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Alina Falcon To Lead Telemundo’s News Division

Former Univision News president Alina Falcon (pictured right) will be taking over as the chief news executive at NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language network Telemundo, TVNewser has learned. Falcon will become senior executive VP of news and alternative programming at the network in early December, reporting to Telemundo president Emilio Romano.

In her new role Falcon will oversee all news programming for Telemundo, as well as all alternative and reality programming.

Falcon stepped down from her position as  Univision’s chief news and sports executive last December, transitioning to a consulting role with the company. She had been at Univision for 26 years.

Telemundo has been without a news chief since September, when Ramon Escobar stepped down following the departure of network president Don Browne.

The move is significant, as Falcon (once again) becomes the only woman to lead a major U.S. TV news operation. As Romano notes in the official announcement,  Falcon has a proven track record in news, which Telemundo needs if it wants to compete with Univision in that arena.

Update: It’s official. Release after the jump.

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Emilio Romano Named Telemundo President, News Chief Ramon Escobar Steps Down

Emilio Romano

NBCUniversal’s Spanish-language channel Telemundo has named Emilio Romano president. Romano replaces Don Browne, who retired from the NBCU earlier this year. In his new role Romano will over see the broadcast network and its 14 O&Os, as well as the company’s news and sports division and entertainment studio.

Separately, B&C’s Michael Malone reports that Telemundo’s top news executive, Ramon Escobar, is stepping down from his role. Browne had been a mentor to Escobar, who joined Telemundo in  2010. Escobar is a former VP of news programming at MSNBC.

Don Browne Retiring From NBCUniversal

Telemundo president and former NBC News executive Don Browne is retiring from NBCUniversal in June.

Browne has been president of NBCU’s Spanish-language network for six years, and before that served as its COO.

He has been with NBCU for more than 30 years, first joining the company as NBC News’ Miami bureau chief in 1979 after more than a decade at CBS News.

In 1989 he was named executive news director, where he was the executive in charge of “Today,” and in 1991 became executive VP of NBC News. While at NBC News he also oversaw the creation of the primetime newsmagazine “Dateline.”

He would go on to become president and GM of NBC’s Miami station, WTVJ, before joining Telemundo.

NBCU says a successor will be named in the coming months.

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Why Was MSNBC President Phil Griffin Not Included in the Comcast/NBCU Executive Memo?

After Comcast announced its new senior executive structure for NBC Universal, some inside NBC News and MSNBC have been asking why MSNBC president Phil Griffin wasn’t mentioned. Does Comcast plan to keep him on board once the deal is complete?

Of course, the company says. “Phil’s done a great job at MSNBC and he’ll continue to be President after the close,” a Comcast spokesperson tells TVNewser.

So what happened?

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Jose Diaz-Balart to Anchor New Sunday Show on Telemundo

Balart.jpgTelemundo has announced the debut of its new Sunday morning political affairs show.

Washington, D.C.-based Enfoque (“Focus”) will premiere Sunday at 11:30amET, featuring an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama conducted during her visit to Mexico.

The program will be hosted by Telemundo anchor Jose Diaz-Balart, whose work is often featured on sister networks NBC and MSNBC (Diaz-Balart is also a former CBS This Morning anchor).

Enfoque comes at a crucial time for the Hispanic community,” says Telemundo President Don Browne in a press release. “Critical issues of the day will be examined including the Census, the economy, healthcare, education and the pending immigration reform.”

Diaz-Balart will be on sister network NBC’s “Meet the Press” this Sunday as part of the roundtable.

Former MSNBC Exec Returns to Peacock as News Boss for Telemundo

Ramon Escobar, former Vice President of Live News Programming for MSNBC, is returning to the NBCU fold as Executive Vice President of Telemundo Network News.

Escobar, who most recently served as VP of consulting for Sucherman Consulting Group, was an instrumental part of the Telemundo transition team when NBC bought the network and station group in 2001. He went on to become Senior EVP of Entertainment for the Spanish-language network.

Escobar joined MSNBC in 2000 after working as VP of News at NBC O&O WTVJ.

In a press release, Telemundo President Don Browne says, “I’ve had the good fortune, over the past 16 years to work with Ramon and see first-hand his talent, passion, dedication to journalism and commitment to serving the US Hispanic community.”

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