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Univision and Telemundo telethons to raise funds for Mexico and Puerto Rico disaster victims

Univision and Telemundo telethons to raise funds for Mexico and Puerto Rico disaster victims

Univision - Telemundo telethonsUnivision and Telemundo will be producing live coast-to-coast specials this weekend in an effort to raise disaster relief funds for the victims of the deadly Mexico earthquake and Hurricane Maria, which has devastated Puerto Rico.

Both networks are using a message of unity for their telethons.

Univision’s “Unidos por los Nuestros” airs tomorrow Saturday and Telemundo’s “Todos Unidos” follows suit on Sunday, September 24.

All money raised will go the Red Cross to specifically benefit those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico, as well as communities impacted in Texas and Florida.

You can read more details on Forbes.

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Univision names Núñez Regional News Director, ups Godinez to AND at KDTV

Univision names Núñez Regional News Director, ups Godinez to AND at KDTV

Carolina Nunez and Luis Felipe Godinez

Univision promotes Carolina Núñez and Luis Felipe Godinez.

Effective today, Univision has promoted Carolina Núñez to VP, Regional News Director, responsible for the company’s newsrooms in the San Francisco Bay area, Sacramento, Fresno and Bakersfield.

Until now, she was News Director at KDTV 14 – a role she held since 2011.

Her promotion was announced about a month after Pablo Iacub’s exit as Univision Regional News Director. Iacub did not oversee the SF newsroom. Nuñez will have a much broader role and responsibilities.

Núñez will continue to be based at KDTV’s Univision Bay Area headquarters, currently located in San Jose. She’ll be reporting to multiple people: Raúl Rodríguez, VP and GM of Univision Bay Area, Steve Stuck, VP and GM of Univision Sacramento and Fresno, and Chris Peña, SVP of News, Local Media.

Nuñez has worked in multiple capacities within Univision since 2006, including morning show producer and news producer at KMEX Los Angeles and Online Media Publisher at KDTV, before landing the News Director job.

Given her expanded responsibilities, the company also promoted Luis Felipe Godinez today to Assistant News Director at KDTV, to help lead local news operations.

Godinez joined KDTV 14 as Executive Producer in 2012. He was previously an anchor and producer for KINC Univision Nevada. He also worked as a reporter, video journalist and anchor for Univision in Colorado and Texas.

Godinez will report to Núñez.

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Univision partners with reVolver, adds Hobbs in new VP role

Univision partners with reVolver, adds Hobbs in new VP role

Stephen Hobbs - Univision-revolverUnivision has struck a strategic audio content and advertising partnership deal with reVolver Podcasts.

As part of the agreement, reVolver co-founder Stephen Hobbs joins Univision as VP of Audio and Experiential Initiatives “to maximize content and revenue opportunities between both companies.”

In this newly created role, Hobbs will work to deliver content, promotion and revenue opportunities to the Uforia platform through reVolver’s original content strategy.

reVolver Studios, a division of reVolver Podcasts, will produce custom content for Univision, leveraging the company’s portfolio of brands and talent.

The collaboration is a part of Univision’s continued digital audio expansion, which will allow it to build on its already existing podcast offerings available on the Uforia Audio On-Demand platform.

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Univision and Telemundo condemn end of DACA; will air news specials

Univision and Telemundo condemn end of DACA; will air news specials

Univision - Telemundo DACA specials

The Trump Administration’s announcement this morning that it was ending DACA drew an immediate rebuke from Univision and Telemundo.

In a statement, Univision CEO Randy Falco called the decision to end the program “a failure to live up to a commitment already made to DREAMers and is contrary to America’s values and traditions,” affirming his intent to continue to support all DREAMers, including those who currently work for the network.

In a much briefer statement not attributed to any company executive, Telemundo called the decision to end of the temporary program that has protected Dreamers since 2012 “disheartening” and urged “Congress to act swiftly to preserve the rights of these valuable members of our community.”

Both networks will air news specials about the cancellation of DACA, which will impact about 800,000 young undocumented immigrants.

Univision will air “DACA: ¿Y Ahora Qué? At 7 pm and Noticias Telemundo will follow at 8 pm with the special “Los Dreamers y Trump, la hora de la verdad,” hosted by news anchor José Díaz-Balart.

Telemundo’s full statement:

“Telemundo stands with the 800,000 Dreamers who are integral to the economy, culture and spirit of our nation. We are disheartened by the decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In addition to the human impact of this decision, repealing DACA will result in the loss of thousands of jobs in the United States and billions of dollars in economic growth over the next decade. We urge Congress to act swiftly to preserve the rights of these valuable members of our community. All of our elected representatives should be held accountable toward this end.”

Statement from Univision CEO Randy Falco:

I am disappointed, to say the least, in today’s announcement by the Administration to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months.

The U.S. government is revoking the ability of roughly 800,000 DREAMers to continue to work and contribute in countless ways to the United States – the only home they have ever known. This is a failure to live up to a commitment already made to DREAMers and is contrary to America’s values and traditions.

As parents are sending their kids back to college, thousands of DREAMer students pursuing college degrees are trying to focus on learning, not knowing if they will be able to complete their studies. As the government sends more troops to Afghanistan, DREAMer soldiers will be deployed to fight on the front lines, knowing that the freedoms they are protecting may not be afforded to them when they return home. As employers work to build the U.S. economy, DREAMer employees who are paying taxes and contributing to the future of our nation face uncertainty of their own economic futures.

