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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.

George to Jorge: One of the Things I’ve Learned is to Let Go

JorgeGeorge304During the first of what may be a recurring segment on the new network Fusion, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos and ABC anchor George Stephanopoulos, along with Fusion anchor Alicia Menendez, chatted about politics, policy and the news business, including the “GMA,” “Today” show rivalry and Monday’s “GMA,” “Despierta America” crossover episode.

Jorge also asked George what was the secret behind his transition from working in the White House, to becoming a political pundit, to anchoring the news.

“The secret is to always dance on the inside, not the outside,” joked Stephanopoulos, known for his straight-laced role on “GMA.” “One of the things I’ve had to learn in the morning, is to let go a lot of that preparation and just go with the moment…go with the flow.”

Both Jorge and George host Sunday morning public affairs shows on their respective networks. Jorge’s secret: he tapes “Al Punto” on Fridays.

“I gotta work on that Friday afternoon taping thing,” said the ABC George.

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As Fusion is Born, a Morning Party for Parents ABC and Univision

Josh Elliott, Robin Roberts, Raul Gonzalez, Karla Martinez and George StephanopoulosWith just hours to go until the official launch of Fusion, ABC News and Univision put their partnership on display this morning, joining top-rated morning shows “Good Morning America” and “Despierta America” for an elaborate crossover event.

Producing two distinct shows, on two networks, in two languages, was “tricky,” as one ABC producer said in the understatement of the morning.

Miami-based Univision sent producers and talent to New York, while several members of the “GMA” team were in Miami. As we watched from the “Good Morning America” control room, producers from both programs scanned each show’s rundown for opportunities to simulcast. Updates were relayed in both English and Spanish to keep staffers in New York and Miami on the same page. On one of the dozens of control room screens, a Univision feed showed Lara Spencer and Sam Champion dancing wildly on the “Despierta America” set in Miami, leading senior executive producer Tom Cibrowski to joke that the pair may never return to New York.

“The show’s been on the air about 18 minutes and I think I’ve lost three pounds,” Champion joked during his first weather report.

On the “GMA” set, Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez sat with Honey Berry, the “Despierta America” chihuahua named after actress Halle Berry, and, during commercial breaks, chatted with Robin Roberts, George Stephanopoulos and Josh Elliott. The five anchors were on the go throughout: juggling segments in the ground-floor studio, an outdoor cooking segment, and a performance from Enrique Iglesias upstairs.

This morning’s frenetic pace is just another day at the office for Martinez and Gonzalez.

“I was making fun of George. I saw he was so concentrated, reading and everything (during commercial breaks),” Martinez told TVNewser after the show. “I told him: you guys are so serious. In our studio … we’re so loud!” Read more

‘GMA’ and ‘Despierta America’ Will Join Forces on Fusion Launch Day

To mark the launch of Fusion next Monday, ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Univision’s “Despierta America” will combine for a “fused” morning show. Univision’s Karla Martinez and Raul Gonzalez will join the “GMA” team in Times Square, while ABC’s Lara Spencer and Sam Champion will be live from the “Despierta America” set in Miami.

Portions of each broadcast will be simulcast on both networks to a combined audience of over 6 million viewers. Pedro Andrade, Mariana Atencio, and Yannis Pappas, the hosts of “The Morning Show” on Fusion, will also be part of the crossover event.

Univision’s ‘Primer Impacto’ Gets a New Home in the Newsport

primer impacto“Primer Impacto,” Univision’s nightly newsmagazine, has moved to a new set in the Miami Newsport, the new home of Fusion and Univision News. Along with its redesigned studio, the show has added new segments and expanded its social media integration.

“For almost 20 years, the show has been steadfastly committed to serving the Hispanic community through uniquely bold, no-holds-barred reporting on an immense variety of issues, earning millions of viewers’ continued trust and loyalty and playing an important role in informing and empowering that community,” Univision News president Isaac Lee said in a statement. “Now, armed with the most advanced technology available today in the television industry, it enhances its commitment to delivering first-rate journalism with an impact.”

The revamped show will debut a segment on new tech innovations as well as a truth-or-lie segment to fact-check entertainment news. Additionally, the show will feature social media responses from viewers on the screen.

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South of the Border and Below the Belt: Talk Show Host Takes on CNN Anchor

Bozzo ShowLaura Bozzo

One of Latin America’s most popular talk show hosts is in a war of words with a CNN en Espanol anchor.

Laura Bozzo, (above) host of “Laura” (seen in the U.S. on UniMas) is being vilified on social media for using a state helicopter to stage a dramatic arrival — in full rescue garb — in a remote Mexican village that had been decimated by Tropical Storm Manuel.

That stunt has drawn the condemnation of government officials and journalists, including Carmen Aristegui, (below) who hosts a show on CNN en Espanol. Aristegui talked with two journalists who witnessed what happened. One of them said he saw the helicopter descend, saw Bozzo talking to personnel on the ground. Then, the helicopter ascended, only to come back down and have cameras capture Bozzo’s descent.

CarmenAristeguiFollowing Aristegui’s criticism on Tuesday, Bozzo went on a rant on her show Wednesday. “I have been attacked personally by very repugnant means by someone who says she is a journalist,” said Bozzo. “Liar, Ms. Carmen Aristegui. You are a LIAR!”

Today, Aristegui doubled down, telling viewers she wouldn’t “change one comma” of her criticism. “This country doesn’t deserve this swill,” she says of Bozzo.

Peruvian-born Bozzo hosted a Jerry Springer-like show, first from Lima and later from Miami, called “Laura en America.” She returned to Peru, where in 2003, she began serving 30 months of house arrest amid a corruption scandal. She moved to Mexico in 2009 where she’s hosted various similar programs.

Univision to Launch Weekly Health Show

cita con tu saludUnivision has announced the launch of a new weekly health show set to debut tomorrow. “Cita con tu Salud” will be hosted by Enrique Acevedo and Pamela Silva Conde, with Univision chief medical correspondent Dr. Juan Rivera.

Univision says the show, which will air at 4:30pmET Sundays, will focus on a wide variety of medical issues and “place special emphasis on the Affordable Care Act.” Production of the show’s first season is supported by The California Endowment, a private health foundation that seeks to increase awareness of the ACA and enroll Latinos into health care.

“As the leading source of news and information for the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision News is excited to launch ‘Cita con tu Salud’ to address the main health concerns of our audiences and provide them with the information they need to better understand the new healthcare law,” Univision News president Isaac Lees said in a statement. “‘Cita con tu Salud’ is one more example of Univision’s commitment to informing and empowering U.S. Hispanics.”

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