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Univision names talent for 2 new music reality shows

Univision names talent for 2 new music reality shows

Alejandra Espinoza and Galilea Montijo

Galilea Montijo will host “Va Por Ti,” set tu debut in September.

Univision is gearing up for more reality shows and has already tapped some high-profile talent to participate.

The network has picked television personality Galilea Montijo to host “Va Por Ti,” a new singing competition show that will premiere on Univision on Sunday, September 7 at 8 pm ET.

Galilea is currently one of the co-hosts of the daytime entertainment program “Hoy,” and previously hosted the children’s talent show “Pequeños Gigantes.”

“Va Por Ti,” a co-production of Televisa and Univision, will also feature a cast of celebrity coaches and judges that include Mexican singer/songwriter/actress, and former member of the super-group RBD, Dulce María, Cuban-American actor singer/songwriter Jencarlos Canela, and Regional Mexican music star Larry Hernández, among others yet to be announced.

Auditions for the show were held in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Houston, Miami, Puerto Rico and online this past spring/summer.

Alejandra Espinoza and Galilea Montijo

Alejandra Espinoza will host “La Banda,” scheduled for 2015.

Univision also announced that Alejandra Espinoza will be the host of “La Banda,” the  music reality competition show produced by Simon Cowell and FremantleMedia Latin America that aims to create the world’s ultimate Latino boyband.

Alejandra joined Univision’s on-air talent roster after winning the first season of the network’s reality contest “Nuestra Belleza Latina” in 2007.

Since then, she has appeared regularly in “Sábado Gigante,”“El Gordo y La Flaca” and participated in several Univision network specials. Earlier this year she became co-host of the 8th season of “Nuestra Belleza Latina.”

“La Banda” is slated for a 2015 debut on the Univision Network.

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Ceballos relocates to Univision NY

Ceballos relocates to Univision NY

Esperanza CeballosEsperanza Ceballos, WXTV-41’s correspondent in the Dominican Republic, has moved to New York as a full-time reporter for the Univision station.

She started her new role on Monday, July 14.

Esperanza has worked as a correspondent for “Noticias 41” since 2007.

She has also worked as a reporter for CDN television in the Dominican Republic.

Esperanza’s relocation to NY was negotiated by former news director Norma Morato before her departure in April.

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Peluffo rehired at KDTV

Peluffo rehired at KDTV

Jaime PeluffoAfter spending almost 11 years working for Telemundo, Emmy-award winning reporter Jaime Peluffo has left KSTS-48 in San Jose to join Univision’s KDTV-14.

This marks a return for Jaime to the Univision O&O in San Francisco, where he previously worked as a reporter from 2000 to 2001. He started the new job on July 1.

Jaime began his tenure at Telemundo working as a reporter at KSTS, but was forced to relocate when the network shut down local news operations and created the Telemundo Production Center (TPC) to produce regionalized news for several of its stations.

Telemundo has been re-establishing, reinforcing and expanding those previously eliminated news operations.

Jaime worked for the TPC in Arizona and in San Antonio before returning to San Jose.

He also worked for Univision San Antonio from 1997 to 2000, before moving to the Bay Area to work for KDTV.

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Loizaga named Univision network weekend anchor

Loizaga named Univision network weekend anchor

Arantxa LoizagaArantxa Loizaga has left her anchor job at KWEX-41 in San Antonio to become the new network co-anchor for Univision’s weekend newscast. She replaces Lourdes Ramos, whose last day on the air was Sunday, July 13.

Arantxa won’t begin her weekend anchor gig until sometime in August. But starting Monday, July 28, she’ll be filling in for Satcha Pretto on “Despierta América” while she’s on maternity leave.

Arantxa was hired as a reporter at KWEX in 2007 and named primetime anchor of the station’s weekday newscasts in 2011.

She previously worked at Telemundo San Antonio in the news and commercial production departments for about two years. During that time, she was a TV show host, a video and audio editor, floor manager, and entertainment reporter.

Born and raised in Mexico City, she started her TV career at 18 as the host of a live children’s television show called the “Click Club.” Two years later, she moved to San Antonio with her family, where she has lived for the past 10 years.

She earned her undergraduate degree in journalism while working full-time as a reporter.

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Fernando Fiore quits Univision

Fernando Fiore quits Univision

Fernando FioreFernando Fiore, who has been the host and “president” of Univision’s Sunday sports show “República Deportiva” for the past 15 years, has called it quits.

A company source confirmed that Univision has accepted his resignation and that Fernando is no longer with the company.

His final show was last Sunday, after the end of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

During the next two weeks, “República Deportiva” will air a “best of” compilation to give the production team a break after its back-to-back coverage of the World Cup.

After the break, the show will go on led by the remaining personalities. In June of 2013, Univision made some changes to the show, updating the set, logo and adding two new hosts:  Lindsay Casinelli and former Nickelodeon Latin America star Danilo Carrera.

On Sunday, Fernando tweeted that this – his 7th World Cup – was probably his last with Univision and that he put his “heart and soul” to the project.

That tweet may have been an attempt to quietly tip off his fans about his departure from the network, or simply stating a fact: Univision no longer has the rights to the biggest sporting event in the world. Telemundo owns the U.S. Spanish-language TV rights to World Cup 2018 and 2022.

