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Ayala joins Telemundo Houston

Ayala joins Telemundo Houston

Crystal AyalaLess than 8 months after taking an investigative reporter job at KXLN-45, Crystal Ayala has left the Univision O&O in Houston.

She has accepted a new job as a consumer investigative reporter at KTMD-47, the Telemundo station in Houston.

Crystal is joining the station’s Telemundo Responde consumer investigative unit. She replaces Silvia Rincón, who led the Telemundo Responde team in Houston since its launch in 2014.

According to the company, Silvia is leaving the station for personal reasons.

“We are very grateful for Silvia’s consumer investigative work and her commitment to the Telemundo Responde team in Houston,” Jerry Vázquez, VP of News, said in a statement.

Prior to working for Univision Houston, Crystal spent 3 years anchoring “Noticias 23 Primera Edición,” since the station launched the morning newscasts in April of 2011.

Before her move to Texas, Crystal worked as a Puerto Rico-based correspondent for NTN-24 and was a TV host for WIPR. She was previously a reporter/fill-in anchor at Univision Denver.

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Reyes hired at KSTS

Reyes hired at KSTS

Paola ReyesPaola Reyes, who had been freelancing for KSTS-48 in San Jose, has officially been hired by the station as a full time reporter.

She’ll be reporting for Noticiero Telemundo 48 Primera Edición at 5 am on weekdays.

She joins news anchors Lorena Domínguez and Juan Francisco Ramírez and weather anchor Lucrecia Borchardt.

Prior to her move to California, Paola worked at WSCV Telemundo 51 Miami, where she was an anchor and reporter for the station’s morning, midday and online newscasts from 2004 to 2012.

While at WSCV, she also worked as a national news correspondent for Telemundo network’s “Un Nuevo Día.” Previously, she was an anchor and investigative reporter at WNJU Telemundo 47 New York from 1999 to 2003.

Before that, she was a financial correspondent for Televisa in New York from 1998 to 1999, where she covered the New York Stock Exchange.

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Telemundo wins Polk award for TV reporting

Telemundo wins Polk award for TV reporting

Muriendo por cruzarCorrespondent John Carlos Frey and executive producers Marisa Venegas and Solly Granatstein will receive the prestigious George Polk Award for Television Reporting for “Muriendo por Cruzar” and “The Real Death Valley,” the Spanish and English versions of a joint investigation by Telemundo, The Weather Channel, and The Investigative Fund.

The documentary, produced in collaboration with Efran Films, explores the plight of migrants in the harsh desert terrain of Brooks County, Texas, where more than 400 bodies have been found in the past five years.

“Muriendo por Cruzar,” hosted by Noticias Telemundo reporters Carmen Dominicci and Neida Sandoval, describes the extreme weather conditions in the border region, investigates reports of mass graves and shares the testimony of the forensic anthropologists charged with identifying the remains of those who perish in their quest.

The 66º awards ceremony will take place at New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel on Friday, April 10.

The George Polk awards, given each year by Long Island University, honor special achievement in journalism. Winners are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Judges place a premium on investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

A list of all the winners is available  on the LIU site.

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KTRE launches Telemundo news briefs

KTRE launches Telemundo news briefs

John Carlos Estrada“Telemundo Noticias Breves con John-Carlos Estrada” debuts tonight, marking the first time local news has been produced in Spanish for the East Texas community.

The news briefs are produced by the Raycom-owned KTRE, the ABC affiliate in Lufkin, TX, which airs Telemundo on its digital subchannel 9.2.

John-Carlos Estrada, the anchor and managing editor of KTRE’s 6 and 10 pm newscasts since October 2014, will be in charge of producing and anchoring the Spanish-language news briefs, which will air on Telemundo Monday – Friday at 8pm station and four times throughout the night and early next morning.

