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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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Germany or Argentina? Univision is Another Winner at the World Cup

SoccerGodsThe New York Times says the “biggest scorer” of the 2014 World Cup may be Univision.

An A1 story in today’s paper adds up what the World Cup has meant to the dominant Spanish-language U.S. network: Univision coverage has topped competitors ABC/ESPN in markets including Los Angeles, Miami and Houston. The network has averaged 80 million viewers, or about 60 percent more than the 2010 tournament. Univision has carried the World Cup since 1972. But this will be the final tournament until at least 2026. Univision rival, NBCU-owned Telemundo outbid Univision for the Spanish-language rights for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.

Over on Fusion, which is a joint venture between Univision and ABC, the host of “The Soccer Gods” Nando Vila and Simon Carr, gave their predictions for today’s Germany-Argentina final to Univison News anchor Jorge Ramos. Says Vila: “Simon, before the tournament, predicted that Germany was going to win. I predicted that Argentina was going to win… so we have a lot riding on this, mainly our entire credibility.”

World Cup Ratings Soar; Univision Has Most-Viewed Telecast in History

mexiconetherlandsAs the clock ticks down to the 4pmET start for the Round of 16 USA/Belgium World Cup match, the TV ratings for other World Cup games continue to score big in the U.S.

Univision’s airing of the Mexico vs. Netherlands match Sunday afternoon was the most-viewed telecast in U.S. Spanish-language television history. The match drew 10.4 million Total Viewers and 5.8 million Adults 18-49.

Univision’s coverage of Mexico vs. Netherlands out-delivered ESPN. Still, the English-language airing on ESPN drew 6.571 million Total Viewers making it the highest-rated men’s World Cup match, in any round not involving a U.S. team.

ABC also posted large audiences for its weekend telecasts. ABC’s coverage of Brazil beating Chile on Saturday, ranks as the third highest-rated non-U.S. men’s World Cup Round of 16 match on ESPN or ABC drawing 6.142 million Total Viewers.

For Univision, the Mexico vs. Netherlands match, with a late scoring win for the Dutch, reached 16.2 million Total Viewers who tuned into all or part of the broadcast.

The World Cup continues to score on social media, with Facebook topping 1 billion mentions from 220 million users.

Matt Lauer, Jorge Ramos, Willie Geist Write Open Letters to Their Daughters

matt lauer and daughterIn celebration of Father’s Day, TIME and Lean In have published a series of open letters from famous dads to their daughters. This year’s collection includes notes from Unvision’s Jorge Ramos and NBC’s Matt Lauer, Carson Daly and Willie Geist.

Matt Lauer:

Thank you for the gift of your compassion — for always being the first to want to help others, whether they’re friends or total strangers. Thank you for your humor and even your moods — because one gets us all through the other. On this father’s day, I want you to know that I feel I’m right where I belong — tightly wrapped around your little finger.

Jorge Ramos:

There’s a beautiful picture of us, with you sleeping on my chest. You were only a few weeks old and I was clearly mesmerized by you. That moment, captured in an old photograph, is my idea of happiness. It’s true love.

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WSJ: Univision Holds Sale Talks With CBS, Time Warner

univision logoThe owners of Univision Communications, Inc. have held “preliminary sale talks” with several media companies, including CBS and Time Warner, the Wall Street Journal reports:

Univision is controlled by a consortium of investors including billionaire Haim Saban. The owners are seeking north of $20 billion for the company, according to people familiar with the matter. The group bought Univision for $13.7 billion, including debt, in early 2007. Mr. Saban didn’t return a call seeking comment.

Univision has long been the dominant Spanish-language broadcaster in the U.S. Even so, there is no sign any of the preliminary discussions have led anywhere, however. Among other issues, one person familiar with the situation said, was the price.

Any sale to CBS or Time Warner could complicate the Univision/ABC News joint venture Fusion. The Miami-based network, which launched in October, shares a newsroom and studios with Univision’s network news division.

