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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

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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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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.

Univision President Cesar Conde Jumps to NBCUniversal

After four years as the President of Univision, Cesar Conde is jumping to NBCUniversal. Conde will join the company as executive vice president, reporting to CEO Steve Burke.

In his new role, Conde will oversee “business development, strategic priorities and special business projects” across the company, according to NBC’s official announcement. Before joining Univision, Conde was a White House fellow for former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

“Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” Burke said in a statement. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio.”

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Jorge Ramos: Why Wasn’t Univision Granted an Interview with President Obama?

President Obama makes his case for military intervention in Syria today with interviews on six networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to ask why his network wasn’t a part of the media blitz:

A Univision spokesperson told Politico’s Hadas Gold that the network “did everything possible” to get an interview with the President.

Fusion Opens Florida ‘Newsport’

Florida Governor Rick Scott was among the dignitaries at the opening yesterday of the newsroom and studio for Fusion, the ABC News-Univision channel launching in two months. The Newsport, as it’s called, took over a former office and warehouse in Doral, FL, just west of Miami. It will also be the new home for Univision Network News.

TVNewser took a tour of Newsport in May, as construction was in high gear. It includes five control rooms and five studios — including large side-by-side studios: one for Fusion, the other for Univision. Fifteen robotic cameras and 950 miles of cable will transmit multiple programs, on multiple channels, 24 hours a day, if need be. There is more than 1000 Terabytes of online storage — racks, and racks and racks of storage — equivalent to 1,450 years of play time. And, being in the hurricane zone, engineers have installed two 2.25 megawatt generators.

Fusion launches October 28. Unvision’s newscasts will originate from here even sooner. Fusion anchor Derrick Ashong gives a tour:

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