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Posts Tagged ‘Eva Longoria’

The News About the New News Network

Here’s how several ABC programs reported Monday’s news of the new ABC News/Univision network:

  • :23 minutes into Monday’s “The View,” Barbara Walters: “My other home. ABC News. I want to congratulate them and the ABC News president Ben Sherwood on today’s announcement that they are joining forces with Univision.”
  • :12 minutes into “World News,” Diane Sawyer: “ABC News is joining forces with Univision (says Sawyer with Spanish inflection) … launching the first cable channel of its kind: a 24/7 news and lifestyle network, broadcasting in English, covering issues of particular interest to Hispanics in America.”
  • :24 minutes into “Nightline,” Terry Moran: “All of us at Nightline would like to welcome a new member to our broadcast family … We look forward to working with our colleagues there… very excited about it.”
  • 8:26am on “GMA,” Eva Longoria with Robin Roberts: “I think it’s important. I think it’s great that ABC is paying attention to the largest emerging market.” Roberts: “We got it goin’ on!”
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Rick Sanchez on Cable News: ‘It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business’

CNN exile Rick Sanchez is not a big fan of cable news.

“It’s an ugly, nasty, vitriolic business,” Sanchez, 53, says from his home in Atlanta. “Every day, it’s a knife fight in an alley, and you don’t walk away from a knife fight without a lot of blood on you.”

That’s why Sanchez, dropped by CNN last October, is about to dive into the less bloody (he hopes) talk-show game.

The Cuban-born newsman is in talks to host a syndicated show out of South Florida, to be shot in both English and Spanish, he confirms. Sanchez would have equity in the program, which will be taped with a studio audience at the Cardozo Hotel in South Beach. Target launch date: fall 2012.

Sanchez’ long-time friend from Miami, Emilio Estefan, husband and producer of singer Gloria Estefan, will also be involved in the project. Not surprisingly, it will feature live music. The couple owns the Cardozo, among several other properties.

As co-host, Sanchez wants “a Hispanic-American female with national name recognition, possibly an actress,” he says. “A Latina Kelly Ripa.” ‘Desperate Housewives’’ Eva Longoria, perhaps? ‘Modern Family’s’ Sofia Vergara? No comment, he says.

Sanchez has other irons in the fire. He’s also talking to Spanish-language MegaTV, based in Miami, about creating programming. He met with the board three weeks ago. “They’ve got some pretty ambitious plans, and I’d love to be part of those plans,” he says.

Beginning in the fall, Sanchez will do radio football commentary for Miami’s Florida International

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