Let’s be very clear – DREAMers are our students, soldiers, first responders, coworkers, neighbors, and friends. Here at UCI we will continue to stand by them, including those talented DREAMers working at our company to advance our mission of entertaining, informing, and empowering the Hispanic community and the rising American mainstream we serve. Their stories are unmistakably American. They deserve better than this.

That is why today’s announcement should not be seen by those who espouse anti-immigrant sentiments as a “win” or a way to send hundreds of thousands of immigrants back into the shadows. We must not allow this move to foster ethnic discrimination in our neighborhoods, schools and workplaces.

Instead, this is a call to Congress to fix this mess before the United States experiences the estimated $280 to $460 billion reduction in economic growth from the loss of DREAMers in our workforce, as estimated by some studies. This is a call for Congress to work in a bipartisan fashion to enact meaningful immigration reform that takes into account those who were brought here as children and are raising their hands to learn, to serve, and to work should be allowed to legally remain in the U.S.

The American values of hard work and commitment have led millions of immigrants to the United States in search of opportunity. These values are embodied by DREAMers. It is time to permanently protect the DACA program.

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Belilty named News Director at Univision Miami

Belilty named News Director at Univision Miami

Samuel BeliltyUnivision is moving News Director Samuel Belilty from KUVN 23 Dallas to WLTV 23 Miami. The intra-company transfer is effective October 18.

No word yet on his Dallas replacement.

The move comes less than 5 months after Univision executed a round of nation-wide station layoffs that included the elimination of the news director position at WLTV 23 in Miami as part of the cuts.

At the time, Chris Peña, SVP News of Local Media took over News Director Roberto Vizcón’s role. It was considered to be a cost-saving measure, since he is based in the company’s Miami news hub and could potentially run both the local station newscast as well as oversee news operations across the country. But that has apparently changed since then.

Belilty has held management positions at Univision since joining the company in 1999. Prior to joining KUVN Univision Dallas as News Director in January of 2014, he was News Director at KWEX Univision San Antonio for over 6 years. He started at KFTV-TV Univision Fresno as Creative Services Director, before leaving the station as News Director news director almost 9 years later.

He previously worked at Radio Caracas Television in his native Venezuela.

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Telemundo boasts primetime ratings victory over Univision

Telemundo boasts primetime ratings victory over Univision

Telemundo primetimeTelemundo’s primetime ratings streak appears to be back. The network scored its first ever 8 to 11 pm primetime ratings victory over Univision last year, but lost ground months later.

But now things are again looking up for Telemundo, which is celebrating its position as the #1 Spanish-language network during Monday through Friday from 8 to 11 pm for the fourth consecutive week among adults 18-49. It’s also #1 among adults 18-34 in primetime for the past six consecutive weeks, according to Nielsen.

“Jenni Rivera: Mariposa de Bario” at 8 pm, “Sin Senos Sí Hay Paraíso” at 9 pm and “El Señor de los Cielos” at 10 pm are driving Telemundo’s ratings charge, outperforming Univision’s most recent premieres this month among adults 18-49, including “Enamorándome de Ramón” on August 8 at 8 pm (736,000 vs 616,000), “La Tierra Prometida” on August 7 at 10 pm (1,301,000 vs 805,000) and “Mi Marido Tiene Familia” at 9 pm on August 21 (995,000 vs 719,000).

Source: Nielsen, L+SD, M-F 8-11pm, A18-49 #1 rank based on four weeks (7/24/17-8/18/17); A18-34 #1 rank based on six weeks (7/10/17-8/18/17).

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María Elena Salinas’ English-language newsmagazine on ID gets second season pick-up

María Elena Salinas’ English-language newsmagazine on ID gets second season pick-up

Maria Elena Salinas The Real StoryJust days after María Elena Salinas told viewers on live television that she would leave her job as Univision anchor at the end of the year, Investigation Discovery announced it has renewed her English-language primetime newsmagazine.

Season 2 of “The Real Story With María Elena Salinas” will premiere in 2018, keeping the anchor on the air after her departure from Univision.

“The Real Story,” her first English-language series, debuted in April.

Salinas, the longest-running female news anchor in the country, says “the show’s renewal had nothing to do with my decision to leave Univision,” and insists she had been thinking about leaving her current job for years to focus her time on other interests.

She shares why and how she made the decision to leave and what she aspires to do professionally once she leaves Univision – her home for the past 36 years – in an exclusive interview for Forbes.

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María Elena Salinas to leave Univision

María Elena Salinas to leave Univision

Maria Elena SalinasAnchor María Elena Salinas today announced she is not renewing her contract with Univision and will leave the network in December.

Her departure will close a 36-year career at Univision, during which she became the longest running female network news anchor in the country.

Starting in January, Salinas will work independently as a journalist and producer.

Earlier this year, she landed her first series in English on Discovery ID – “The Real Story with María Elena Salinas.”

According to a Discovery spokesperson, “The Real Story” averaged over one million total viewers across its 10 primetime episode premieres and was ID’s top series among Hispanics during the second quarter of this year.

In a release, Univision said it will announce Salinas’ replacement on the network newscast with Jorge Ramos and the co-host who will join Teresa Rodríguez on the newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” in the coming months.

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I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. 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. 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. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.
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