“I’m so proud of the Raycom Media leadership and my news director for allowing me to launch this initiative in East TX,” John Carlos tells Media Moves. “There’s a large Hispanic population in East Texas that needs news delivered to them….These Spanish-language news briefs have also created a bilingual MMJ position at KTRE. The new MMJ will fill-in as the Spanish producer and anchor when I’m on vacation.”

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Botifoll leaves Telemundo

Botifoll leaves Telemundo

Carlos BotifollTelemundo news correspondent Carlos Botifoll is leaving the network after a 22-year run based out of the Los Angeles bureau.

“I have been in the same job, same bureau, doing the same thing for 22 years. Even though I’ve done things that interest me, I felt it was time for a change, to try something new,” Carlos tells Media Moves.

Carlos says he had been considering the move for the past two years, since the birth of his son.

“When my son was born, my priorities changed. I want to spend more time with him and my job keeps me on call 24/7,” he says. “I had been in discussions to move to a new role within the network for the past year and half, but nothing panned out, so I decided to leave.”

Carlos says his negotiated departure will allow him to take time off to focus on his family and planning his next move.

“Let’s just say I’m in a transitional phase in my career. I’ve been a reporter for 34 years with only two networks. I’ve never done anything else. Now is the time to do something new.”

About Carlos’ departure, a Telemundo network spokesperson says “He was an integral part of Noticias Telemundo and we wish him the very best in his future endeavors.”

Carlos began his on-air television career as a correspondent for SIN (Spanish International network), which later became Univision. Among his many roles within the network, he was a weekend anchor/reporter at channel 23 in Miami in the early 80’s, and worked as a correspondent in New York, Washington, D.C., Central America and London.

He switched networks to help Telemundo launch a national newscast in 1987, but went back to Univision.

Carlos returned to Telemundo as an L.A.-based correspondent in 1993, where he has remained until his decision to leave the network.

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Telemundo scores World Cup rights for 2026

Telemundo scores World Cup rights for 2026

Telemundo World Cup 2026FIFA today announced that it has awarded Telemundo and Fox networks the U.S. broadcast rights to the 2026 World Cup.

The move comes as a surprise, because FIFA bypassed the bidding process.

This is a big get for Telemundo, which in 2011 swiped the Spanish-language rights to the lucrative World Cup from Univision for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups, paying $600 million for the deal.

Telemundo will now have the rights to 3 consecutive World Cups.

The extension also gives goths networks rights to the 2023 Women’s World Cup and other FIFA tournaments including: U-20 World Cup 2023 and 2025, U-17 World Cup 2023 and 2025, Beach Soccer World Cup 2023 and 2025, Futsal World Cup 2024, U-20 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, U-17 Women’s World Cup 2024 and 2026, and Confederations Cup 2025.

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Telemundo ranks #1 in Hispanic VOD

Telemundo ranks #1 in Hispanic VOD

Telemundo On DemandFor a fourth year in a row, Telemundo ranked as the #1 Hispanic video on demand network in 2014. According to Rentrak, the network’s content was #1 in views and hours, totaling 18.5 million hours of all Hispanic VOD viewed last year.

Telemundo’s extensive original content and binge watching has made the network a leader in the space.

Telemundo’s video on demand offers sneak peeks of premiere episodes of new novelas and super series days before they air, as well as special VOD “catch up packages” of popular series, including “Top Chef Estrellas” and “El Señor de los Cielos.”

Additionally, Telemundo has implemented technology that allows advertisers to run and track campaigns in its VOD service, through its Dynamic Ad insertion launched in 2013. According to the company, Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO are currently the only two Hispanic networks to offer this tool.

Source: Rentrak OnDemand Essential based on Total VOD transactions, Rentrak Network Category: Hispanic, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014

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Telemundo Puerto Rico launches consumer investigative unit

Telemundo Puerto Rico launches consumer investigative unit

Telemundo Puerto RicoWKAQ Telemundo Puerto Rico today announced the launch of its new Telemundo Responde consumer investigative unit, effective immediately.

Reporter Zugey Lamela, who joined WKAQ from Univision in December of 2014, will lead the new Telemundo Responde team, which will investigate consumer complaints.