In 2001, following a bidding war with Viacom, NBCUniversal acquired Telemundo, the No. 2 Spanish-language network in the U.S. The price: $1.98 billion.

Jorge Ramos: ‘I’m Not Seeing Tough Questions Asked on American Television’

Jorge Ramos 2Politico’s Dylan Byers profiles Jorge Ramos, the “startlingly blunt” Univision and Fusion anchor who “makes no apologies for his outspoken stance on immigration reform.” Ramos — who recently confronted Speaker John Boehner over immigration — talks about his disappointment in the mainstream media:

“The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci used to say that for her, an interview was like a war,” he said over lemonade at Johnny’s Half Shell, a restaurant near the Capitol. “I get the sense that we’ve forgotten that here in the United States. You turn on the TV, and you see very bland interviews. Journalists in the United States are very cozy with power, very close to those in power. They laugh with them. They go to the [White House] correspondents’ dinner with them. They have lunch together. They marry each other. They’re way too close to each other. I think as journalists we have to keep our distance from power.”

“I’m not seeing tough questions asked on American television,” he added later. “I’m not seeing those correspondents that would question those in power. It’s like a club. We are not asking the tough questions.”

Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas Reacts to ABC, MSNBC Cinco de Mayo Coverage

Univision anchor Maria Elena Salinas was on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” this weekend talking about the Cinco De Mayo coverage on MSNBC and ABC. Salinas, who co-anchors “Noticiero Univision” with Jorge Ramos, said she didn’t find the incidents “insulting,” but noted they “show a lack of understanding of this so-called holiday.”

“I don’t think they meant any harm,” Salinas told Brian Stelter. “I really don’t think that the purpose of doing this was to insult. But if as a journalist you want to be accurate, then you have to be completely accurate — not only with the holiday and the date of the holiday, but you perpetuate the stereotype of that picture of the Mexican taking a siesta under a tree wearing a sombrero, and that is not necessarily what Mexicans are all about.” Watch:

20 Years of Univision’s ‘Primer Impacto’

primer impactoUnivision’s “Primer Impacto” will celebrate its 20th anniversary this weekend with a primetime special looking back at the program’s memorable interviews and moments.

For the special, which airs at 8pmET Sunday, the newsmagazine’s current anchors Barbara Bermudo and Pamela Silva Conde will be joined by former hosts Ilia Calderón and Satcha Pretto, along with former correspondents including Alejandro Mendoza, León Felipe González and Lourdes Stephen.

In a statement on the milestone, Univision president of news Isaac Lee called the newsmagazine “an invaluable resource to the communities we serve, informing and empowering them.”

Univision Launches Redesigned Website

univision logoUnivision News launched a redesigned website this week. Univision called the site “fresh, dynamic and more user friendly than ever, as it adapts to any device screen — computer, tablet or mobile phone.”

The site features more advanced video and photo displays, as well as faster publishing time and new social features. Users are able to comment next to each paragraph they read and then share those comments on social media.

“This redesign is one more example of our commitment to constantly innovate to better serve our community by providing the best multi-platform news products and the most enjoyable digital experience,” Daniel Coronell and Scott Levine wrote in a memo to Univision staffers.

Univision’s ‘Aquí y Ahora’ Posts Double Digit Growth During November Sweep

aqui y ahora logoUnivision’s newsmagazine “Aquí y Ahora” posted double-digit audience growth during the just-completed November Sweep. The show averaged 2.8 million total viewers and 1.3 million A25-54 viewers for the month, up +27% in total viewers and +27% in the demo.

Univision News president Isaac Lee attributed the growth to Univision’s recent investment and expansion of investigative journalism, saying the results “speak to Univision’s ability to deliver in-depth reporting that’s relevant to our audience and distinguishes our position in the market.”

The November 3 broadcast of “Aquí y Ahora” hit a high for the year in the A25-54 demographic, posting 1.7 million viewers. The show was an hourlong investigation of drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera.

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