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José Díaz-Balart: ‘I’m Not an Activist, I’m a Journalist’

JoseDiazBalartPolitics may be the family business, but José Díaz-Balart decided long ago that journalism was his passion. This morning, Díaz-Balart, who anchors Telemundo’s evening news and its Sunday public affairs show, adds another hour of live TV, as host of MSNBC’s 10amET hour. (MSNBC and Telemundo are both owned by NBCU.)

“If you’re going to watch my show to be strictly reaffirmed that your personal opinion is the only good ones, you’re going to have some moments of bitterness,” Díaz-Balart told us in an interview last week. “It really is about opening up lines of dialogue, opening up to other communities, opening up to other thoughts across the board.”

That goes against the grain of most of MSNBC’s afternoon and evening programs, which lean left, toward a progressive audience. Díaz-Balart is the younger brother of republican congressman Mario Díaz-Balart and former GOP Rep. Lincoln Díaz-Balart. The family has strong ties to South Florida’s Cuban community. Díaz-Balart’s aunt was Fidel Castro‘s first wife.

Born in Ft. Lauderdale, Díaz-Balart graduated from New College in Sarasota, where he began his career as a radio reporter. With TV jobs on both sides of the border — as Central American bureau chief for Univision in El Salvador, later reporting for WTVJ in Miami as well as CBS News This Morning — doubling his workload pales in comparison to what the people he reports on, are facing right now.

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MSNBC to Air ‘Underwater Dreams’

UnderwaterDreamsMSNBC is among the NBCU networks which will air a new documentary championed by NBCUniversal Hispanic Enterprises and Content. The film, “Underwater Dreams,” chronicles the story of four teenage boys, the sons of Mexican immigrants, who entered a sophisticated underwater robotics competition, going up against the likes of engineering powerhouse MIT.

The film will first run in about 100 AMC theatres across the country on Friday. Then two weeks from today, on July 20, MSNBC and Telemundo will simultaneously broadcast a special television version of the film, in both English and Spanish. NBCU network mun2 will broadcast it the following day.

The film is produced by award-winning filmmaker Mary Mazzio. Actor Michael Peña is the narrator. Jeb Bush, Jr., is among the executive producers of the project which was funded in part by The Bezos Family Foundation.

Pres. Obama Gives Interview to Telemundo

Following some criticism by Spanish-language media for shutting them out last week during a round of interviews, President Obama has granted an interview to Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart. One of the president’s chief critics last week was Diaz-Balart’s competitor, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos who Tweeted:

Parts of the Obama interview will air tomorrow night on “Noticiero Telemundo” with the full interview airing on Telemundo’s Sunday public affairs show, “Enfoque” also hosted by Díaz-Balart. The Telemundo anchor is the brother of Republican Florida congressman Mario Díaz-Balart.

María Celeste Arrarás Named Co-Anchor Of ‘Noticiero Telemundo’

Telemundo has named María Celeste Arrarás as the co-anchor of evening newscast “Noticiero Telemundo.” Arrarás, known as “María Celeste” on her Telemundo newsmagazine “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” will appear alongside current anchor José Díaz-Balart. She will continue to host “Al Rojo Vivo.”

The addition of María Celeste is meant to help bolster Telemundo’s evening newscast, which–while growing–is still a distant second among Spanish-language viewers behind Univision’s “Noticiero Univision.”

Univision’s newscast also has a two-person anchor team, led by Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas. Until the addition of María Celeste, Diaz-Balart was flying solo on Telemundo’s evening newscast.

María Celeste has also appeared on NBC News programming, including “NBC Night;y News,” “Today” and “Dateline.” NBC is the parent company of Telemundo.
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Telemundo Scores Interview With President Obama

NBC’s Spanish-language network Telemundo has scored an exclusive interview with President Obama focusing on immigration reform.

Telemundo’s chief Washington correspondent Lori Montenegro will interview the President at the White House today. It will air on “Noticiero Telemundo” at 6:30 PM. The President last spoke to Telemundo in February, when he spoke to Jose Diaz-Balart, also about immigration reform.

As with the last interview, look for excerpts to appear on MSNBC and NBC News, in addition to Telemundo.

