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Estrella TV fires Amezola the same day of Angulo’s exit

Estrella TV fires Amezola the same day of Angulo’s exit

Karla AmezolaEstrella TV anchor Karla Amezola, who sued her boss VP of News Andrés Angulo for sexual harassment, was fired Tuesday.

The company confirms she was terminated the same day that Angulo resigned from his post.

Amezola, who first reported him to Human Resources a year ago, filed a lawsuit against Angulo and Liberman Broadcasting for sexual harassment in June of last year.

That lawsuit is still pending.

You can read more details and Amezola’s reaction to her dismissal on Forbes.

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VP of News Andrés Angulo resigns from Estrella TV

VP of News Andrés Angulo resigns from Estrella TV

Estrella TV’s VP of News Andrés Angulo has resigned, effective immediately, according to company sources.

Angulo leaves the company amid allegations of sexual harassment. His last day was Tuesday, February 28.

Two female anchors – Karla Amezola and Adriana Ruggiero (who is no longer with the company) – last year filed sexual harassment lawsuits against Angulo.

Both complaints also name Liberman Broadcasting/LBI Media, for failing to protect them for unwanted sexual advances, even after reporting the alleged acts to the company’s Human Resources department.

No word at this time on the status of those lawsuits.

Angulo joined LBI Media as News Director of KRCA-62 in 2011 and was promoted to VP of News a year later.

A spokesperson would not comment on Angulo’s departure or if he would be replaced.

In October of last year, Andrea Ospina was hired as VP of Local News, presumably to act as a buffer between Angulo and anchor Amezola, as well as other female employees, although the company would not address or comment on the reasons behind the hire.

 

Updated to reflect his final day at the company.

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Estrella TV signs multi-year deal with DISH

Estrella TV signs multi-year deal with DISH

Estrella TV - DISHLBI Media has signed a multiyear agreement with DISH that will expand Estrella TV network’s U.S. distribution to approximately 40 million homes.

Due to “must carry” rules, Dish been carrying Estrella TV O&O Stations in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Salt Lake City.

But thanks to the deal – the first between DISH and LBI Media – the satellite operator will now carry Estrella TV’s national feed in every U.S. market on their AT200 and Dish Latino Tiers.

According to the company, this new national carriage deal will strengthen Estrella TV’s brand nationwide and allow it to compete more effectively in the marketplace.

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Estrella TV debuts two morning shows

Estrella TV debuts two morning shows

Anaís Salazar, José Luis González and Claudia González

From L to R: Anaís Salazar, José Luis González and Claudia González.

Estrella TV is expanding original programming to its weekday mornings.

The network today launched its first ever national morning newscast and morning shows.

Newscast “Primera Edición” kicks off the day at 7:30 am/6:30 CT, followed by one-hour entertainment program “Buenos Días Familia” at 8 am/7 CT.

Anaís Salazar will anchor the morning newscast. She’ll also do news updates throughout “Buenos Días.”

José Luis González and Claudia González will host the new entertainment program, which will feature celebrity interviews, human-interest stories and entertainment news.

Anaís and Claudia both have been co-hosting Estrella TV’s “iTestigo.” José Luis has had a long history at the network. He was the host of the controversial “José Luis Sin Censura,” and has also hosted “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento.”

Both shows are executive produced by Juan Alberto Santos, who will also continue to EP “En Vivo,” which airs weekdays at 12:30 pm in the Los Angeles market and nationally at 5 pm/4 pm CT.

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MundoMax to shut down, Estrella TV takes over affiliates

MundoMax to shut down, Estrella TV takes over affiliates

MundoMax - Estrella TVThe struggling network that started as a joint venture in 2012 between Fox International Channels and RCN Colombia will soon be off the air for good, according to inside sources.

MundoMax, which was born MundoFox and was rebranded last year when RCN parted ways with Fox and took sole ownership of the network, is negotiating exits with the last remaining affiliates it has in the United States.

In the past few months, several stations have already changed affiliations from MundoMax to independent status as those affiliate contracts expired, including WOCK channel 13 in Chicago, KFWD channel 52 in Dallas, KCNS channel 38 in San Francisco and WTBS channel 26 in the Atlanta area.

“The signal is no longer viable and they will no longer broadcast,” states an insider. When asked about the possibility of a cable only operation, the source says management is liquidating all assets and is apparently looking to cut its losses by eliminating MundoMax.

