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Ramos hit by CNN layoffs

Ramos hit by CNN layoffs

Mari RamosWeather anchor Mari Ramos is no longer with CNN. She was among the hundreds of people recentnly laid off from the network. She signed off from the air last Wednesday.

CNN announced it was slashing about 1,500 jobs nationwide as part of its restructuring of the company.

Mari had been with CNN since 1999, presenting weather segments on CNN Newsroom, News Stream, World Business Today and CNN International. She has also appeared on CNN, Headline News and CNN en Español.

Before joining CNN in 1999, Mari worked as an on-camera meteorologist and reporter for The Weather Channel Latin America.

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CNN cancels Vélez-Mitchell, cuts underway

CNN cancels Vélez-Mitchell, cuts underway

Jane_Velez_MitchellCNN’s plans to lay off about 1500 people has begun.

Jane Velez-Mitchell is the first high profile talent casualty of CNN’s deep restructuring. The network cancelled Jane’s nightly HLN show, effective today. She, as well as her entire staff – about 15 people – are leaving the company.

The last episode aired last night. Today’s 7 pm ET time slot will be filled by “Forensic Files.”

Jane’s show would have celebrated its 6th year anniversary this coming Friday. Originally launched as “Issues with Jane Velez-Mitchell” on October 17, 2008, when Glen Beck left CNN for Fox News Network, the show’s title changed to “Jane Velez Mitchell” in February of 2012.

Before hosting her own show on HLN, Jane worked for Nancy Grace as producer and fill-in host.

She previously reported for the nationally syndicated show “Celebrity Justice” and spent more than a decade anchoring and reporting for KCAL-TV in Los Angeles. Before that, she was a reporter/anchor for eight years at WCBS-TV in New York City.

According to a story on The Wrap, Jane’s show was struggling in ratings. It lost 31% in total viewers in the third quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013. The program averaged 227,000 in total viewers and fewer than 100,000 in the 25-54 news demo in the most-recent full quarter.

CNN today also shut down its entertainment unit, eliminating top entertainment producers. It also cut Christiane Amanpour’s NY staff.

Turner Broadcasting last week announced plans to reduce its workforce by 10% – estimated at about 1,500 employees.

The layoffs will affect staffers in Atlanta, NY, Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles.

Approximately 900 employees from different Turner divisions in Atlanta will be let go. CNN Worldwide will lose a total of 170.

These latest layoffs follow cuts at CNN and Turner in Atlanta last Wednesday. Apparently, mostly sales employees from CNN and HLN and some workers from TNT were affected.

Back in August, the company offered voluntary buyouts to 550 employees, indicating that if not enough staffers accepted the voluntary buyouts, there would be layoffs. Only about 130 CNN Worldwide employees took a buyout.

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CNN moves Machado to Miami

CNN moves Machado to Miami

Alina_Machado-trimmedCNN announced today that correspondent Alina Machado will be leaving Atlanta to be based in Miami for the network.  A Miami native, Alina joined CNN last year.

In a statement, Terence Burke, VP of domestic newsgathering for CNN/U.S. attributed the move to capitalizing on her “fluency in Spanish” to give the network “the opportunity for deeper and broader coverage across multiple platforms.”

When CNN hired her in March of last year, the network announced Alina would report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino, the syndicated news block that will cease to exist later this month.

Prior to CNN, Alina was a reporter for the ABC-TV affiliate WSB-TV2 in Atlanta and before that, she was at ABC 11 – WTVD in Raleigh.

 

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Sambolín leaves CNN

Sambolín leaves CNN

zoraida_sambolin-smallAfter two years with the network, Zoraida Sambolín is leaving CNN.  Her last day as host of “Early Start” is Friday, December 13.  She’ll be moving back to Chicago with her family.

Zoraida, a mother of two, was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and underwent a double mastectomy. She’s currently cancer free.

“Walking away from morning television will be very difficult for me, it’s what I love and do best,” Zoraida says.  “My work this past year raising awareness about breast cancer was incredibly fulfilling and that will hold some prominence in my future plans as well.  For now I am going to huddle with my family and figure out which opportunities work best for us.”

When asked if she has plans to work in the Chicago market, Zoraida says she’s keeping her options open. “There are some great opportunities in Chicago that I’m exploring but I’d also like to keep a national presence.”

Her cancer scare has made her focus on what’s important.  On her Facebook page, she told fans: “This past year has been full of challenges, blessings and a tremendous amount of reflection. I have come to realize that in order for me to be happy, my family has to be my first priority.”

