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Los Angeles Times launches LAT en Español

Los Angeles Times launches LAT en Español

LAT Espanol

The Los Angeles Times is expanding its brand to include Spanish-language print and online properties.

The paper, which also owns Hoy Los Angeles, is officially launching Los Angeles Times en Español on Saturday, March 17.

The Hoy Fin de Semana Saturday edition, which has a circulation of 840,000 home delivered copies, will be rebranded and relaunched as Los Angeles Times en Español Fin de Semana.

Already in beta testing for the past couple of months, the company will also officially debut its global online news platform Los Angeles Times en Español. The site will include translated content from the LAT’s English-language journalists, as well as Hoy staff.

There won’t be any changes to the Hoy Los Angeles Friday edition, which has a circulation of 140,000.

The website will continue for the time being, but it will apparently be phased out.

These changes were conceptualized prior to the sale of the LAT, announced in late February, when Los Angeles billionaire Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong agreed to pay $500 million to buy The Times, the San Diego Union-Tribune, Hoy and several community newspapers from Chicago media company Tronc. Federal regulators approved the purchase last week.

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WGEN officially launches Estrella TV programming

WGEN officially launches Estrella TV programming

Estrella TV 8 launchStarting at midnight, Miami station WGEN officially starts broadcasting Estrella TV programming.

The station, bought in January by LBI Media for $11 million, was scheduled to begin airing Estrella TV on March 1.

Company execs say that date was a soft launch for tech purposes.

The station won’t have a local newscast for the time being. WGEN, which has been an independent station and a MundoFox and Azteca América affiliate, previously aired local news produced by Caracol productions for Azteca.

“We have plans to launch local news later this year,” WGEN General Manager Nicolás J. Valls tells Media Moves. “Our team in Burbank [where LBI headquarters are located] will be evaluating a number of local news professionals as they firm up plans to launch later this year. That process may include some of the journalists from the Caracol production.”

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Anthony Ponce returns to TV news as morning anchor at WFLD

Anthony Ponce returns to TV news as morning anchor at WFLD

Anthony Ponce 2016When he was passed over for a promotion two years ago, Anthony Ponce quit his job as reporter and weekend morning anchor at NBC-owned WMAQ to do his own thing as a Lyft driver/interviewer, starting and producing a podcast called “Backseat Driver.”

Now, he’s returning to TV news. He’ll be joining WFLD Fox 32 as a “Good Day Chicago” co-anchor from 4 to 6 am.

But he won’t leave the “Backseat Driver” behind. Ponce will to host the podcast and do a video version of his podcast that will air during the morning show’s 7 to 9 block.

After spending 9 years as an anchor/reporter at WMAQ, Ponce left the station in July 2016. At the time, he explained his decision in a self-produced video that went viral.

He starts the new gig next Monday, March 19.

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Bernal joins CNN Newsource

Bernal joins CNN Newsource

Camila Bernal

Camila Bernal has left a reporting gig at KRON after barely six months at the San Francisco Bay Area station for a national correspondent position.

She joins CNN Newsource as a bilingual national correspondent based in Washington, D.C., where she’ll be doing live English and Spanish-language reporting and digital content for the news affiliate service.

CNN has yet to set a date for her on-air debut.

Prior to her move to D.C., Bernal was a general assignment reporter at KRON since September 2017. She previously spent two years as a bilingual reporter for the KEYE-TV duopoly (CBS and Telemundo Austin in Texas). Before that, she worked as a reporter and anchor at KMID in Midland, Texas.

Her earlier experience includes stints as a digital producer for Miami NBC station WTVJ and as a freelance reporter for the Miami Herald.

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Chávez promoted to COO at mitú

Chávez promoted to COO at mitú

Jesus ChavezJesús Chávez has been promoted from SVP of Operations to Chief Operating Officer at Latino digital media company mitú.

Based in the company’s Los Angeles headquarters, he reports to CEO Herb Scannell.

In his new role, Chávez will drive all aspects of mitú’s business strategy, including audience development across social platforms, data and analytics, and account management.

He will also continue to lead the framework and workflow to support the expansion of mitu’s strategic branded partnerships as well as digital network platforms – from Snapchat Discover to YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.

Chávez previously spent nine years at Univision, working in senior leadership roles managing digital operations and strategy across the company’s Television, Local Interactive Media and Univision Radio groups.

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Telemundo Philadelphia hires Villalobos and Anaya for new weekday newscasts

Telemundo Philadelphia hires Villalobos and Anaya for new weekday newscasts

Syrmarie Villalobos - Alondra Anaya

Syrmarie Villalobos (L) and Alondra Anaya will anchor Telemundo Philadelphia’s new weekday newscasts.

WWSI Telemundo 62 Philadelphia is launching weekday morning and midday newscasts and has hired Syrmarie Villalobos and Alondra Anaya to anchor the new shows.

“Primera Edición” at 6 am will be a 60-minute newscast and “Telemundo 62 al Mediodía” at 12 pm will run 30 minutes. Both newscasts debut Monday, April 2.

Villalobos, who joined the station on March 5, arrives from Puerto Rico, where she was an anchor and reporter at WAPA-TV.

Anaya, who will anchor weather, starts on March 26. She was most recently a weather anchor and fill-in anchor and reporter KNVN and KHSL in Chico-Redding, CA.

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Estrella TV adds del Corte and Anaya as new show hosts

Estrella TV adds del Corte and Anaya as new show hosts

Gino del Corte - Maria Elena Anaya - Estrella TV

Estrella TV is bringing returning talent on board to host midday and afternoon TV shows.

Gino Del Corte joins hosts Janice Villagran and Claudia “La Coqueta” on the user-generated content news-based program “iTestigo,” starting March 14.

The show airs Monday through Friday at 3:00 pm ET.

Model and actress María Elena Anaya, who started last week, joins Christian Ramos on the entertainment news magazine show “En Vivo,” broadcast Monday through Friday at 5 pm ET, except in Los Angeles where it airs at 12:30 pm.

Del Corte and Anaya both previously worked as hosts for the network.

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Telemundo Puerto Rico promotes Santiago

Telemundo Puerto Rico promotes Santiago

Dialma SantiagoDialma Santiago has been upped to VP of News at Telemundo Puerto Rico.

She had been News Director at the station since 2013.

An Emmy-award winning journalist, Santiago joined Telemundo Puerto Rico in 2000 as a production assistant for “Telenoticias” at 5 pm.

She was promoted to Executive Producer of “Telenoticias en la Mañana” in 2003, before becoming a producer for the 5 pm newscast.

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Veronica Villafane

I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes, writing about Hispanic media and entertainment. I am also a freelance writer, reporter and producer. 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, later becoming a digital media manager. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016.