that  “will engage and champion a young, diverse, and inclusive America,” with no mention of “Hispanic millenials.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Menéndez guest co-hosts The View

Menéndez guest co-hosts The View

Alicia_MenendezWe’re just one week away from the launch of Fusion network, and the promotional efforts have been ramped up between Univision and ABC.

As part of the joint venture’s cross-promotional opportunities, Fusion anchor Alicia Menéndez will be guest co-hosting “The View” tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 22.

A Harvard grad, Alicia is the daughter of Sen. Robert Menéndez, and has previously been a political commentator on cable news networks FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.

Despite the country’s growing Hispanic population, the ABC female talk show has failed to name a full-time Latina co-host. The show’s most recent vacancy (after Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s departure) was filled with Jenny McCarthy – a missed opportunity to give a much needed Latina voice to the show.

In July of this year, Nely Galán guest-hosted the show. In May, Pamela Silva Conde joined the female talk-show roundtable for a day.

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Mora gets show on Al Jazeera America

Mora gets show on Al Jazeera America

Antonio MoraEmmy Award-winning journalist and anchor Antonio Mora has joined Al Jazeera America as host of “Consider This,” a current affairs talk show. The program will air weeknights at 10 pm, starting August 20, when the network is scheduled to launch.  He’ll be moving to New York City, where his show will be based. He’ll be commuting to Miami on weekends, where his family will remain.

“I’m really excited,” Antonio tells me. “I was testing the waters to see what was out there.  There were a number of possibilities, but this became the best and most interesting of them all – an interview show on a national basis.”

Although his hiring was announced on Friday, Antonio officially started the new job on Monday, July 22 and has already begun show rehearsals.
“The intention of the format is to try to focus on one newsmaker and do a very long interview at the top of the show. Then there’ll be a panel where we’ll bring in  real Americans into the conversation, instead of using the regular pundits, to be part of the discussion of the issue of the day.  And it will have an active component, where we’ll include questions from viewers and get them into the show in real time.  We’re going to offer thoughtful discussion without being as hurried as most networks are.”

Antonio has been off the air since December of 2012, when he left WFOR, channel 4, the CBS O&O in Miami, where he had been an anchor for 4 years. He says he had been considering several options, including a local news anchor gig, but that the Al Jazeera America offer was the most appealing.

“I’ve been very impressed with how serious they are and how much they really want to do serious and in depth news rather than the most the salacious news of the day,” he says. “They’re now the biggest news network in the world. They’re going to have more bureaus in the U.S. than american networks, and internally, they don’t want to waste time airing the Jodi Arias trial. They want to do real news.  A lot of networks now cover trials and forget about what’s really happening in the rest of the world.”

Prior to his anchor job at CBS 4 in Miami, Antonio spent 6 years at WBBM in Chicago.  From 1994 to 2002, Antonio was a news anchor, senior correspondent and regular substitute host for “Good Morning America.”  He also anchored breaking news coverage for ABC News, served as a correspondent for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” and was a regular substitute anchor for the weekend edition of “World News Tonight.”  He was the daily backup anchor for Peter Jennings in the weeks following the September 11 attacks.  He also reported for “Nightline” and “20/20.”

A Harvard Law grad, he began his TV career as a sports anchor and reporter for Univision 41, later joining Telemundo 47 in New York as an anchor and producer. Before launching his broadcast carreer, he was a corporate finance attorney.

Al Jazeera America has made several high-profile hires this past week.  ABC news vet Kate O’Brian was named President of the network on Monday. Marc Gatto, formerly of Discovery, Turner and CNN was named EVP for Broadcast Operations and Technology on Tuesday.  A day later, it was announced former CNN and CBS correspondent Joie Chen was tapped to host “America Tonight,” the channel’s daily prime time news and current affairs magazine program.

Earlier this month, Soledad O’Brien signed a deal with Al Jazeera America and in late June, Julio Varela joined Al Jazeera English as a Digital Producer for “The Stream,” which will air on Al Jazeera America after its launch.

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Galán to guest co-host on The View

Galán to guest co-host on The View

Nely GalanMedia entrepreneur Nely Galán will be a guest co-host on “The View” tomorrow, July 11.  The former President of Entertainment for Telemundo and reality show producer is one of a handful of Latinas who have been invited as guest co-hosts throughout the years.

This past May, Univision anchor Pamela Silva joined the female talk-show roundtable.

Today, Elisabeth Hasselbeck announced she’s leaving “The View” to join Fox News Channel’s morning show “Fox & Friends.”