Before becoming “República Deportiva’s” main host, Fernando co-hosted Univision’s travel show “Fuera de Serie” alongside Sofía Vergara and was the original host of “Lente Loco.”


** An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Univision made changes to “República Deportiva last month.” Those changes were made in June of 2013.


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Enrique Santos to host TV show on Unimás

Enrique Santos to host TV show on Unimás

Enrique SantosUnivision Radio personality Enrique Santos will be expanding into the TV realm. Univision announced it has signed a multi-year contract with Enrique to host a new television show for the UniMás network.

Univision has teamed up with Venevision to produce the show.

Enrique currently hosts the “Enrique Santos Show,” broadcast live Monday through Friday from 6 to 10 am on Univision Radio’s Miami affiliate and simulcast in Chicago, New York, Phoenix, Houston, San Antonio, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Fresno, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and via the UforiaMusica App.

He also hosts the weekly program “Uforia Countdown.”

At this time, Univision and Venevision aren’t providing further details on the name, genre, timeslot or when the show will launch.

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Lourdes Ramos leaves Univision network anchor desk

Lourdes Ramos leaves Univision network anchor desk


Lourdes Ramos during her final newscast on Sunday.

Lourdes Ramos said good-bye to her viewers during the late night edition of Univision network’s weekend newscast on Sunday. Her farewell comes just a little over two years since she joined the network.

During her final newscast she said she was leaving due to personal reasons, but that she would continue to collaborate with the network.

A network spokesman confirmed Lourdes will be moving to Madrid to follow her husband and that she will be a “special correspondent” for Univision.

Lourdes, who is the sister of Univision’s weekday anchor Jorge Ramos, has been co-anchoring the weekend edition of the network news alongside Félix de Bedout since late January of 2012.

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Ayala leaves KUVN anchor job for reporter gig in Houston

Ayala leaves KUVN anchor job for reporter gig in Houston

Crystal Ayala2Crystal Ayala has left the anchor desk at KUVN-23, the Univision O&O in Dallas, to become an investigative reporter at KXLN-45, Univision Houston. She starts the new job tomorrow, July 3.

Crystal had been anchoring “Noticias 23 Primera Edición” for the past 3 years, since the station launched the morning newscasts in April of 2011. Her last day in Dallas was Friday, June 27.

The move reunites Crystal with news director Martha Kattan, who hired her at KUVN and who for the past 3 years has been in charge of the news operations at Univision Houston.

“I’m very excited about this new challenge,” says Crystal. “I’ll be able to put in practice what I’ve learned from my investigative journalism master’s.”

Prior to moving to Texas, Crystal worked as a Puerto Rico-based correspondent for NTN-24 and was a TV host for WIPR. She previously spent 3 years as a reporter/fill-in anchor at Univision Denver.

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World Cup Mexico game sets ratings record on Univision

World Cup Mexico game sets ratings record on Univision

Mexico-Netherlands world cup screenshotMore than 10 million people tuned in to Univision to watch the Mexico vs. Netherlands World Cup match on Sunday, June 29, making it the most-viewed telecast in U.S. Spanish-language television history.

Even though Mexico lost and won’t move forward in the competition, Univision is reaping the benefits of huge audiences during World Cup action, which has three other Latin American countries – Argentina, Costa Rica and Colombia – advancing to quarter finals.

The Mexico-Netherlands game drew 10.4 million total viewers and 5.8 million adults 18-49, making it the most-viewed World Cup match ever on Univision.

The previous record was set by the Mexico-Argentina game on June 27, 2010, during that year’s World Cup. That game attracted  9.4 million total viewers and 5.6 million adults 18-49.

While Univision beat ESPN, the Disney-owned sports network did pretty well, attracting 6.6 million total viewers and 3.5 million adults 18-49. According to ESPN, it was the most-watched soccer game for an English-language station in the United States that didn’t involve the U.S. team.
Source: The Nielsen Company, NPM, Fast Nationals, L+SD data. Fast cume with 1 minute qualifier.

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Telemundo, Univision and CNNE win Daytime Emmys

Telemundo, Univision and CNNE win Daytime Emmys

Nuevo Dia

Telemundo celebrates its first Daytime Emmy win.

Telemundo, Univision and CNN en Español each picked up an Emmy as the Academy debuted the first Spanish-language categories during the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

Telemundo’s “Un Nuevo Día” won the first-ever “Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish.”

María López-Álvarez is the Sr Executive Producer and María García-Márquez is the Executive Producer of the show, hosted by Rashel Diaz, Adamari Lopez, Ana Maria Canseco, Daniel Sarcos and Diego Schoening.

Rodner Figueroa.

Rodner Figueroa.

Rodner Figueroa, Univision correspondent for “El Gordo y la Flaca,” won in the daytime talent category.

CNN en Español’s “Clix” picked up an award for entertainment program in Spanish, even though it’s actually a technology program, hosted by Guillermo Arduino. The show’s Executive Producer is David Gamez, and the senior producers are Marcela Andrade and Magdalena Cabral.

This is the first year the Daytime Emmys were not televised. They were only streamed online, because the Academy wasn’t able to get a TV deal to air the show.

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