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Local Telemundo Station Names New Vice President In Charge of Content

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WNJU, Telemundo‘s New York local station, has appointed Jose Morales to oversee digital and broadcast content. Previously, Morales was Director of Digital Content for Telemundo Local Media and his work has won the network 2 Emmys, making him an ideal candidate to oversee the WNJU’s day to day operations.

Full press release after the jump.

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Will Comcast Buy NBC Universal From GE?

nbcu.jpgRumors, theories and conjectures have been swirling since The Wrap reported yesterday that a deal between cable provider Comcast and GE-owned NBC Universal “had already been completed at a purchase price of $35 billion.”

But reps from Comcast later told Bloomberg, “the report that Comcast has a deal to purchase NBC Universal is inaccurate.”

However, that same report revaled that “negotiations for Comcast to buy about 50 percent of NBC Universal have been under way for at least two months.” Such a deal would depend on whether French company Vivendi SA decides to sell its 20 percent stake in NBCU.

After the jump, what some people around the industry are saying about the possible deal.

Update: Our sister blog TVNewser has an email from NBCU CEO Jeff Zucker to employees. Of the future of Vivendi’s stake, Zucker said, “They have not yet made us aware of any final decisions about their future with us; should they choose to exit, there are a number of possible things that could happen.”

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KTLA-TV Gets A New Sales Team

We got the following press release in our inbox today:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 4, 2008 — KTLA-TV, a Tribune Company television station, today unveiled a new leadership team for its national and local sales operation, announcing the hiring of three talented sales executives with extensive experience in the Los Angeles market.

Patricia Tang has been appointed general sales manager for KTLA, overseeing all of the station’s sales operations. Tang was formerly local sales manager at KCBS-TV in Los Angeles.

Troy Arce has been named local sales manager for KTLA. She had been the local sales manager at KCAL-TV since 2002.

Nancy Caldwell also becomes local sales manager for KTLA, having served as a local account executive for KCBS-TV since 2000.

“Patti, Troy and Nancy are an incredibly strong team that has the advantage of already knowing the Los Angeles market and our viewers,” said John Moczulski, KTLA-TV’s vice president/station manager.

“Most important, they’ve built long-term relationships in the advertising industry that will allow them to move quickly to be successful at KTLA.”

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Salinas Officially Exits Telemundo

mirthala.jpegOctober 1 came and went yesterday and so did Mirthala Salinas‘ job at Telemundo.

The television newscaster, whose highly publicized affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa led to a two month suspension from Telemundo’s KVEA TV, failed to report back to work on Monday.

Her absence then led the network to release a statement that she would not be returning…ever. Salinas was due to report to her new gig in the Inland Empire which was a reassignment from her previous post in LA – something she was apparently unhappy about, reports the LA Times.

Of course, Salinas herself could not be reached for comment and the Mayor’s office handed down a big “no comment.”

- CHRIS GARDNER

ERSNews.com Flips LAT The Bird

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ERSNews.com mocks the LAT for its handling of the affair between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Telemundo reporter Mirthala Salinas, taunting the paper of record for continuing to “to bring up the rear in reporting on this story.”

The fellas at ERS are making a name for themselves with this story, and they know it:

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LAT in 90 Seconds

31435173.jpgComic-Con Coverage: Is relegated to a weird, catch-all blog that features poorly produced video segments of — from what we can tell — nothing.

bigolsmiel.jpgSilence Is Golden: Nondisclosure agreements aren’t just for nannies anymore. The LAT reports that in our gossipy age, celebs — and many non-celebs — are requiring everyone from plumber and gardeners to delivery people to promise to keep their mouths shut.

31430594.jpgThings Just Got Interestinger: While Telemundo considers the fate of Mirthala Salinas, the reporter who had an affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Telemundo’s corporate parent, NBC Universal will be leaning on the mayor to help pass a massive $3-billion development plan. A little tat for, um, tit?

ERSnews.com: Salina’s Affair Nothing New. And Telemundo Knew It

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Telemundo and NBC brass allegedly knew about reporter Mirthala Salinas’s relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. Not only did they do virtually nothing about it. They may have tried to use it to their advantage.

ERSnews.com reports:

Multiple sources close to Telemundo and NBC tell ERSNews exclusively that on numerous occasions during Salina’s tenure with the station, that her personal relationships with the politicians she dated while covering and reporting on them as a journalist, were brought to station management’s attention. According to those same sources, who fear retaliation for revealing and exposing management’s involvement in the case, their concerns were dismissed repeatedly by management.

A source close the case even went as far to tell ERSNews.com that Salinas ‘special relationship’ with the mayor was utilized by station management to garner access to the mayor when it was beneficial for the station to do so.

To which we have thing to say to the reporter’s management: Ewwww.

LAT in 90 Seconds

bigger.jpgBoy Gets Theater: Columnist Patrick Goldstein waxes poetic about two new Westside movie theaters.

potterh.jpgWhat Scares Harry Potter? Thousands of screaming teenagers. Describing a Beatles-esque scene, Gina Piccalo reports that the crowd that formed in Hollywood to catch a glimpse of the Potter cast were so deafening, “the actors were barely audible to reporters standing just inches away.”

vial.jpgSizzlin’ Journalism: The normally reserved political press gets all hot and bothered at two press conferences with Villaraigosa — peppering the mayor with questions about his affair with Telemundo newscaster Mirthala Salinas. Reporter Duke Helfand sets the scene:

The news conference devolved into a chaotic free-for-all with reporters shoving their microphones in his face and shouting questions in English and Spanish.

It was the kind of persistent media coverage usually reserved for Hollywood royalty hunted by paparazzi in search of a money shot.

At a separate downtown news conference earlier in the day to announce a $7.8-million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for Green Dot Public Schools, nearly two dozen journalists turned a frenzied question-and-answer session into a near-National Enquirer moment.

Ignoring teachers and parents standing a few feet away, journalists zeroed in on Villaraigosa, with one wanting to know what kind of example he had set for “thousands of people of color.”

LAT in 90 Seconds

livearth.jpgBest Quote About Live Earth: Is in today’s story about tepid ticket sales:

Asked last month about Live Earth, Roger Daltrey of the Who, which is not a participant, moaned: “The last thing the planet needs is a rock concert.”

workit.jpgWrong Number: A UCLA communications major inherits Paris Hilton’s old cell number. Hilarity ensues.

villaffair.jpgLeast Surprising Story of The Day: As previously reported, Telemundo placed newscaster Mirthala Salinas on paid leave Thursday while it investigates whether the political reporter “breached journalistic ethics” by having an affair with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

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