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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 launches political show

Estrella TV launches political show

Hernan MolinaPolitical analyst Hernán Molina has landed his own show on Estrella TV network. “En La Lucha con Hernán Molina,” a weekly political show focusing on the most pressing current affairs impacting the Latino community in the United States, will air Sundays at 1 pm PT.

Featuring a panel of guests, the show aims to provide a forum of debate and discussion on such hot topics as immigration, income inequality, the economy, education and advancement opportunities for immigrants and the Latino community in general.

The first show debuted on June 28.

This is the first time the Liberman-owned network produces a weekly political program.

Hernán is also Managing Editor of “En la lucha,” sharing duties with Andrés Angulo, VP of News for EstrellaTV, who is also the Executive Producer of the show.

Ángeles Prado is the show’s general producer and Alexis Ovalles is the show’s assistant producer.

For the past 3 years, Hernán has provided political analysis for the newscasts of EstrellaTV’s flagship station KRCA Channel 62 and has appeared on Noticias MundoFox 22 in Los Angeles and on national newscast “Noticias MundoFox.”

He has also provided political analysis and commentary on Univision’s KMEX 34, “Noticias Univision Fin de Semana,” CNN En Español and Colombia’s NTN24 network.

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Méndez leaves Estrella TV

Méndez leaves Estrella TV

Juan Jose MendezReporter Juan José Méndez has left Estrella TV to become a a freelance news correspondent for Telemundo Network.

His last day at the LBI Media-owned network was June 17.

Juan José joined Estrella TV as a news reporter for Los Angeles station KRCA 62 in 2006. He was promoted to Senior News Correspondent for Estrella TV’s national newscast in October of 2013.

He began his career in his native El Salvador, where he spent 4 years as a news reporter for Noticias 4 Visión.

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Estrella TV promotes, shuffles on-air talent

Estrella TV promotes, shuffles on-air talent

Adriana Ruggiero

Adriana Ruggiero

After the departure of Myrka Dellanos from its national news program and Mirthala Salinas’ resignation from its weekday afternoon newscasts in May, Estrella TV has officially announced their replacements.

Adriana Ruggiero, 11 pm anchor of LA’s KRCA-62 newscast, has taken over Myrka’s role as anchor of “Noticiero Estrella TV” at 5:30 pm ET.

Adriana was replaced at 11 pm by Hilda Gutiérrez, who was moved from the 12 noon newscast to share the anchor desk with Karla Amezola.

Due to Mirthala’s vacancy and Hilda’s move to evenings, two anchor spots were left open.

In order to fill those spots, management promoted reporter Dulce Castellanos to 12 pm anchor and paired her with Rosy Martell, who had previously anchored sports and weather.


Rosy Martell and Dulce Castellanos anchor the 12 pm newscast.

An attorney and anchor in her native Venezuela, Adriana moved to Los Angeles in 2012, where she began as a reporter for “Noticias 62,” before co-anchoring the station’s 5 and 11 pm newscasts.

Dulce and Hilda both began their broadcast careers at KRCA-62. Dulce started as a reporter for Noticias 62 in 2012 and Hilda as an associate producer for “Noticias 62 En Vivo” in 2010, before moving to a reporter position.


Hilda Gutierrez and Karla Amezola anchor the 5 and 11 pm newscasts.

Rosy began her broadcast journey with TV Azteca in 2003. She has been an anchor and reporter for multiple shows, including Azteca’s “Al Extremo.”

She joined Estrella TV as a sports anchor in 2013, before getting moved to the weekday noon newscast.

“We’re very excited about promoting the new generation of Latino journalists and news anchors in this key market,” Andrés Angulo, VP of News tells Media Moves. “We truly are a source of professional growth, by promoting from within.”

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Kenny out, Malfa in at Estrella TV

Kenny out, Malfa in at Estrella TV

Judy Kenny and Susan Malfa

Judy Kenny (L) and Susan Malfa.

Estrella TV has hired NBCU executive Susan Malfa as their new EVP, Network Sales and Marketing. She’ll be based in NY and report to COO Winter Horton.

Malfa replaces Judy Kenny, a former News Corp and Univision EVP, who held the role since January of 2013.

Kenny’s last day with the company was Friday, May 15. Malfa took over the role on Monday, May 18.

Malfa spent the last 8 years as SVP of sales for Bravo Media, Oxygen Media and Women at NBCUniversal. She was previously SVP of Ad Sales at Court TV Network. Before that, she was SVP Advertising Sales at Comedy Central, where she worked for 12 years.

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Estrella TV set to launch in Sacramento

Estrella TV set to launch in Sacramento

Estrella TV logoLiberman Broadcasting is partnering with Hearst-owned MyNetworkTV affiliate KQCA to launch Estrella TV in Sacramento.

The 24-hour Spanish-language network will be available on multicast channel 58.3.

As part of the Estrella TV Sacramento launch, KQCA is expanding its promotions team to include several Spanish-speaking members, who will focus on engaging with the community at local Hispanic events.

The launch date is set for June 1.

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Estrella TV targets millenials with new multi-channel net

Estrella TV targets millenials with new multi-channel net

Fenomeno studios logoExecutives at Estrella TV, claiming their 18-34 audience has been consistently growing during the past two years, have decided to jump all in with the launch of a new multi-channel network targeting millenials in June.

In order to feed that network, Estrella TV is also launching Fenómeno Studios – a 23,000 square foot facility in Burbank, close to its headquarters – that will house a creative space with production stages, edit bays and offices.

The space will be necessary to accommodate new production staff and You Tube talent that will have its content distributed on the Fenómeno network.

“The studios will be an incubator for new talent,” Judy Kenny, EVP of Network Sales and Marketing, tells Media Moves. “We’re not taking TV content and extending it to the multi-channel network. We’re creating new content with our stars [from Estrella TV shows] and YouTube stars with a fan base, which will help us aggregate traffic.”