MundoMax management has ignored multiple requests for comment since Media Moves first reported the affiliate shutdown in early October.

According to a source, MundoMax will go off the air at Meruelo Media-owned KWHY-22 in Los Angeles at the end of this month. The network may continue to broadcast a little longer at WGEN-TV in Miami if executives can’t negotiate a buyout before the affiliate contract expires.

Dismal ratings (often a 0 rating), distribution problems and Colombian programming that never took off with the U.S. Hispanic audience have led to the network’s demise.

As MundoMax winds down, Estrella TV has seen an opportunity.

The LBI Media network, which seeks to expand its reach, will take over affiliation from two MundoMax stations – Cocola Broadcasting-owned KGMC channel 43.1 Fresno and Sun Broadcasting-owned WXCW channel 46.2 Ft. Myers-Naples.

LBI will also add Cocola Broadcasting-owned KWSM Santa Barbara as a new Estrella TV affiliate.

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Estrella TV confirms hiring Ospina as VP of Local News

Estrella TV confirms hiring Ospina as VP of Local News

Andrea OspinaAs Media Moves first reported in September, Andrea Ospina is moving to Los Angeles to work for Estrella TV.

The company today officially announced Ospina has been named to the newly created role of VP of Local News for KRCA-62. She starts the new role on Monday, October 10.

Ospina becomes the first female to lead the L.A. station’s local news division. She’ll be reporting to the company’s head of production, Ivan Stoilkovich.

Her hiring comes at a time when the company is facing two sexual harassment lawsuits from former anchor Adriana Ruggiero, named in the complaint as “Jane Doe,” and current news anchor Karla Amezola. Both complaints explicitly name Angulo as the alleged perpetrator of the unlawful behavior, and Estrella TV’s parent company LBI Media for not doing enough to protect them from the sexual harassment.

With this move, starting next week, Amezola should be directly reporting to Ospina, not Angulo.

Ospina arrives to Estrella TV from KTMD Telemundo in Houston, where she Assistant News Director for less than five months. She was previously News Director at KTAZ Telemundo Arizona for five years.

Story was updated to reflect that Ospina will report to Ivan Stoilkovich, not Andrés Angulo as was previously indicated by the company.

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LBI Media signs deal to air Estrella TV on DirecTV

LBI Media signs deal to air Estrella TV on DirecTV

Estrella TV DirecTVLBI Media, parent company of Estrella TV, has signed a multi-year carriage agreement with AT&T to have its network on DirecTV.

The deal places the network on DirecTV’s Hispanic package, expanding its national coverage.

Prior to this agreement, Estrella TV was only available on DirectTV in Los Angeles, Dallas, Houston, Denver and Salt Lake City through local market broadcast affiliations.

Starting today, Estrella TV is available on DirecTV’s Channel 442.

According to the company, the carriage deal will allow Estrella TV to further invest in its original programming strategy and build the network’s brand.

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Armed with audio recordings, anchor Karla Amezola sues Angulo & Estrella TV for sexual harassment

Armed with audio recordings, anchor Karla Amezola sues Angulo & Estrella TV for sexual harassment

Karla Amezola

Estrella TV Karla Amezola claims she was sexually harassed by the network’s VP of News Andrés Angulo for years, but after the inappropriate advances escalated, she decided to report him. And when the company allegedly ignored her, she hired an attorney to take her case to court.

Amezola was the first Estrella TV anchor to file a lawsuit against Angulo and Estrella TV parent company Liberman Broadcasting, Inc., but her case surfaced only after a lawsuit by another co-worker was made public.

The biggest difference in Amezola’s case is that she apparently has a series of audio recordings allegedly catching Angulo sexually propositioning her.

The complaint, filed on June 23 in Los Angeles Superior Court, cites a history of harassment, detailing instances of Angulo’s “shameless and disgusting acts” that “continued to escalate in levels of depravity.”

An LBI spokesman would not comment on the cases while there is pending litigation.

Adding Amezola’s lawsuit, now two Estrella TV anchors have taken legal action against LBI and Angulo, accusing the company of ignoring their concerns and well-being after reporting their supervisor’s allegedly inappropriate behavior to a human resources representative.

You can read the description of the alleged instances of sexual harassment, all the details about the complaint, why Amezola’s attorneys believe she has a strong case and why more victims of harassment will step forward in my Forbes story Sex, Lies And Audiotape: Another Anchor Files Sexual Harassment Suit Against Estrella TV And News VP.

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