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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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Anchor says she was fired for reporting sexual harassment; sues Estrella TV & Andrés Angulo

Anchor says she was fired for reporting sexual harassment; sues Estrella TV & Andrés Angulo

Estrella TV-Andres Angulo sexual harassment suit

Estrella TV parent company LBI Media Inc., Liberman Broadcasting, Inc. and Andrés Angulo are being sued by a former anchor who claims she was fired for reporting sexual harassment.

In the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, the anchor is suing for wrongful termination, sexual harassment and breach of contract.

The lawsuit lists the plaintiff as Jane Doe. But all the information listed in the document indicates the anchor in question is Adriana Ruggiero, who was hired in 2013 and was national anchor until April of this year.

A source has confirmed Ruggiero is Jane Doe.Adriana Ruggiero

Media Moves obtained a copy of the lawsuit, in which Ruggiero claims Andrés Angulo, Estrella TV’s Vice President of News, told her the company’s owner Lenard Liberman thought she didn’t look sexy enough to be promoted to national newscast anchor.

Angulo allegedly told Ruggiero she had “a beautiful pair of tits and should show them more.”

In the complaint, Ruggiero says she met with LBI’s general counsel and the VP of Human Resources, and suggested the company should investigate Angulo’s treatment of all the women at the station.

She claims she was terminated on April 20, 2016 due to her sexual harassment complaint.

Andres Angulo

Andrés Angulo, VP of News of Estrella TV.

Her last day on the air was April 29.

The lawsuit seeks past and future lost wages, “general damages for mental pain and anguish and emotional distress,” as well as punitive damages to punish LBI for wrongful conduct and “deter such conduct in the future.”

An LBI company spokesman would not address the lawsuit and accusations of sexual harassment. “Per company policy, we don’t comment on pending litigation.”

You can read a much more in-depth account of the accusations listed in the complaint in my story on Forbes.

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Adriana Ruggiero exits Estrella TV

Adriana Ruggiero exits Estrella TV

Adriana RuggieroNetwork anchor Adriana Ruggiero and Estrella TV are parting ways. Today will be her last day on the air, after almost 4 years with the company.

Adriana first joined Estrella TV in 2012 as a reporter for “Noticias 62” in Los Angeles and started co-anchoring the station’s 5 and 11 pm newscasts a year later.

In 2015, Adriana took over as anchor of national newscast “Noticiero Estrella TV” at 5:30 pm ET after Myrka Dellanos’ departure. She stepped in as primetime network anchor at 10:30 pm during Enrique Gratas’ illness and after his death in October of last year.

Adriana also hosted Sunday public affairs program “En La Lucha,” after the network parted ways with Hernán Molina, its original host.

Earlier this year, Estrella TV hired Mexican personality Pedro Ferriz Híjar to take over its 10:30 pm national newscast “Cierre de Edición” and “En La Lucha,” pushing Adriana out of both shows.

Adriana was reassigned to the 5:30 pm network newscast.

In a written statement, Adriana, said she is exploring new opportunities in the industry. “I am just very excited for all the new opportunities I know are coming.”

Before moving to Los Angeles, Adriana, an attorney in her native Venezuela, worked as a local news anchor at Televisora de Oriente and as Director of Communications of an international law firm.

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Estrella TV files FCC complaint against Comcast

Estrella TV files FCC complaint against Comcast

EstrellaTV-ComcastLiberman Broadcasting has filed a carriage complaint with the FCC against Comcast, claiming it’s discriminating against Estrella TV “for the purpose of benefitting its own Spanish-language networks Telemundo and NBC Universo.”

Estrella TV is currently off the air in Comcast households in Denver, Houston and Salt Lake City.

Liberman argues Comcast is violating FCC regulations and NBC Universal merger conditions by refusing to negotiate retransmission fees due to a conflict of interest as owner of Telemundo and NBC Universo.

The complaint, filed April 8, also claims Comcast is “seeking to exert its market position to unlawfully force Estrella to relinquish the digital rights to its own content as a condition for carriage.”