Since its launch in 1997, “The View” has failed to include a permanent Latina co-host, with the exception of a few guest-host spots.

When asked today if ABC will strengthen its recruiting efforts to have a steady Latina co-host on the show, publicity director Lauri Hogan replied in an email statement:

“Viewers will continue to see a variety of guest co-hosts/potential candidates, those of different gender, age, experience and background who are spontaneous, opinionated, entertaining and engaging.”

Since its launch in 1997, the show has had an Asian-American – Laura Ling –  and several African-American women co-hosts – Star Jones, Whoopi Goldberg and Sherri Shepherd.

Hasselbeck’s departure is a perfect opportunity for ABC to fill that slot with a full-time Latina host.  It’s about time.

 

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Silva Conde guest hosts on ABC’s The View

Silva Conde guest hosts on ABC’s The View

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Pamela Silva guest hosts on The View on May 21, 2013.

It looks like the ABC/Univision partnership is proving fruitful for some of the Spanish-language network’s talent.

Pamela Silva Conde, “Primer Impacto” anchor and the wife of Univision Networks President César Conde, was guest host today on ABC’s morning weekday talkshow “The View.”

Introduced in the opening as a “Univision superstar,” Pamela will also guest-host tomorrow.

“The View” is currently in its 16th season.  Since its launch in 1997, the show has failed to include a Latina co-host, with the exception of a few guest-host spots.

Former Univision “Primer Impacto” anchor Myrka Dellanos did a 2-show stint back in 2006.

Azteca América morning show anchor Naibe Reynoso was also invited to guest host 2 days in 2003.

Naibe Reynoso with Barbara Walters

Naibe Reynoso with Barbara Walters on The View in 2003.

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Myrka Dellanos with Meredith Vieira on The View in 2006.

 

Anchors María Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos have also appeared on ABC News during the presidential elections last year.

You can watch today’s episode with Pamela Conde here:

http://watchabc.go.com/the-view/SH559080/VDKA0_jk1wf9zi/the-view-521

 

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Fusion names board of directors, reveals more details

Fusion names board of directors, reveals more details

The new Univision/ABC cable network, slated to launch at the end of the summer, is starting to take shape.

While information has been slow and hard to obtain about many aspects of the joint venture, some details have been revealed.

Fusion doesn’t yet have a CEO, but according to Univision Networks President César Conde, they’re currently interviewing candidates for the position.

Both networks have recently provided the names of Fusion’s first board of directors, who’ll have the final say over the cable network.

The three board members representing ABC are Ben Sherwood, President of ABC News, Anne Sweeney, Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney/ABC Television Group and Kevin Mayer, Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development for Disney.

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Ben Sherwood, Anne Sweeney, and Kevin Mayer.

Univision’s three board representatives are Isaac Lee, President of Univision News, César Conde, President of Univision Networks and Andrew Hobson, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Univision Communications.

Isaac Lee, César Conde, Andrew Hobson.

Isaac Lee, César Conde, Andrew Hobson.

I’ve written a detailed feature story for TVNewsCheck about more developments at Fusion, which highlights the few hires made so far, some of the future plans and analysis of the viability of the network.

 

 

 

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ABC/Univision joint venture will be called Fusion

ABC/Univision joint venture will be called Fusion

Univision-ABC2013After months of mystery, the ABC/Univision joint venture finally has a name.  The cable news and lifestyle network will be called Fusion and will launch in the second half of 2013, according to a joint statement issued moments ago.

Three weeks ago, Univision said the expected launch of the network was in September.

When it launches, Fusion will be available in millions of households nationwide. Five of the nation’s biggest cable distributors have already agreed to carry the network. Among them: Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber.

ABC and Univision say the new network will focus on the issues most relevant for U.S. Hispanics, including the economy, entertainment, music, food, immigration, pop culture, education, politics, health and wellness and more.

The new network now has a name… but no logo yet.

Fusion will be based in Miami.

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Avila named first ABC/Univision White House correspondent

Avila named first ABC/Univision White House correspondent

Jim Avila (Photo courtesy: ABC)

Jim Avila (Photo courtesy: ABC)

ABC News President Ben Sherwood today announced that Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila is expanding his duties.  Starting later this year, he will be the first White House correspondent for the ABC/Univision joint venture. He’ll continue to contribute to 20/20.

Jim has been assigned to lead the charge for ABC News on covering Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community.

Prior to joining ABC News, Jim was a national correspondent for NBC’s “Nightly News.” He was previously an anchor and investigative reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles.

Jim is the first correspondent announced to be joining the ABC/Univision joint venture talent pool.

 

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