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Yulieth Botello Promoted to Video Journalist at KTLM

telemundo1Telemundo’s KTLM has promoted Yulieth Botello to video journalist for “Noticias Telemundo 40” airing weekdays at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. She’ll join co-anchors Hugo Magallan and Dalila Garza, weather anchor Elizabeth Robaina, sports anchor Hector Zapata and entertainment reporter Mayra Galva on the show.

Botello had been a production assistant and assistant assignment desk editor at the Rio Grande Valley station since May 2014.

“We are very excited to welcome Yulieth as our new video journalist for Noticias Telemundo 40,” Jose Flores, president and general manager of KTLM, said in a statement. “I am certain that she will help our news team deliver the news and information that our viewers want and deserve.”

Her first day on-air was this past Tuesday.

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Texas Reporter Arrested on Drug Charges

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A reporter for Brownsville ABC affiliate KRGV has been arrested on drug charges, according to a story posted on the website of competing CBS affiliate KGBT:

McAllen police arrested KRGV-TV reporter Kirk Chaisson after he was allegedly caught with marijuana and drug paraphernalia Sunday morning.

Chaisson was booked into the Hidalgo County Jail after the arrest.

Details on how much marijuana Chaisson was in possession of were not immediately available.

The 54-year-old was given a $2,000 PR bond.

Calls were made to KRGV where station manager John Kittleman issued a statement saying it was an internal personnel matter.

According to a KRGV bio, Chaisson is an award-winning investigative reporter who has worked at stations in Laredo and Corpus Christi, and served as an anchor and news director at stations in Guam, Greenville, Huntsville and Las Vegas.

Polo Sandoval Joins CNN From KRGV

polo sandovalPolo Sandoval is joining CNN Newsource as a national correspondent based in Washington, D.C. Sandoval comes from KRGV, the ABC affiliate in Welasco, Texas.

“Polo is a versatile and talented journalist, who gets to the crux of a story,” Paul Crum, the vice president of news operations, administration and affiliate services for CNN/U.S., said in a statement. “His range of enterprise reporting from the field will further enhance CNN Newsource.”

Since 2007, Sandoval has been the Hidalgo County Border bureau chief at KRGV. Before that, he worked as an intern at KTBC, the Fox owned station in Austin. More from CNN after the jump.  Read more

Jose Flores Named General Manager of KTLM

telemundo logoTelemundo has made two key leadership appointments at the newly-acquired KTLM in Rio Grande Valley: Jose Flores has been named general manager and Willie Rosales has been named vice president of sales.

“Jose and Willie are extremely important additions to Telemundo 40,” Telemundo Stations president Manny Martinez said in a statement. “With Jose’s experience, dedication and leadership and Willie’s in-depth knowledge of local media, KTLM will be well-positioned for success. I know they are both excited to start serving the Rio Grande Valley community.”

Flores has been the vice president of content and news for the Telemundo Production Center and KXTX, the Telemundo station in Dallas, since 2007. Prior to that, he was the assistant news director at KWHY in Los Angeles.

Rosales previously worked at Televisa Properties in Rio Grande Valley. More from Telemundo after the jump. Read more

NBC Universal Acquires Telemundo Station in Rio Grande City

nbc owned stations logoThe NBC Owned Television Stations has acquired KTLM, the Telemundo affiliate in Rio Grande City, Texas, from Sunbelt Multimedia Company for $8.5 million. The station becomes the 17th Spanish-language station in the Telemundo Station Group, effective today.

“Telemundo 40 is a great station in the 10th largest Spanish-speaking television market in the country,” Valari Staab, president of the NBCUniversal Owned Stations, said in a statement. “There’s a solid foundation for us to build on, and it’s an important addition to our division as we continue our efforts to deliver the best news and information to our Hispanic communities, businesses and audiences.”

The station, which serves the Harlingen-Welasco-Brownsville market, currently produces early and late local newscasts seven days a week. Read the release from NBC after the jump. Read more

Texas Reporter Acted as Press Agent for Event He Also Covered


Brett Crandall, a reporter and weathercaster for KGBT in Harlingen, TX, has a side job as the public affairs director for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

Jim Romenesko reported Crandall sent out a press release as the LDS public affairs director about a church sponsored cleanup and home repair in the La Joya, Texas area. He then did a story about it for the CBS affiliate and posted the story on the station’s facebook page.

Romenesko sent the press release to Kimberly Wyatt, news director for KGBT. “I am unaware of much of the information listed below,” said Wyatt. “I will be looking into it.”

TVSpy has contacted Wyatt for further comment. We will update when we hear back.

KRGV and KWTV-KOTV Win NABEF Service Awards

KRGV in Welasco, TX and KWTV-KOTV in Oklahoma City are winners of the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation’s 2012 National Service Awards.

KRGV will be awarded the Service to America Television Award for efforts to “encourage education and positive change through dedicated air-time, shows and PSAs,” according to the NABEF release. Among other things, the station hosted a canned goods drive that assembled 3,000 baskets of food for families.

KWTV-KOTV will be presented the Service to Children Award for focusing on child hunger. The station aired PSAs and a minimum of two stories per month on the issue, as well as posting on social media and hosting promotional events. Read more

Veteran Reporter Manny De la Rosa Returns to KRGV

Reporter Manny De la Rosa, who was let go in September by Corpus Christi’s KIII, has joined KRGV in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.

De la Rosa worked at the ABC-affiliate for four years before joining KIII.  Media Moves, a blog covering Latinos in media, is reporting that De la Rosa signed a 3-year contract.

“I am happy to return home to KRGV and work with my old friends and can’t wait to get to the office to get to work,” De la Rosa told TVSpy today.

De La Rosa, a graduate of USC, has nearly 20 years of reporting experience.  He says that he hopes to do more in-depth reporting during his second tenure with KRGV.

“I hope we can dig more this second time around and conduct more investigative stories,” he said via email. “Also hope we can really show what’s happening on the border so people can understand the war residents and authorities are facing.”