Important update: Univision has announced that President Obama will also be speaking with them, and the interview will air at 6:30 as well.

Democracy Plaza Returns for NBC News Networks

Rockefeller Plaza will once again turn into Democracy Plaza in the final week of the 2012 elections. The plaza will be the backdrop for Decision 2012 coverage for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, NBC News Channel, and WNBC in the week leading up to the election.

On election night, a giant map on the Rockefeller Center skating rink will be filled in as each state goes for either Obama or Romney while red and blue banners representing the electoral vote will climb the front of 30 Rockefeller Center.

Democracy Plaza will be free and open to the public beginning next Tuesday until election day with several interactive exhibits for visitors including replicas of the Oval Office and the White House press briefing room, a video booth and caricature artists roaming the plaza.

NBC News Takes Advantage Of Telemundo Ownership With Obama Interview

As we noted, President Obama granted interviews to CBS News and Telemundo yesterday. The full CBS News interview will air at some point on “60 Minutes,” while the Telemundo interview will air tonight.

That said, CBS News picked out a few juicy parts to feature on its broadcasts early, and NBCUniversal, which owns both NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo, wasn’t about to let that opportunity slide by.

Clips from Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart‘s interview were featured on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” last night, and on “Today” this morning.

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NBC News, Telemundo Reveal DNC, RNC Coverage Plans

NBC News and Telemundo have announced their coverage plans for the 2012 Democratic and Republican national conventions. As expected, NBC will not have coverage on the Wednesday of the DNC, due to the NFL kickoff game. It will make up for that with two hours of coverage on Thursday, however.

Brian Williams will lead NBC’s primetime coverage, and will also anchor “NBC Nightly News” from Tampa and Charlotte. “Meet the Press” will originate from Tampa the Sunday before the RNC, but will originate from DC before the DNC. For the RNC Matt Lauer will co-anchor a split “Today” from Tampa, while Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor from Charlotte for the DNC. The usual suspects, from Tom Brokaw and Chuck Todd to Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory, will contribute to the network’s coverage.

There will be a significant online component, although NBC will have significantly less online streaming than either CBS or ABC News. NBC of course has MSNBC, which will more than make up for that in its 20+ hours a day of coverage.

José Díaz-Balart will lead Telemundo’s coverage, and will anchor “Noticiero Telemundo” from each convention.

Much more information, after the jump.

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NBC News, Telemundo To Partner On ‘Decision 2012′ Election Coverage

NBC News and Telemundo are both part of the NBCUniversal family, and for the first time, the two corporate cousins will be leveraging their relationship to cover a Presidential election. NBC News and Telemundo will be partnering on “Decision 2012″ coverage starting immediately, with NBC News senior VP Alexandra Wallace managing the relationship between the two companies going forward.

What do the companies get? Telemundo gets access to a massive wealth of political information and news provided by NBC News, while NBC gets insight and information related to Hispanic voters, a key voting demographic.

“In addition to featuring reports from Telemundo, NBC News and MSNBC’s reporters, efforts will include joint monthly polls, coverage of the candidates’ campaigns, conventions, and high visibility events around civic engagement and the role of the Hispanic vote,” NBC says.

The partnership is a key one for Telemundo. Univision is by far the ratings leader in Spanish-language TV, and that lead extends to its news programming. Univision is also partnering with ABC News to develop a new 24 hour cable news channel. Considering that both NBC News and Telemundo have news divisions, and they are already part of the same company, there is simply no good reason why the to shouldn’t share resources if it helps to keep them competitive.

More information after the jump.

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Education Nation Hits the Beach

This TVNewser happens to be in Miami for the weekend, just as NBC’s company-wide Education Nation initiative lands in South Florida. Several days of on-air and off-air events will be dedicated to the impact of education among Hispanics. This afternoon, NBC’s Rehema Ellis will moderate a Teacher Town Hall which will air on South Florida’s Telemundo station WSCV. The town hall will also be available as a live web stream beginning at 1pmET at educationnation.com. Also today, Telemundo will broadcast a special education edition of the network’s Sunday public affairs show “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart.”

We’ll catch up with “Today” show news anchor Natalie Morales tomorrow who will be here to moderate a panel discussion Monday night at the New World Center in Miami Beach with several guests including Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis.

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