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Rodríguez leaves CNN for SVP job at NBC News

Janelle RodriguezJanelle Rodríguez, VP of Programming at CNN for the past three years, is leaving the cable news network. She had been with CNN for 15 years. Starting in January, she’ll be SVP of Editorial at NBC News, reporting to Deborah Turness.

In her new role, Rodríguez will be in charge of coordinating enterprise and original storytelling, as well as guiding breaking news coverage.

She’ll also oversee NBC News’ specialist editorial units, focusing first on investigations and medical, with more planned. Richard Esposito, Sr Executive Producer of the investigative unit will report to her, as well as the bookings unit.

When NBC News unveils an integrated digital and broadcast newsgathering Hub early next year, she’ll play a central role, generating editorial initiatives and driving long-range planning in close collaboration with all platforms.

In a memo sent out to staff on Tuesday, Turness wrote about the hire:

“We began the search for this position on the leadership team approximately six months ago, and in Janelle, we have found the right combination of skills and expertise.”

While at CNN, Rodríguez held a number of producer jobs, increasing in responsibility. Among her many roles: EP of “American Morning” and Sr producer for “Anderson Cooper 360” and “The Situation Room.”

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Sanfuentes leaves top post at NBC

Antoine SanfuentesAntoine Sanfuentes, Sr Vice President of News at NBC is leaving the company in the new year.  His last day is January 20, according to an email he sent staff on Monday.

“I grew up at NBC News and have been fortunate to learn every aspect of news reporting and production from the best in the business,” Sanfuentes wrote in the email.  “I am extremely proud to have played a role in NBC News’ successes, and I am excited about working on new challenges,” he wrote.

After Steve Capus resigned as President of NBC News in February of this year, there was some expectation that Antoine, whose entire career has been with NBC, would get promoted again and take over the network news division’s top job.

Although he had taken over Capus’ dutieshe was passed over and in May, NBC hired Deborah Turness – a former editor of Britain’s ITV News.

At the time, a New York Times story assessed Turness’ hiring “suggests that NBCUniversal executives were yearning for new thinking.”

Sanfuentes started as a desk assistant in the Washington bureau of NBC News in 1990, right out of college. In 1995, he became a White House producer and later senior White House producer. After 14 years, he was named Deputy Washington bureau chief. He was promoted to Washington Bureau Chief in 2011, and to Senior Vice President a year later.

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Alvear out at NBC News

Diana AlvearNBC News correspondent Diana Alvear is no longer with the network.  Her contract was not renewed, according to TVNewser.

Her stay at NBC was brief – just a year.  She joined the network in July of 2012, reporting for all platforms of NBC News, including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC, NBCLatino.com, and nbcnews.com.

TVNewser today also reported that 4 other people have left the network: correspondent Thanh Truong and 3 senior producers, two from “Nightly News” and one from “Today.”

Before taking the job at NBC, Diana spent 4 years as a correspondent for ABC NewsOne in Los Angeles and also filed reports for the weekend editions of “Good Morning America,” “World News,” and the “World News” webcast.

She was previously an anchor/reporter at WGBA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

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Sanfuentes passed over for NBC News prez job

Antoine SanfuentesFor the past 2 years, Antoine Sanfuentes has been on an executive fast track, getting promoted 2 times, most recently to Sr Vice President of News at NBC.

He also took over Steve Capus’ duties, when he resigned as President of NBC News in February of this year.

But now, NBC has opted not to promote Antoine to the top of its news division.  Instead, the company has hired Deborah Turness – a former editor of Britain’s ITV News.

NBC made the announcement on Monday.  The hire makes her the first woman to run a network news division in the United States.

In an article in the New York Times, Brian Stelter writes “The decision to look outside NBC and the United States for a president suggests that NBCUniversal executives were yearning for new thinking.”

While Turness’ qualifications may be exemplary, it’s hard to believe that NBCU couldn’t find a “new thinker” in the U.S., or that the company itself is not forward thinking enough to give the opportunity to Antoine Sanfuentes and to focus on an ever-growing Hispanic audience.

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Sanfuentes gains additional duties at NBC News

Antoine SanfuentesNBC News President Steve Capus’ decision to leave the network last Friday means that Antoine Sanfuentes will be picking up his duties… at least for now.

Antoine was promoted to Senior Vice President of NBC News in October of 2012.  He is second in command at NBC News and Capus’ chief deputy.

In a memo to colleagues, Capus said it was “time to head in a new direction” and that he would be leaving NBC News.

It remains to be seen if Antoine will be promoted again to NBC News’ top job.

