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José Díaz-Balart: ‘Embarrassing’ That There Aren’t More Latino Voices on Cable News

Jose Diaz-BalartWe all know working in TV news can mean very long days.

Jose Díaz-Balart puts in about a 15-hour day, give or take, across two networks. For Telemundo, he’s the main anchor of the evening newscast. For sister network MSNBC, he hosts the 10amET hour. Díaz-Balart, the son of Cuban immigrants, and brother of Rep. Mario Díaz-Balart (R-FL), anchors both shows from Miami.

“Every second that I have the opportunity to work in this calling is a privilege; there’s no sacrifice there,” Díaz-Balart told us during a lunch at Rock Center Cafe.

Since his debut on MSNBC in June, Díaz-Balart has had a mission to use fewer pundits and analysts and put more real voices on the air. In his inaugural hour, during the height of the illegal immigration crisis at the Texas border, he interviewed an undocumented teenager named Maria who’d entered the U.S. illegally after her brother was murdered in Honduras.

“It’s embarrassing that there aren’t more voices [like Maria's] on the air,” he says. But because all cable news roads lead back to politics, Díaz-Balart says real stories from people like Maria, play right into MSNBC’s wheelhouse. Read more

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The Sunday Ticker: Al, Jose, Maria Elena

  • The Weather Channel’s “Wake up with Al” celebrates its 5th birthday today. Last week, hosts Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams took a look back at the biggest storms, biggest guests and best remotes since the show launched July 20, 2009.

  • MSNBC and Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart will receive the Rubén Salazar Award for Communications at the NCLR annual convention in Los Angeles Tuesday. The organization presents the award to a professional dedicated to portraying news relevant to US Hispanics.

  • Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas travels to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, to get to the root of the current crisis at the U.S. border where more than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been detained. Her special report will air on Univision tonight at 7 pm ET/PT.

The Ticker: Crime Pays, Abramson Speaks, DC Unaware

  • TV reporter Justin Gray was stopped at the Orlando airport because a TSA agent didn’t accept his ID: a driver license from the District of Columbia. “He demanded a passport,” Gray reports on WFTV, “Because he didn’t recognize my ID.”

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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‘José Díaz-Balart’ Debuts Monday on MSNBC

Jose Diaz-BalartJosé Díaz-Balart will debut Monday in the 10 a.m. timeslot on MSNBC, the network announced today. Díaz-Balart, who was announced as the 10 a.m. host in May, replaces Chris Jansing, who was recently named NBC senior White House correspondent.

The show, “José Díaz-Balart,” will be anchored from Miami and will “feature in-depth interviews with world newsmakers, political commentators and daily coverage on an array of U.S. and international news,” according to MSNBC. Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” and host “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.”

José Díaz-Balart Named MSNBC’s 10am Host

Jose Diaz-BalartTelemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart has been named MSNBC’s 10am anchor, replacing Chris Jansing, who is leaving MSNBC to become NBC’s Senior White House Correspondent.

Diaz-Balart will anchor the show out of Miami, in mid-June, while continuing to co-anchor Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” and the Sunday show “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart.” NBC owns both MSNBC and Telemundo.

“MSNBC is committed to engaging new audiences and communities. To that end, I’ve been talking with José for several months about bringing his voice to MSNBC,” said network President Phil Griffin. “He has a keen understanding of the political landscape and three decades of experience in both broadcast and cable news.” Diaz-Balart’s brother, Mario Diaz-Balart, is a U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 25th district.

Jansing’s final day hosting “Jansing & Co.” is June 13. She starts at the White House for NBC on June 23.

MSNBC’s full press release after the jump.

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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.

María Celeste Arrarás Named Co-Anchor Of ‘Noticiero Telemundo’

Telemundo has named María Celeste Arrarás as the co-anchor of evening newscast “Noticiero Telemundo.” Arrarás, known as “María Celeste” on her Telemundo newsmagazine “Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste,” will appear alongside current anchor José Díaz-Balart. She will continue to host “Al Rojo Vivo.”

The addition of María Celeste is meant to help bolster Telemundo’s evening newscast, which–while growing–is still a distant second among Spanish-language viewers behind Univision’s “Noticiero Univision.”

Univision’s newscast also has a two-person anchor team, led by Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas. Until the addition of María Celeste, Diaz-Balart was flying solo on Telemundo’s evening newscast.

María Celeste has also appeared on NBC News programming, including “NBC Night;y News,” “Today” and “Dateline.” NBC is the parent company of Telemundo.
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Telemundo Scores Interview With President Obama

NBC’s Spanish-language network Telemundo has scored an exclusive interview with President Obama focusing on immigration reform.

Telemundo’s chief Washington correspondent Lori Montenegro will interview the President at the White House today. It will air on “Noticiero Telemundo” at 6:30 PM. The President last spoke to Telemundo in February, when he spoke to Jose Diaz-Balart, also about immigration reform.

As with the last interview, look for excerpts to appear on MSNBC and NBC News, in addition to Telemundo.

Important update: Univision has announced that President Obama will also be speaking with them, and the interview will air at 6:30 as well.

The Weekend Ticker: Obama & Telemundo, Clinton & PBS, Faulkner

  • Following his Las Vegas speech about immigration reform Tuesday, President Obama granted Telemundo’s José Díaz-Balart an interview. It will air on “Enfoque” tomorrow at 11:55amET.

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