Telemundo has laid off six members of its network morning show production team.
A company spokesperson confirmed the exit of six people, including executive producer Desiree Colomina and morning show segment producer Fernando Almanzar.
In a statement, the company attributed the departure to a shift in focus to news for their recently revamped morning show:
“The morning program hoyDía was launched earlier this year with a format aimed at Latinos looking for useful news and information to start their day. Given the emphasis on news and current events, we have decided to make changes in the production team to continue offering the best news content to our audience every morning. We are deeply grateful to the employees impacted by this decision for their dedication and commitment to hoyDía.”
Colomina had spent 19 years at Telemundo Network in a variety of roles with increasing responsibility, starting out as a segment producer for “Al Rojo Vivo” in 2002. She was also a senior producer for news specials and director of special projects. She became executive producer of Un Nuevo Día in 2017.
Almanzar came aboard Telemundo in 2012, starting as an evening assignment news desk editor at Telemundo 51. A year later, he moved to the network’s morning show as an assignment editor and a current events, immigration, finance and health segment producer. He previously spent 12 years at a senior publisher of content at Univision.com, where he also wrote about news and finance. He was previously a staff writer for El Nuevo Herald and the Miami Herald.
According to an inside source, other staffers who got pink slips were entertainment producer Sylmarie Vazquez, music producer Christine Castrillon, line producer Yannah Monasterios, and production assistant