According to a B&C story, Liberman was trying to upgrade from must-carry status to retransmission consent, trying to negotiate license fees for the stations. But by choosing that option, if a deal isn’t reached, Comcast doesn’t have to carry them.

Comcast has responded to the complaint with this statement:

“Liberman Broadcasting has no case based on the law or the facts. First, as a threshold matter, the program carriage rules simply do not cover broadcasters like Liberman. They do not apply to broadcast networks. Second, Comcast did not drop Estrella TV; Liberman pulled the broadcast stations in three markets, and Comcast continues to carry Estrella TV to about six million subscribers across the country,” the company said in a statement.

This purported carriage complaint is just the latest attempt by Liberman to extract carriage and fees from Comcast that are in no way justified based on the weak performance of Estrella TV…Comcast negotiated in good faith for months before Liberman pulled the Estrella TV signals in the three markets. In fact, we offered to continue to carry the stations under the existing arrangements, which are the same terms we have with other, comparable stations.

Our decision not to pay the exorbitant price demanded by Liberman was a reasonable business judgment in the interest of our customers – and one that has been confirmed over the past year given the absence of any demand for Estrella TV in these markets.”

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Estrella TV hires Ferriz Híjar as national anchor

Estrella TV hires Ferriz Híjar as national anchor

Pedro Ferris

Pedro Ferriz

Mexican journalist Pedro Ferriz Híjar has been named anchor of Estrella TV’s 10:30 pm national newscast “Cierre de Edición.”

That’s the newscast that was launched in 2010 and anchored by Enrique Gratas until he died of cancer last year.

Pedro is moving from Mexico for this new role. His on-air debut will be sometime in mid to late February.

He was most recently primetime newscast anchor for Efekto TV and hosted a 3-hour nightly program on Poder México Radio.

A third generation broadcaster, he is the son of Mexican radio and TV personality Pedro Ferriz de Con and grandson of radio and TV presenter Pedro Ferriz Santacruz.

Pedro’s arrival means he will be unseating Adriana Ruggiero, who has been anchoring the newscast for the past several months.

Pedro will also take over the network’s public affairs/political show “En la lucha,” which Adriana has been hosting since December, after Estrella TV parted ways with Hernán Molina.

Adriana Ruggiero

Adriana Ruggiero

What will happen to Adriana?

Management is still trying to figure that out. But an executive told Media Moves that she will definitely remain with the network.

One of the options being considered is to have Adriana co-host the 5:30 pm national newscast. A final decision will be made within the next few weeks.

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Molina out at Estrella TV

Molina out at Estrella TV

Hernan Molina En la luchaFive months after the debut of the Sunday political program “En la lucha con Hernán Molina,” Estrella TV has parted ways with the political analyst and show’s host.

Initial rumors indicated the Liberman Broadcasting-owned network would cancel the show. Instead, management decided to make changes and has said it will continue the program with another host, yet to be named.

Hernán’s last show aired on November 29.

“I am very grateful to Estrella TV for affording me such an amazing opportunity to host a national public affairs show, in such a historical context as it is the increasing relevance of Latinos in national politics and the electoral process,” Hernán told Media Moves. “I was also lucky to work with very talented professionals that not only love to do what they do, they are also great human beings. I am ready for the next challenge and continuing my professional development and personal growth.”

According to a source, due to Hernán’s sudden departure, production was halted and there will be no new show taped for this Sunday.

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TV veteran Enrique Gratas dies after illness

TV veteran Enrique Gratas dies after illness

Enrique GratasAward-winning journalist Enrique Gratas passed away this afternoon, shortly before 3 pm PT at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. He was 70.

Enrique, who until last month was anchoring Estrella TV’s “Cierre de Edicion” national evening newscast, had taken a leave of absence to undergo medical treatment for an undisclosed illness.

A source tells Media Moves he had metastatic cancer.