According to Telemundo Station Group, since it launched in 7 U.S. markets last year, the Telemundo Responde units have collectively received more than 13,000 tips, produced nearly 700 stories and recovered more than $1 million for consumers in Los Angeles (KVEA), New York (WNJU), Miami-Fort Lauderdale (WSCV), Houston (KTMD), Dallas-Fort Worth (KXTX), San Antonio (KVDA) and the San Francisco Bay Area (KSTS).

Among the stories covered: consumers who were owed compensation for participating in medical research projects, fell victim to identity theft, got scammed by tax preparers and were owed cell phone rebates.

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Miss Universe leaves Telemundo for Univision deal

Miss Universe leaves Telemundo for Univision deal

Tel-MsUni-UniAfter 12 years airing on Telemundo, the Spanish-language broadcast of the Miss Universe pageant will be moving to Univision.

It’s an interesting twist, since the deal with Univision was signed by the Miss Universe Organization, which is co-owned by NBCUniversal, Telemundo’s parent company, and the Trump Organization.

The Miss Universe Organization announced that as part of a long-term partnership, Univision will co-produce the Miss Universe and Miss USA pageants, and that Telemundo’s competitor will now have the Spanish-language television and digital rights for both beauty contests.

A spokesman for Telemundo issued the following statement about the move:

“We are proud to have been the Spanish-language home of Miss Universe for 12 years and are thankful to Mr. Donald Trump and the Miss Universe organization for their partnership. Moving forward, we have decided to explore other exciting programming concepts to continue to serve our audience with the highest quality productions that drive viewership and resonate with our advertisers.”

Just last Saturday, the 2015 Miss Universe pageant was Telemundo’s highest rated telecast of the event in its history, reaching 4.7 million total viewers and almost 2.5 million adults 18-45, according to Nielsen.

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Telemundo shuffles execs, names Vélez EVP of network news

Telemundo shuffles execs, names Vélez EVP of network news

Luis Carlos Velez

Luis Carlos Velez

In his first big reorganizational move since taking over as President of Telemundo Network in August of 2014, Luis Silberwasser today announced several changes among the executive ranks. Among them, he has named Luis Carlos Vélez to Executive Vice President of Network News, reporting directly to him.

He takes over the news department leadership role from Alina Falcón, who was named EVP of Network Sports, Research and Integration for Telemundo Network, also reporting to Silberwasser.

In his new role, Vélez will oversee the network news operations and be responsible for editorial direction, programming and production of all news properties, including nightly newscast “Noticiero Telemundo,” Sunday news program “Enfoque con José Diaz-Balart, morning show “Un Nuevo Día,” and daily news magazine “Al Rojo Vivo,” as well as other related network news programming, breaking news and specials.

He’ll also play a key role in strengthening the collaborations with Telemundo’s owned and operated stations.

Falcón is now EVP of Network Sports, Research and Integration

Falcón is now EVP of Network Sports, Research and Integration

Prior to joining Telemundo, Vélez was Anchor and News Director in Caracol Television in Colombia. In that role he supervised all editorial content for Caracol News across its multimedia platforms.

He was previously an anchor and reporter for CNN International based in New York and an anchor for CNN en Español.

Falcón will now decide sports programming strategy for Telemundo network, working closely with Eli Velázquez, recently appointed EVP, Sports, Hispanic Enterprises and Content.

Claudia Foghini rejoins the network team as SVP of Production Strategy, Management and Services, but will continue her current duties at Telemundo Studios, where she has been since 2013.

As part of the changes, Silberwasser is consolidating on-air and off-air creative departments into a single Marketing and Creative group reporting to Aileen Angulo and placing the Specials Group, under Pilar Lamadrid, within the Programming team. Both department heads will report to Jesús Torres Viera.

According to the Telemundo president, “these changes will add depth to our leadership team and better position us to leverage our strengths for success.”