Before joining CNN in 2011, Zoraida spent 9 years at Chicago’s WMAQ, where she was a weekday morning anchor of NBC5 News Today in Chicago and special assignment reporter and fill-in news anchor for Telemundo.
 

 

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Valencia promoted to full time reporter at CNN

Valencia promoted to full time reporter at CNN

Nick ValenciaNick Valencia has just signed a new 2 year contract at CNN.  He is now national news reporter for the cable news network. His new position was officially announced on Monday.

Nick regularly appears across HLN, CNN International and CNN en Español, and files reports for CNN.com.

He has been at the network since March of 2006, starting out as a teleprompter operator, before moving to associate producer for CNNI’s “Inside Africa” and taking on roles as national and international desk editor.

 

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Cabrera joins CNN as Denver correspondent

Cabrera joins CNN as Denver correspondent

Ana CabreraEmmy award-winner Ana Cabrera joins CNN as a correspondent based in Denver. Terence Burke, VP of newsgathering for CNN/U.S. made the announcement today.

For the past 4 years, Ana was morning anchor for KMGH-TV 7 News, the ABC affiliate in Denver, where she covered local and national news.

She started her career as an anchor and reporter at NBC affiliate KHQ-TV and FOX affiliate KAYU-TV in Spokane, Washington in January of 2005. She previously interned for Denver’s CBS affiliate KCNC-TV and KMGH-TV.

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O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America

O’Brien joins Al Jazeera America

Soledad_Obrien-smallEmmy Award-winning journalist Soledad O’Brien has signed a deal with Al Jazeera America to be a special correspondent for the news channel scheduled to launch in August.

As part of the deal, she’ll contribute short-form segments as Special Correspondent to Al Jazeera America’s primetime current affairs magazine program “America Tonight,” through her production company, Starfish Media Group.  She’ll also produce hour-long documentary specials, according to a statement released today by the network.

“I look forward to beginning a relationship with Al Jazeera America, which has made a commitment to producing quality programming and pursuing underreported stories,” Soledad said in a statement. “I am thrilled to be back in business with Kim Bondy, who is a long-time friend and among the finest journalists in the broadcast news business today. With this agreement, Starfish continues its expansion as a cross-platform media company dedicated to compelling storytelling and enterprise journalism.”

Kim Bondy, “America Tonight’s” Sr Executive Producer, has worked with Soledad since 1997 at CNN.

Soledad was removed from the anchor chair and her morning show “Starting Point” at CNN was canceled earlier this year.  She then created her production company to produce documentaries.

Just a couple of weeks ago, she signed a content development deal with HBO and announced she would join “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.”

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O’Brien signs deal with HBO

O’Brien signs deal with HBO

Soledad O'brienSoledad O’Brien has signed a content development deal with HBO that gives the network first look at scripted projects and long-form programming concepts developed by her Starfish Media Group.

Soledad will also join “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, her first piece is about an innovative regimen at a San Diego fight club that helps veterans combat mental illness and PTSD.  It will air on the June 25 edition of “Real Sports.”

Soledad left CNN earlier this year after getting pulled off the anchor chair, when incoming President Jeff Zucker canceled her morning show and did a talent shuffle.

 

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Flores named CNN correspondent

Flores named CNN correspondent

Rosa FloresRosa Flores joins CNN as a New York City-based correspondent and substitute anchor.  She starts the new job in July.

She most recently anchored the late afternoon newscast at WBRZ, the ABC affiliate in Baton Rouge.

Before moving to Louisiana’s capital city, Flores covered enterprise and breaking news stories at WDSU-TV, the NBC affiliate in New Orleans, Louisiana.  

Before that, she reported for KHOU-TV, the CBS affiliate in Houston and KWTV in Oklahoma City.

Flores is the author of “Progreso,” a history book about her hometown on the Texas-Mexico border.  

 

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Machado joins CNN

Machado joins CNN

Alina_Machado-trimmedAlina Machado has joined CNN as an Atlanta-based correspondent. The network announced Alina will report for CNN, CNN en Español and CNN Latino.

She was most recently a reporter for the ABC-TV affiliate WSB-TV2 in Atlanta and before that, she was at ABC 11 – WTVD in Raleigh.

Alina previously worked in Milwaukee as a bi-lingual anchor and correspondent for duopoly Telemundo WDJT-TV/CBS-58, serving as a general assignment reporter for WDJT CBS-58 in English, while anchoring for Telemundo in Spanish.

She started her broadcast journalism career at NBC-TV affiliate WGEM-TV in Missouri, while studying at the Medill School of Journalism.

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