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Ramon Escobar Joins CNN as VP of Talent Development

Ramon Escobar, the former VP of live news programming at MSNBC and later EVP of Network News at Telemundo, has been named VP of talent recruitment and development at CNN. Escobar, who will be based in New York, will report to Amy Entelis, who joined CNN in January after running talent development at ABC News.

The newly-created Talent and Development department is overseen by CNN EVP Mark Whitaker. Entelis is the executive in charge of recruiting and developing talent, developing new programming and overseeing acquisitions strategy for CNN, HLN and other CNN platforms. Vinnie Malhotra, formerly of ABC, oversees program acquisitions and development for CNN and HLN out of Los Angeles.

The department is also bringing on Lizzie Kerner as director of development. Kerner, a Sundance Channel alum, will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Malhotra.

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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.

NBC News Prepping Cross-Network Immigration Series

BrianWilliams.jpg Following the passage of a controversial immigration law in Arizona, NBC News is preparing a cross-network examination at the state of immigration in America for May 26. The series will be spread across NBC, MSNBC, Telemundo and CNBC, and will be called by the (sadly cliche) title “A Nation Divided.”

NBC’s “Today” will examine how immigration affects families, while “NBC Nightly News” will focus on the Arizona law and similar laws being considered in other states. Newsmagazine “Dateline” will preview a special episode on migrant children in the U.S.

Spanish language network Telemundo will focus on immigration in every national and local newscast it produces, and will broadcast reports from Phoenix.

MSNBC will talk about immigration each hour, from “Morning Joe” through the network’s primetime lineup, while CNBC will look at the economics of immigration reform

“With the volume of news and headlines about immigration coming out of Arizona and from all over the nation, it’s the perfect time for us to spend a day examining these issues and their affect on this country,” said Alex Wallace, Senior Vice President of NBC News in a statement. “We are committed to exploring the immigration issues in our nation further, and delivering our viewers informed discussion and insightful investigation. These are all subjects NBC News has and will continue to cover extensively.”

The press release is after the jump.

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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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