“We will miss his tireless energy and devotion to the social causes of Latinos in the United States,” Andrés Angulo, Estrella TV’s Vice President of News wrote in a message. “At this time, we have no information regarding funeral arrangements, but as soon as we have the details, we will share it with you.”

During his 40-year journalism career, Enrique covered many high-profile news events, including Patty Hearst’s trial in 1975, a devastating earthquake in Guatemala in 1976, every U.S. president since Richard Nixon, the immigration reform of 1986, the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 and both wars in Iraq.

He began his career in radio in his native Argentina in 1966. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1971 and soon after, would start working in San Francisco at KDTV channel 60 “Tele Sesenta” as the Spanish-language station’s first news director. That station would later become Univision’s KDTV-14.

In 1978, he anchored the first Spanish-language sports program from Los Angeles station KMEX-34. From 1981 to 1985 he was the news director of WXTV, now Univision 41 in New York. In 1985 he became news director and anchor of KVEA-52 in Los Angeles.

Enrique reached nationwide fame when he became anchor of Telemundo’s national news magazine “Ocurrio Así,” a role he held from 1990 to 1999. That year, he moved to Univision, where he helped launch the network’s late night newscast “Última Hora.”

Enrique was among 300 staffers laid off, when Univision reduced 6% of its workforce in early 2009.

He returned to Los Angeles to become host of Estrella TV’s “Cierre de Edición” in 2010.

In a statement, LBI Media CEO Lenard Liberman said: “Enrique’s passing saddens me greatly, as I considered him a good friend and admired his talent as a journalist… He leaves a legacy of journalistic excellence in Spanish-language television, a legacy we will preserve here at Estrella TV.”

After several weeks off the air, Enrique recorded a message that was broadcast on his show on September 22 admitting he was ill and was “going through a very difficult period in his life.” Despite sounding weak, he was optimistic that he would recuperate from his illness.

This story was updated to include additional biographical details and Enrique Gratas’ pre-recorded message.

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Estrella TV cancels "Estrellas Hoy," launches "iTestigo"

Estrella TV cancels “Estrellas Hoy,” launches “iTestigo”

Estrellas Hoy

When they showed up to work, “Estrellas Hoy” staffers were told the show was cancelled effective that day.

Estrella TV abruptly cancelled “Estrellas Hoy,” laying off most of the entertainment and gossip show’s employees, including two of the show’s hosts, a reporter, and production staff.

According to an inside source, hosts Gino del Corte and Andrea Rincón, reporter Lupita Herrera, producer Juan Alberto Santos, writer Félix Castillo, and production assistant Ana Escobar are among those who lost their jobs.

The third host, Victoria del Rosal, was kept on board for the time being, because she participates in another network show called “Rica Famosa Latina,” which is currently in production for season 3, set to debut in August.

A small group of people from the show were reassigned to other positions within LBI Media.

“Estrellas Hoy,” which debuted in 2009, aired its last show at on Monday, July 27.

Staffers received a group text less than two hours after the final show aired, requesting they attend an early morning production meeting on Tuesday. A source says they thought they would be discussing the show’s planned move from 4 to 3 pm, to give their timeslot to the new program “I Testigo,” which debuted on Tuesday, July 28.

iTestigo promo

“iTestigo” took over “Estrellas Hoy’s” 4 pm timeslot.

Instead, they were told the company decided to cancel the show and that most of the team would be laid off.

Estrella TV’s new 4 pm show “iTestigo,” highlights video from citizen journalists. The program hosts are Venezuelan TV host Celeste Santana, who previously hosted “Marcador Final” and “Acceso Total” on Telemundo’s KVEA; actor and former Univision/Telefutura TV host Rodolfo Jiménez, and María Elena Anaya, a finalist in Univision’s 2014 “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”

The 3 pm timeslot, where “Estrellas Hoy” was supposed to be moved to, now airs a repeat of cancelled show “A que no puedes VIP.”

Estrella TV did not respond to a request for comment.

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