Gigi Sohn’s Backers Dismiss Call For Different FCC Nominee

Supporters of FCC nominee Gigi Sohn are dismissing a call over the weekend by advocacy group ALLvanza for President Joe Biden to drop Sohn’s nomination in favor of a Hispanic candidate.

Telemundo Local Academy Launches At California State University, Northridge This Fall

The Telemundo Station Group, part of NBCUniversal Local — a division that includes 43 NBC/Telemundo stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico and six regional sports networks — today announced California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is its fourth and newest partner for the group’s “Telemundo Local Academy” journalism training program. The one-year program kicks off […]

Jessica Delgado Joins Univision Noticias

Meteorologist and journalist Jessica Delgado has joined Univision Noticias programming. She is reporting daily weather updates on morning programming such as Despierta America and ViX’s La Voz de la Mañana. Additionally, she will report breaking weather updates on all news programming within Univision Noticias. Delgado brings over a decade of experience as a journalist, with at least nine years as a […]

Estrella Media Debuts Cine EstrellaTV FAST Channel On LG Channels

Spanish-language media company Estrella Media today announced that smart TV maker LG Electronics will carry Estrella Media’s FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) networks through LG Channels. LG is the first partner to launch Estrella Media’s brand-new Cine EstrellaTV FAST channel this month. In addition, LG Channels will carry Estrella News, delivering live Spanish-language news coverage, and EstrellaTV, the flagship television network […]

NBCU Telemundo Names Sandra Smester EVP, Programming Development

Smester was just recently executive VP and chief content officer of TV Azteca. In her new job, she will be responsible for primetime and daytime programming, content acquisitions, program scheduling and the cable network Universo. She will report to Ronald Day, president of entertainment and content strategy at NBCU Telemundo Enterprises.

Entravision Promotes Karina Cerda To EVP Of Global Marketing

Entravision, a global advertising solutions, media and technology company, has appointed Karina Cerda executive vice president of global marketing. In this newly created position, she will spearhead a company-wide effort to bring Entravision’s collective global marketing strategies together under a single unified umbrella. “We are very excited to announce Karina’s appointment to this important, new […]

NBC Sports Chicago To Offer Live White Sox Games With Spanish Commentary Beginning Aug. 1

NBC Sports Chicago – home of the Chicago White Sox –will present live coverage of four White Sox games with Spanish-language commentary on NBCSC+, beginning with the team’s matchup against the Kansas City Royals on Aug. 1 at 7:10 p.m. NBC Sports Chicago said this is the first time it is producing alternate Spanish-language coverage of the White Sox. […]

EARNINGS CALL

TelevisaUnivision Confident Heading Into Second Half Of 2022

Regardless of the direction of the economy in the coming months, Univision is expecting a big boost from political advertising.

QUARTERLY REPORT

TelevisaUnivision Shows Advertising Strength In First Full Quarterly Report Since Merger

In its first full quarter of results, TelevisaUnivision reported a modest uptick in revenue and reiterated its belief in having a unique market opportunity, though its adjusted income faltered due to investments in streaming. The earnings report reflected operations during the quarter ending June 30. On January 31, Univision and the media division of Mexico-based Televisa completed a $4.8 billion merger, creating the world’s top Spanish-language media company and keeping it privately held.

WNJU New York Adds Meteorologist Florencia Giménez

Telemundo’s WNJU New York has added meteorologist Florencia Giménez to its La Autoridad en El Tiempo (Weather Authority) team. She will be weekend weather anchor for Noticiero Telemundo 47 Fin de Semana at 6 and 11 p.m. and will also support Telemundo 47’s weekday newscasts. Her on-air debut will be in late July. With the addition of Giménez, Telemundo says WNJU […]

FuboTV Settles Carriage Beef With Univision

Univision has come to terms with virtual MVPD provider FuboTV on a broadcast retransmission deal, ending an impasse that threatened to black out channels including the flagship Univision, UniMas, Galavision and TUDN.

TelevisaUnivision Posts ‘Double-Digit’ Upfront Volume Growth

Scoring strong upfront ad market revenue results, Spanish-language media group, TelevisaUnivision posted “double-digit” volume growth, according to a media executive close to the company — its best result in seven years. The media company posted “high single digit” cost-per-thousand viewer increases versus the upfront market of a year ago. A TelevisaUnivision representative had no comment with regard to the upfront negotiations.

