Univision Revamps Puerto Rico TV Operation

The Univision station in Puerto Rico, WLII Caguas, laid off 99 employees in its news, production and promotion departments today.

In doing so, the station nixed its morning, noon and evening newscasts. However, Ruben & Co., roundtable discussion program hosted by local radio and TV personality Ruben Sanchez, expands to one-hour, Monday to Friday and moves to 5 p.m., according to Univision.

Univision announced that Puerto Rico media executive Jaime Bauzá has been promoted to the new position of senior vice president and general manager, overseeing all of Univision’s Puerto Rico media interests, its television stations, four radio stations and digital assets. The former station manager was Malule Gonzalez.

Univision Puerto Rico also announced that Nelson Ruiz, executive producer for Univision Network, will be doing a request of proposals for programming created and produced in Puerto Rico to add to its offerings on the station in 2015.

Said Bauza: “We are confident that by moving Rubén’s show, by inviting new local producers to explore opportunities with Univision Canal 11 and by leveraging the content and resources of Univision Network, we will bring new energy and ideas.”

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