Luis Coronel

Estrella TV is betting on popular singer Luis Coronel to bring his 3 million Facebook fans to his own Fenómeno channel.

Kenny says existing talent, such as 19 year-old singer Luis Coronel, a celebrity judge on Estrella TV’s talent show “Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento,” who has amassed 3.5 million Facebook fans and over 280,000 Twitter followers, will have his own channel on Fenómeno network. “We’ll be using his followers to generate his channel,” she says.

Estrella radio DJ and TV host/comedian Juan Razo, aka “Don Cheto,” who has 1.5 million Facebook fans and 144,000 Twitter followers, will also have his own channel.

“This is a way to extend our current talent and give them a forum,” says Kenny. “But we’ll be searching for new millenial talent as well.”

The Fenómeno network will feature channels that will curate music, comedy, gaming, lifestyle, do it yourself, beauty, beauty, sports and “whatever is indicative of what the Hispanic audience is interested in.”

While Estrella’s new platform won’t re-purpose television content, Kenny points out they will be looking at talent and program development on the multi-channel network for crossover to “linear television,” with the possibility of integrating brands in the process.

On the TV side, during its NY Upfront Monday, May 11 Estrella TV announced 3 new shows to its lineup:

  • En La Lucha –  A new entertainment program designed to showcase today’s rising political stars.
  • iTestigo – A news-based “citizens reporters” program that will feature user generated content of events and social issues from across the country and the world. An iTestigo app will push geographically targeted requests for content from participating reporters.
  • New comedy interview show (unnamed) –  Starring Mexican actress and comedian Consuelo Duval.

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Myrka Dellanos leaves Estrella TV

Myrka Dellanos leaves Estrella TV

Myrka DellanosExactly two years since joining LBI Media’s Estrella TV, Myrka Dellanos, host of “El Noticiero EstrellaTV con Myrka” and “En Exclusiva con Myrka Dellanos,” is exiting the network.

Her last day is tomorrow, Friday, April 24.

She announced news of her departure on social media, but did not share where she was going next.

She told fans via Instagram: “A cycle of my life has closed and a new one begins. I want to thank each and every one of you for your loyal following, love and support over the past two years.”

She also thanked the network for the opportunity and “most especially to the great team of professionals and fellow colleagues. They are honestly the best of the best and I will miss sharing the day with you. I came to Los Angeles two years ago and did not know not a single person….I will be eternally grateful for your words of support and love.”

The network has not yet responded to requests for comment on Myrka’s departure.

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Salinas quits anchor job at KRCA

Salinas quits anchor job at KRCA

Mirthala SalinasMirthala Salinas, weeknight anchor at Estrella TV’s KRCA-62, has left the company. She says she wants to spend more time with her family.

Her last day on the air was Friday, but she announced her departure on social media with the following message:

“I’m not one for good-byes and that’s why I didn’t do it on the air. Friday was my last day at Estrella TV. It was a difficult decision, yet the best. I need to dedicate more time to my children. I thank you for all your support. I met fine people at Estrella TV…. Mr. Liberman, thanks for everything.” (post embedded below)

Mirthala joined LBI Media as KRCA’s local news anchor in September of 2011.

She previously spent 3 years at W Radio AM, where she hosted a morning show and anchored “Minuto 60”, a syndicated radio newscast.

Mirthala was an anchor/reporter at KVEA-52 from 1997 to 2007. She was ousted from Telemundo Los Angeles’ flagship station after being caught up in a romantic scandal with mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

Before that, she was an anchor/reporter at KTVW-33 Univision Phoenix.

Gracias @canalestrellatv no soy de despedidas y por eso no lo hice al aire, el Viernes fue mi último día en Estrella TV….

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Estrella TV presents Premios de la Radio 2014

Estrella TV -Premios radio 2014Estrella TV will be airing the 15th annual Premios de la Radio next Thursday, November 6 from 7 to 11 pm (ET/PT), live from the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Premios de la Radio, which presents awards to regional Mexican music artists, will feature performances from Gerardo Ortiz, Julión Alvarez, La Arrolladora Banda El Limón, Chiquis Rivera, Ana Bárbara, Roberto Tapia, and Larry Hernández, among others.

The event has been produced by Liberman Broadcasting for the past 15 years. It began airing on television when Estrella TV was launched in 2009.

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Felipe Viel joins Estrella TV

Felipe Viel Retofamosos

Felipe Viel is the new host of “RETOFAMOS.O.S.”

Felipe Viel has gotten a new gig, hosting Estrella TV’s celebrity game show, RETOFAMOS.O.S.

The show airs on the LBI Media-owned network Monday through Thursday at 8 pm/7 pm CST.

The new season kicked off on Monday July 14.

Felipe guides six celebrities as they face-off in a series of challenges on a Los Angeles rooftop, where the contest takes place.

Felipe previously co-hosted a show with Charityn on Mega TV.

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Estrella TV expands distribution to Washington, D.C. area

Eestrellatv logostrella TV continues its efforts to expand its reach across the country. Today, the network debuted on Verizon FiOS TV in Maryland, northern Virginia and Washington D.C.

“We are excited to move into the mid-Atlantic region with Verizon FiOS, which has been a big supporter of Estrella TV and the Hispanic community in other markets,” said Winter Horton, COO of LBI Media, Estrella TV’s parent company.

Since its launch as a national network in 2009, Estrella TV has worked hard to increase its reach, adding affiliates and striking agreements with multiple stations in the country to be carried on their digital TV subchannels.

According to the company, it now covers almost 80% of Hispanic TV households in the U.S.

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Veronica Villafañe, Editor and Publisher

I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer. I founded Media Moves in June of 2007.