Univision today executed a series of layoffs at television and radio properties in several markets as part of broader changes announced today at the top executive levels.
Management and on-air personalities were among those who lost jobs in a company restructuring.
At New York’s Univision 41, the cuts impacted VP of News Esteban Creste and assistant news director Geraldine Cols Azócar. Also laid off were promotions director Luis Antonio Valera, editor José Acosta, and Ángeles Moncayo, from the sales department. According to reporter Alex Roland, his exit from the station is not related to the layoffs. He negotiated his departure in December due to personal reasons and is relocating to Miami.*
Alina Mayo Azze anchor at Miami’s Univision 23 and Houston Univision radio personality Renzo Heredia are also no longer with the company.
Univision would not address the total number of layoffs, but confirmed staff reductions were made across radio and TV stations nationwide, and issued the following statement:
“Today we announced some important changes to the Company’s structure. The changes reflect a reorganization of the way we work, and in some cases we are saying goodbye to some colleagues. These are difficult but necessary decisions for our company as we transform to position Univision for its next phase of growth. We remain dedicated to informing, entertaining and empowering the Hispanic community.”
Univision, now under new ownership and a new CEO, Wade Davis, brought in new executives to its leadership ranks, including former ViacomCBS international exec Pierluigi Gazzolo, who assumes the the newly created role of President of Univision Communications Inc. and Chief Transformation Officer.
Of particular note, ex Telemundo Networks president Luis Silberwasser was named to the newly created role of President of the Univision Television Networks Group to lead Univision’s national TV properties.
You can read more details about the executive changes on Forbes.
*Updated to include additional names of people impacted by layoffs and to clarify Alex Roland’s exit is not tied to layoffs.