Cox Media Group Grows Relationship With Telemundo

CMG adds Telemundo affiliates in Jacksonville, Fla., and Seattle and also renews its contract with the Hispanic network in Charlotte, N.C.

TVN FOCUS ON BUSINESS

Gray Television Buying LPTVs To Expand Into Spanish-Language TV

Acquisition of some 40 LPTVs allows Gray to bring Telemundo to 34 new markets, as well as gain spectrum and broadcast strength. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

TelevisaUnivision, VideoAmp Strike Pact To Help Advertisers Measure U.S. Hispanic Audiences

TelevisaUnivision is getting more entrenched in TV’s measurement wars. The Spanish-language media giant is teaming up with data company VideoAmp, one of a growing number of audience-measurement companies whose services are being tapped as TV networks mull alternatives to Nielsen, the industry’s de factor arbiter of audience size. Under terms of the pact, TelevisaUnivision will use VideoAmp’s data in a suite of advanced advertising solutions, giving advertisers a better sense of the viewers they are reaching and their responses to commercials.

Crishtbel Mora And Valeria Aponte Join WWSI Philadelphia

Crishtbel Mora and Valeria Aponte will join Telemundo’s WWSI Philadelphia as a multimedia journalist and anchor/reporter, respectively. Mora will start on June 13 and Aponte will start June 20. “We’re excited to welcome Crishtbel and Valeria to our news team for Noticiero Telemundo62,” said Ana Hernandez, WWSI news director. “Their passion and dedication to journalism will help us continue our commitment to delivering the […]

Estrella Media Elevates René Santaella To Chief Digital And Streaming Officer

He’s promoted from EVP, digital & streaming media at the Hispanic-targetted media company.

Six Canela Channels To Debut on Roku’s New Spanish Language Offering

Canela Media, a minority-owned company committed to redefining digital media experiences for the Hispanic community, announced today that six of Canela.TV’s channels will debut on The Roku Channel’s Espacio Latino, its new Spanish language offering. Some of the channels being offered include: Canela.TV, Canela Clasicos, Canela Telenovelas and Canela Sports. The channels will be available […]

Talking TV: The Weather En Español

TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp talks with Sussy Ruiz, editor in chief of the newly-launched The Weather Channel en Español, about the streaming- and digital-only channel’s value proposition to Spanish-speaking viewers, its ambitions to widen its coverage radar further south of the border and how understanding the cultures of its target audience will be crucial to its success. A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Estrella Launches EstrellaTV And KRCA Los Angeles On YouTube TV

Estrella Media, a Spanish-language multiplatform media content company, has launched a live streaming simulcast of EstrellaTV’s KRCA Los Angeles station and its national EstrellaTV feed on YouTube TV. KRCA is available to Southern California users. “Getting our popular EstrellaTV network and Los Angeles station KRCA on YouTube TV is both energizing for our growth in streaming and empowering for […]

A Force In Hollywood’s Private-Equity Boom Adds A Spanish-Language Company

Candle Media, run by former Disney executives, is buying Exile, which has deals to produce shows (including Club Mundo Kids, above) for Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime.

KMEX Los Angeles Names Oswaldo Borraez Anchor Of ‘Noticias 34 At 6 P.M.’

Univision’s KMEX Los Angeles today appointed Oswaldo Borraez anchor of Univision Los Angeles’ early evening newscast Noticias 34 a las 6 p.m. Borraez has been anchoring alongside Andrea Gonzalez since January. Marco Flores, KMEX news director and vice president of news, said: “Borraez has an extensive expertise and knowledge of the market which makes him an undeniable […]

UPFRONTS

Telemundo Bets On World Cup To Kick Off Streaming Push

In addition to a slate of originals for TPlus and the broadcast network, Telemundo is also planning a 24-hour streaming news service.

YouTube TV Launches Spanish-Language Only Streaming Plan

YouTube TV now offers a streaming plan featuring only Spanish-language channels and is also beefing up the lineup of Spanish-language content with a new add-on for the virtual MVPD’s base package. The new option, called Spanish Plan, costs $34.99 per month (with an intro rate of $24.99 per month for the first six) and features 28 channels in Spanish.