Below is the email sent out to staff announcing the changes:

From: Silberwasser, Luis (NBCUniversal) 
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 1:37 PM
Cc: Uva, Joe (NBCUniversal)
Subject: Management Announcements at Telemundo Network

I want to share with you some important management and structural changes at the Telemundo Network, all of which are effective today.

Over the last five months, since my arrival at Telemundo, I have spent a great deal of time working with the team, analyzing the strengths and opportunities we face as we look to take Telemundo to new heights.   In order to strengthen our capabilities, as well as to have a leaner and more efficient structure fueled by new ideas and innovation, we are implementing the following changes:

1. Alina Falcon is being named Executive Vice President — Network Sports, Research and Integration for Telemundo Network, continuing to report directly to me.

a. In this new role, Alina will be the executive in charge at the network for Sports programming.  She will lead the network’s creative, editorial, and scheduling strategies for our sports properties, and will work closely with Eli Velazquez to ensure that the network reflects the quality standards that NBC Sports and Deportes Telemundo are known for. Additionally, Alina will be responsible for leveraging the FIFA World Cup properties across the entire Telemundo Network to maximize their promotion power for the rest of our schedule.  Alina brings to this new role a wealth of expertise and knowledge in sports broadcasting, having had oversight for Sports programming, including the FIFA World Cup tournaments, during her tenure at Univision.

b. Effective today, Alina will also assume oversight of the Research department.  She will work with NBCU’s research teams to develop and implement best practices, processes, and structures that will strengthen the Network’s capabilities in audience research and insights.  Importantly, Alina will work closely with NBC Universo and our digital platforms to jointly determine what research resources should be dedicated to each of the businesses.   As a result of this change, Millie Carrasquillo will leave the company to pursue other interests.  Millie is a true professional and has been a passionate and committed Telemundo executive for many years.  We deeply thank her for her hard work and dedication and wish her much success in her future projects.

c. Partnering and leveraging the strengths of the entire NBCU portfolio and the Telemundo Stations is a key priority for the Network.  Therefore, Alina will be the point person to execute network-wide initiatives across all departments, including Symphony and other initiatives that involve coordinating Telemundo Network with other NBCUniversal and Comcast properties and local stations.   She will support Jackie Hernandez and Alfredo Richard at Hispanic Enterprises and Content, as well as Manuel Martinez at the Station Group to execute these kinds of broader initiatives across the network.

2. I am also very pleased to name Luis Carlos Velez as Executive Vice President — Telemundo News, reporting directly to me.   Luis Carlos will oversee all our network news operations and be responsible for editorial direction, programming, and production of our news properties including all our newscasts, “Al Rojo Vivo” and “Un Nuevo Dia.”  The Specials Group under Pilar Lamadrid will now join the Programming team headed by Jesus Torres Viera.  Building on the record performance of Telemundo’s news in 2014, Luis Carlos will be charged with infusing innovation and best practices to accelerate our growth, while strengthening the synergies with Telemundo’s owned and operated stations, as well as with the team and properties at NBC News.  Luis Carlos comes to Telemundo with an impressive track record as a journalist, news anchor, and most recently as News Director in Caracol Television in Colombia.  In that role, he supervised all editorial content for Caracol News across its multimedia platforms, leading a team of more than 150 journalists.  Under his leadership Noticias Caracol became Colombia´s TV news leader reaching its highest ratings since its launch in 1998.  Prior to that, Luis Carlos was an anchor and reporter for CNN International based in New York and an anchor for CNN en Español.  Please join me in welcoming Luis Carlos to the Telemundo family.

3. I am consolidating our separate on-air and off-air creative departments into a single Marketing and Creative group reporting to Aileen Angulo.  My goal with this change is to have a unified creative and marketing vision for the network, innovate our go-to-market strategies, and run a more efficient group to serve all network departments.    Aileen will continue to report to Jesus Torres Viera in the Network Programming group.   Separately, Susan Solano-Vila, who was previously heading the off-air and branding group, will continue to report to me leading key network projects.  Specifically, she will be responsible for creating and executing the 2015/16 Upfront presentation in NYC, as well as overseeing and completing the next evolution of Telemundo’s Brand strategy and look, which is currently under way.

