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KTLM Promotes EP to News Director

telemundo_304x200Miguelángel López has been promoted to news director of the Rio Grande Valley Telemundo station KTLM.

López was executive producer of Noticias Telemundo 40.

“We are excited for Miguelángel to take on this new role,” said KTLM president and GM Jose Flores. “Miguelángel’s vast broadcast and production experience, particularly in Spanish-language news, makes him a perfect fit to lead our local news team.”

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Bakersfield Anchor Punched in the Face Outside Studio

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Andres Herrera, anchor at Bakersfield NBC affiliate KGET, was assaulted on his way into the station Wednesday. KBAK reports Herrera was asked by the man if he worked for KGET, and when Herrera said that he did, the man punched the anchor in the face:

“… the man said something like, ‘You guys are all part of the conspiracy. You’ve got all those antennas, and dishes … ” (KGET news director Mike) Trihey wrote in an email.

Trihey said the man went on to threaten his anchors. “I’m going to kill you all,” the man reportedly told Herrera and Caceres, according to Trihey.

The man was later arrested. Herrera is recovering–with a very bright bruise on his face.

Lourdes Dávila Named VP of Sales at Telemundo Puerto Rico

Lourdes-Davila1WKAQ, the Telemundo station in Puerto Rico, has announced the promotion of Lourdes Dávila to vice president of sales.

“With nearly three decades of experience working in television advertising, I have no doubt in my mind that Lourdes will help our sales team maximize the variety of advertising opportunities that exist through Telemundo Puerto Rico and our digital platforms,” José Cancela, president and general manager, Telemundo Puerto Rico, said in a statement. “I look forward to seeing our station serve as a conduit for local advertisers and achieve new levels of success.”

She had been local sales manager at the station since 2008.

Telemundo Chicago Adds Rodrigo Arana as Sports Anchor

telemundo chicagoRodrigo Arana is joining Chicago Telemundo owned station WSNS as sports anchor for the 5:00 and 10:00 p.m. news.

Diana Maldonado, WSNS VP of News, said in a statement, “Rodrigo’s experience in covering major sporting events across the United States, Latin America and Mexico, will enhance our newscast and provide viewers with the best sports coverage possible.”

Arana worked at FOX Sports Latin America in Mexico City as a reporter, news editor and weekday sports anchor for seven years.

Chicago Anchor Sues Telemundo Over Firing

schmidt_telemundo1Edna Schmidt, a former news anchor at two Spanish-language stations in Chicago, is suing one of them, Telemundo-owned WSNS, for firing the anchor after she appeared to anchor a newscast while drunk. Robert Feder reports Schmidt’s lawyers filed a lawsuit in federal court last week, accusing the station and NBC Universal with violating the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide the anchor with “reasonable accommodation” for her alcoholism:

After two months on the air, Schmidt was suspended as co-anchor of “Noticiero Telemundo Chicago” when she showed up intoxicated on the 10 p.m. newscast September 30, 2013. Within weeks her suspension turned into termination from her $200,000-a-year job. Management at the time said only that Schmidt was no longer with the station, adding: “We wish her the best in her future endeavors.”

Seeking unspecified damages for wrongful termination, Schmidt’s lawsuit alleges that her bosses made no attempt to get her treatment.

Chris McDonnell, president and general manager of Telemundo Chicago, declined to comment on the lawsuit Monday.

Telemundo’s KVDA Adds 4:30 PM Newscast

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KVDA, the Telemundo station in San Antonio, has added a 4:30 p.m. newscast to its current 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. lineup.

According to MySanAntonio.comAlex Hernandez will anchor “Noticias 60 Telemundo,” along with meteorologist Lilian Perez and sports anchor Jonathan Solarte. The half-hour show will focus on issues affecting the Spanish-speaking community in the Alamo City.

“Spanish language viewers want and need more news, weather and live local programming,” Manuel Martinez, president of Telemundo Station Group, said in a statement. “We have a responsibility to provide them with the information they need to help them lead better lives.”

“Noticias 60 Telemundo” debuted on Monday.

Telemundo Adds Early Evening Newscasts At 14 Owned Stations

Telemundo-304Because of an investment from parent company NBCUniversal, 14 Telemundo owned stations are adding a half-hour early evening newscast starting today.

According to the press release, “The new local half-hour news programs will launch in 14 markets at 5:30 PM EST / PST and 4:30 PM CST / MST.”

“We want to be at the forefront of delivering Hispanic-Americans all across the United States the local news, weather and information they want,” Valari Staab, president of NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations said in a statement. “The strategic investment made at our local Telemundo stations have helped them achieve new levels of success as they provide the high-quality local news and information that Spanish-language viewers have been asking for and deserve.”

Carlos Rausseo Promoted to Sports Anchor at KDEN

TelemundoKDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, has announced the promotion of Carlos Rausseo from multimedia journalist and back-up anchor to sports anchor.

Rausseo will join news anchor Guillermo Martínez and weather anchor Javier Castro for “Noticiero Telemundo Denver” at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“We are thrilled that Carlos will officially join our anchor team to help Telemundo Denver deliver the latest sports news and information to our Spanish-language viewers,” KDEN news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “His journalistic experience, which has earned him an Emmy award, will strengthen our local news operation and the commitment we have to better serve our Hispanic community here in Denver and throughout Colorado.”

Rausseo’s first day on-air is Monday, November 3.

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.

Viewers Not Happy With What They See After Yuma Stations Put Under One Roof

npg_304The plan to put all the Yuma, Ariz. market stations owned or operated by News-Press & Gazette under one roof has not gone as smoothly as planned.

According to the Yuma Sun, viewers started noticing signal problems after NBC affiliate KYMA, CBS affiliate KSWT, FOX, ABC, CW and Telemundo affiliate KECY were consolidated as part of a shared services agreement between Blackhawk Broadcasting and NP&G in July.

About six weeks ago, and “without any warning whatsoever, stations 11 and 13… started pixelating, started cutting programs and commercials in the middle of the program, having un-synchronous video and audio, and literally having frozen video with audio underneath,” Frederic B. Brown told the Yuma Sun recently.

George Lopez, chief engineer for the stations said it’s complicated.

“One of the things that made it a little more difficult is NBC requires us to have their own satellite equipment. CBS also was a little challenging, because KSWT was operated remotely from a place in Texas. So all the receiving equipment for the network was in Texas at the time. We took some of the equipment and shipped it cross country, but in the meantime, we had to operate on a semi-temporary basis. We just now are getting over that hump – getting the equipment from CBS, and putting it up.”

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