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Azteca America

Manuel Abud Named President, CEO of Azteca America

Manuel AbudManuel Abud has been named president and CEO of Azteca America. In his new role, Abud will lead the Azteca America broadcast network in the U.S., managing its 25 stations.

Abud was previously the president of the Telemundo station group. He will join Azteca America’s new leadership team, which includes COO Martin Breidsprecher, EVP of network sales Court Stroud and EVP of station group Enrique Pérez.

“Manuel is the ideal executive to lead Azteca America,” Gustavo Guzmán, senior ranking member of the Executive Committee of TV Azteca, said in a statement. “I’m confident that the experience and track record of Manuel and his new team will be a determining factor for the expansion of our network going forward.”

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Khaled Abdelwahed Named VP-GM of KAZA

Khaled Abdelwahed has been promoted to vice president and general manager of KAZA, Azteca America’s flagship station in Los Angeles.

Abdelwahed has been general sales manager since 2008. Before that, he spent seven years at Univision as a local sales manager and general sales manager.

“Khaled has proven his leadership and performance abilities at Azteca 54 in his prior role as General Sales Manager and we are pleased to have his hardworking and results-driven character as General Manager of Azteca 54,” Azteca America CEO Martin Breidsprecher said in a statement.

KUDF Launching Tucson’s Only Local Spanish-Language Newscast

KUDF, the Azteca America affiliate in Tucson, is preparing to launch the market’s only locally-produced Spanish language newscast. Inside Tucson Business has details on the newscast, which comes on the heels of an ownership change at the station:

Viewers should expect to see frequent “Mexico regional programming, mostly from the north” with both hard news and useful information for travelers, said Roberto Lemen Meyer, 44, a Hermosillo businessman and principal of the new ownership group, LM Media Group.

The 30-minute local newscast is planned to air at 5:30 p.m. following Azteca America’s half-hour network newscast. As a precursor to the launch, KUDF is currently running five-minute, locally-produced “news capsules” at the end of the network newscast.

KUVE, the Univision affiliate in Tucson, broadcasts newscasts from the network’s Phoenix station, KTVW. Newscasts on KHRR, the Telemundo station, originate from Dallas.