4. Lastly, Claudia Foghini will now join the Network management team, reporting to me as Senior Vice President of Production Strategy, Management and Services.  She will continue her current duties at Telemundo Studios, but will now oversee production management of third party productions for the network.   The objective with this change is to strengthen the network’s capabilities in the production management area, improving our execution and cost control skills.   Claudia’s expertise and ability to manage talent, outside production companies, and to leverage her internal relationships with legal, technical and engineering groups has greatly benefited the Studios.  We now look forward to bringing this kind of impact to the rest of Network projects.

As we face an exciting year at the Network, these changes will add depth to our leadership team and better position us to leverage our strengths for success.  The Telemundo Network has a great opportunity to truly materialize the growth potential it represents for our company. In the few months I have been here, I have seen the incredible creativity and passion of all our employees.  This is what distinguishes Telemundo and is the engine of ideas that will move this network forward.  Your dedication and commitment, together with a clear strategy and a revitalized management team, will surely allow us to continue to grow and deliver against our short and long term goals.


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Upfront date announced for Telemundo and NBC Universo

Upfront date announced for Telemundo and NBC Universo

Telemundo-NBCUniversoNBCUniversal Hispanic Group announced that Telemundo and the newly rebranded NBC UNIVERSO (soon to be former mun2) will hold their annual Upfront presentation on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at 6 pm in New York City.

The network programming event will be held at Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center.

This year’s Upfront theme will be ALL TOGETHER. LATINO.

The company’s theme aims to emphasize the growth of the Latino demographic segment and how its cultural force is “transforming America powered by the unprecedented scale of the NBCUniversal portfolio.”

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More than 3 million watch premiere of Telemundo’s new super series

More than 3 million watch premiere of Telemundo’s new super series

Dueños del ParaisoTelemundo’s “Dueños del Paraiso” scored the highest premiere in its history among total viewers and was the #1 Spanish-language program, in its time period, among adults 18 to 34, women 18 to 34 and males 18 to 34.

The super series starring Kate del Castillo reached a cumulative audience of 3,080,000 total viewers and 1,880,000 adults 18 to 49 on its premiere night, Tuesday, January 13, according to Nielsen.

The series, which airs at 10 pm, averaged 2,392,000 total viewers and 1,444,000 adults 18 to 49, outperforming ABC’s “Forever” among adults 18 to 49 and adults 18 to 34, and CBS’ “Persons of Interest” among adults 18 to 34.

Locally, the new narco novela ranked #1 among adults 18 to 49, regardless of language, in Los Angeles and Miami and was the #1 Spanish-language program in its time period in Chicago, San Francisco and Denver, in that same demo.

On a digital front, “Dueños del Paraiso” was the #1 most social Spanish-language program for the night, ranked on Tweets among Hispanic Networks, according to Nielsen Social.

Social promotional efforts for the series reached over 24 million people generating over 39 million impressions on Facebook.

An original Telemundo Studios co-production with Television Nacional de Chile, “Dueños del Paraiso” marks Kate del Castillo’s return to Spanish-language television following the success of “La Reina Del Sur,” the highest rated program in the Telemundo’s history.

Nielsen, NSI, 1/13/15, Live+SD, preliminary overnight data. Ranking based on impressions in 10-11 pm ET/PT & 9-10 pm CT/MT time period among broadcast networks. Spanish-language ranking among TEL, UNI, UMA, AZA, ETV & MFX. Source: Nielsen, NPM, Live+SD, 1/13/15. Comparison to broadcast networks based on impressions, 10-11pm. Closest competitor=UNI. Nielsen, 1/13/15, Hispanic Networks, Ranked on Tweets. Facebook Insights October 29, 2014-January 14, 2015. Total number of people who were served the post (UU). Total number of impressions of post (Total Count).

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