TelevisaUnivision Names Michael Angus Head Of U.S. Distribution

He moves from Sinclair Broadcast Group to lead distribution of TelevisaUnivision’s broadcast and cable networks, the new ViX global streaming platform and other related content to TelevisaUnivision’s network distribution partners.

TelevisaUnivision Buying Streaming Service Pantaya

The purchase from Hemisphere Media Group brings together complementary streaming assets, building upon TelevisaUnivision’s investments in and launch of a global streaming service amid the company’s ongoing digital transformation.

Estrella, Canela, Nuestra.TV Tout Diverse Programming For Hispanic Audiences At NewFronts

It’s an old song, but it continues to ring true: U.S. Hispanics are underserved and oftentimes misunderstood. There are 62 million Hispanics in the U.S. with $2 trillion in purchasing power, and like other ethnic groups, they’re slowly but surely eschewing linear television for streaming video, particularly ad-supported content.

‘People’s Choice Latin Music Awards’ Set For Telemundo In 2023

The People’s Choice Awards is expanding across NBCU’s television portfolio with today’s announcement of the first People’s Choice Latin Music Awards, set to air on Telemundo in the spring of  2023. The show will celebrate all genres of Hispanic music, entertainment, style, and pop culture, chosen entirely by the audience in the same spirit of the established brand. In addition to the live awards ceremony and red carpet celebrity specials, extensive content will be available across platforms.

Gray And Telemundo Expand Affiliation Partnership

In addition to extending its 12 current affiliations, the station group will launch Telemundo affiliations in 22 additional markets.

Gray Closes Its Purchase Of WKTB-CD Atlanta

Susan Sim Oh now leads Gray’s Telemundo station group.

TelevisaUnivision’s ViX Streamer Launches Today

TelevisaUnivision’s streaming service ViX is now available to all users in the U.S., Mexico and most of Spanish-speaking Latin America. The free, ad-supported video on demand tier is available on all major mobile platforms, connected TV devices and at vix.com. This includes Apple iOS and tvOS devices, Android mobile and Android TV OS devices, Amazon Fire TV, Roku devices and Samsung Smart TVs.

TVN TECH

Fox News, Telemundo Lean On IP Technology For Ukraine War Coverage

The broadcasters are writing a new playbook for live coverage of a war where embedding isn’t an option, connectivity can be disrupted at any time and safety is a constant concern. Above: TVU Networks has used three cellular carriers in support of customers covering the conflict in Ukraine: KyivStar, Vodafone and LifeCell.

Spanish Language News Anchor María Elena Salinas Jumps To ABC News

WSB, WUVG Atlanta Set Local News Coverage Partnership

In Atlanta, Cox Media’s ABC affiliate WSB and Univision’s WUVG today unveiled a new partnership for viewers in metro Atlanta and North  Georgia. “The combined reach and influence of WSB-TV and Univision Atlanta will not only be impressive, but also impactful,” said Ray Carter, WSB vice president and general manager. “Whether it is breaking news, […]

TelevisaUnivision’s Streaming Service ViX Will Be Available On Roku

WTMO Orlando Adds Yisel Tejeda As Noon Anchor

Estrella Media Promotes Advertising Sales Executives

Canela Media Names Jerry Leo Chief Content Officer

Canela Media, a minority-owned digital media technology company, has appointed Jerry Leo chief content officer. In this newly created role, Leo will be responsible for driving a strategic and systematic approach to content strategy from advanced planning, programming, production, and distribution across all Canela Media platforms including Canela TV and Canela Music. Launched in 2020, Canela.TV, one of the […]

Belén Smole Joins WWSI Philadelphia As News Anchor

WWSI Philadelphia (Telemundo62) has hired Belén Smole as anchor for Noticiero Telemundo62. Smole will join Alberto Rullán on the anchor desk weekday evenings at 5 and 6 p.m. She starts on Monday, March 21. Smole comes to WWSI from KXLN, the Univision affiliate in Houston where she was a consumer investigative reporter and fill-in morning anchor. […]

NBCU Partners With Telemundo To Increase Hispanic Female Directors In Scripted TV

NBCU Launch, the umbrella brand that houses the comprehensive diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts across NBCU’s television portfolio, has forged a new partnership with Telemundo to increase the number of Hispanic female directors in scripted television. This partnership is an extension of the Hispanic network’s award-winning corporate initiative Mujeres Imparables (Unstoppable Women).