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Sanfuentes promoted to SVP at NBC News

Antoine SifuentesAntoine Sanfuentes, who last year was promoted from Deputy Bureau Chief to Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, today got another title and responsibility upgrade.

Effective immediately, Antoine has been promoted to Senior Vice President, NBC News. He is now NBC News President Steve Capus’ chief deputy and number 2 man at NBC News.

In his new role, Antoine will have oversight of “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” the Washington, D.C. bureau, strategic partnerships with other NBCU News and information properties, investigative reporting, as well as the network’s diversity initiatives.

In addition to Antoine’s promotion, Capus today also announced some management changes.  David Verdi was promoted to  SVP of newsgathering, Ken Strickland replaces Antoine as DC bureau chief and Alex Wallacewas named EP of “Rock Center.”

Mediabistro got a copy of the Capus’ email announcement to staff. You can read it here.

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NBC News and Telemundo partner for political coverage

NBC News and Telemundo Media announced both networks are officially joining forces to deliver “an unprecedented number of hours of political coverage in English and Spanish.”

Under the signature political banner “Decision 2012,” NBC News and Telemundo will combine news gathering assets and  journalists.

NBC News will count on Telemundo to “contribute its expertise and reach within the Hispanic community.”

Both networks will be teaming up for convention coverage as well as town halls and monthly polls.

Alexandra Wallace, Senior Vice President at NBC News, will be working closely with Alina Falcón, Executive Vice President of News and Alternative Programming at Telemundo Media, to execute “Decision 2012.”

Wallace, who has been overseeing the integration of NBC News and Telemundo News for the past year, was named Senior Vice President of NBC News in December 2008.

The big question is… why haven’t they done this before?

NBC has owned Telemundo for the past 10 years.

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NBC fires Luciano over misleading 911 recording edit

NBC News correspondent Lilia Luciano has been fired by the network. Her ouster comes after an investigation into the improper editing of George Zimmerman’s 911 call led to the firing of an NBC News producer in early April.

Lilia has been off the air since March 31. According to TVNewser, until that point, she had been reporting mainly on the Trayvon Martin story.

In a story for “Today” that aired on March 20, Lilia included an edited version of the George Zimmerman 911 call, splicing a later portion of the conversation with the dispatcher, making it seem like Zimmerman had volunteered information about Martin’s race rather than responding to his questions.

Here’s the edited version that aired. The italicized line was taken from a later part of the conversation:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or on drugs or something. He’s got his hand in his waistband. And he’s a black male.
Dispatcher: Are you following him?
Zimmerman: Yeah.
Dispatcher: Okay, we don’t need you to do that.

As reported earlier by TVNewser, here’s how the conversation actually happened:

Zimmerman: This guy looks like he’s up to no good or he’s on drugs or something. It’s raining and he’s just walking around, looking about.
Dispatcher: OK, and this guy — is he white, black, or Hispanic?
Zimmerman: He looks black.

Lilia is the third NBC employee to lose her job over misleading editing of the 911 tape.  She joined NBC in October of 2010from Telefutura, where she had been the co-host of “Escándalo TV.”

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Gutierrez joins NBC News

Gabe Gutierrez is joining NBC News as a network correspondent based in Atlanta.  He starts the new gig in mid-March, 2012.

Gabe will report for all platforms of NBC News, including “Today,” “NBC Nightly News,” MSNBC, NBCLatino.com, msnbc.com, as well as Telemundo.

Gabe comes to NBC News from KHOU 11 News in Houston, where he worked as the station’s City Hall reporter. He was previously a weekend morning anchor and reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC affiliate in Flint, Michigan. While at WJRT, he regularly produced and hosted the station’s public affairs program in addition to covering the state legislature and the auto industry. His first on-air job was at WBOY-TV, the NBC affiliate in Clarksburg, West Virginia., where he anchored weekend newscasts and reported during the week.

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Peña leaving WMAQ

Chris Peña is leaving his assistant news director position at WMAQ-5 in Chicago at the end of May to take a job at NBC news in New York.

Robert Feder reports Chris’ new network role will be announced soon.

Chris joined WMAQ in September 2008. He had previously been executive producer at the NBC station in Miami.

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Sanfuentes promoted at NBC

Antoine Sanfuentes has been promoted to Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News, effective February 7, 2011. He is currently Deputy Bureau Chief, a job he’s held since Feb. 2009. He replaces Mark Whitaker, who is leaving NBC to become managing editor of CNN Worldwide.

Antoine has been working at the NBC Washington bureau since 1990. He spent the first 5 years as a desk assistant before getting promoted to senior White House producer.

In his new role, Antoine will oversee all bureau management, administration, editorial affairs and “Meet the Press.”

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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.