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Telemundo Arizona Adds Weekend Newscast

Telemundo_ArizonaKTAZ, the Telemundo owned station for Phoenix and Tucson, AZ, has added two hours of local weekend news to its lineup.

Starting Saturday, the station will air a live half hour of news at 4:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The shows will be anchored by Daniel Aguirre with Ivan Valenzuela anchoring sports.

“The investment in local news, resources, personnel and cutting-edge technology demonstrates our commitment to inform and serve the local Spanish-speaking community, which has been traditionally underserved with local news,” Araceli De León, president and regional general manager, Telemundo Southwest said in a statement.

Telemundo also said the station is building a new set and hiring “a dozen additional staff members to deliver local team coverage from breaking news events and live reports from multiple locations.”

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Guillermo Martínez Villarreal Joins Telemundo Denver

telemundo denver_304x200Guillermo Martínez Villarreal is joining KDEN, the Telemundo station in Denver, as the anchor of the 5:30 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

Martínez Villarreal most recently worked at the Telemundo affiliate in San Diego-Tijuana, where he was a producer and news coordinator. He was the first producer and anchor for the station’s 11 p.m. newscast.

“Guillermo is a seasoned journalist who has a gift for storytelling and experience in many newsrooms. We are glad to have him on the team,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement.

Telemundo Las Vegas to Expand Newscasts

telemundo las vegasKBLR, the Telemundo station in Las Vegas, has announced a new investment in its local newscasts: the station will hire new people and bring production of the 6 and 11 p.m. broadcasts back in-house.

The two newscasts were previously produced in Phoenix, with the 6 p.m. newscast broadcast live and the 11 p.m. newscast pre-taped. Beginning this week, as production shifts back to Las Vegas, both newscasts will be live.

The station will also hire more than a dozen new people, including anchor Beatriz Moncayo and weathercaster Leticia Castro.

“By investing in live local news, we know we will do an even better job serving our viewers,” Telemundo Las Vegas station manager Ramiro Lopez said in a statement. “We are excited to introduce our new team to the Spanish-speaking community in Las Vegas and know they will continue to connect and inform our viewers with the most relevant local news, information and weather.”

Karen Mendez Named VP of Content at KXTX

kxtx logoKaren Mendez is joining KXTX, the Telemundo station in Dallas, as the vice president of content. In her new role, Mendez will oversee the local news operation and report to John Trevino, the president and general manager of the station.

“Karen is an experienced leader with a track record of improving local news and a strong commitment to the Hispanic community,” Trevino said in a statement. “She is the right person to lead our Emmy award winning team.”

Mendez moves to Dallas from Washington, D.C., where she was the news director for Unvision’s WFDC. She will officially join KXTX on June 16.

Paola Varela Rossi Joins Telemundo Denver

paola varela rossiPaola Varela Rossi is joining Telemundo Denver as a sports anchor-reporter. Beginning March 31, she will anchor the sports segment for both of the station’s daily newscasts.

It is a return to Telemundo for Varela Rossi, who previously worked at Telemundo Network in Miami. Most recently, she was an anchor and reporter at Caracol TV network in Colombia.

“Paola is a team player and will be a great asset to our station in Denver,” Telemundo Denver news director Pedro Calderón Michel said in a statement. “We are glad to welcome her back to the Telemundo family.”

Javier Ortiz Joins Telemundo Station Group as VP of Human Resources

telemundo logoJavier I. Ortiz has been named vice president of human resources at Telemundo Station Group, overseeing all HR functions for the 17 Telemundo-owned stations in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.

“Javier’s experience in Spanish-language television and his first-hand knowledge of our stations make him the right person to lead our human resources team,” Telemundo Station Group president Manuel Martinez said in a statement. “Under his leadership, I know we will recruit the best talent to our stations as we grow and expand, and maintain and motivate our already strong workforce.”

Ortiz has worked at Telemundo since 2007. Most recently, he was the director of human resources for Telemundo Networks, where he worked with the news, alternative programming, sports and programming groups. Before that, he was the director of human resources for organization and staffing.

Luis Treto Joins KVEA in Los Angeles

luis tretoLuis Treto is joining KVEA, the Telemundo station in Los Angeles, MediaMoves reports. He joins KVEA after a year at CNN Latino, which was recently closed.

“My new gig comes one week after CNN Latino laid me off during the closure of the network,” Treto told MediaMoves. “Joining Telemundo will bring more growth opportunities as a news reporter. I’m very happy to be part of the team and I’ve been welcomed with so much warmth by them that I feel already at home.”

Treto will be a general assignment reporter at KVEA. He started this week.

Daisy Ballmajó Named Telemundo Miami Evening Anchor

ballmajo_wscvDaisy Ballmajó has been named co-anchor of the WSCV Telemundo Miami evening newscasts.

According to Media Moves, Ballmajó has been filling in as the weeknight anchor since Maria Montoya left the station in October.

Ballmajó started at WSCV in October 2010 as host of the station’s morning show “Buenos Dias Miami.”

Cristina Schwarz Named President, GM of Telemundo’s WNJU

wnju logoCristina Schwarz has been named president and general manager of WNJU, Telemundo’s station in Fort Lee, N.J. that serves the New York tri-state area. The station has also named Liliana Aristizabal vice president of sales.

“Cristina and Liliana are both experienced leaders and top-notch executives, who will help launch Telemundo 47 to the next level,” Telemundo station group president Manuel Martinez said in a statement. “With our full management team now in place, I am confident the station will do an even better job of delivering Tri-State viewers with the most relevant local news and information.”

Schwarz was previously the vice president of Univision Cable Networks, where she oversaw several networks including Película, De Película Clásico and Telehit. Aristizabal comes from Miami, where she has been local sales manager at Telemundo’s WSCV for six years.

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WCAU, WWSI Will Relocate to New Comcast Skyscraper in Philly

comcast tower phillyComcast Corp. has announced the construction of a new skyscraper in Philadelphia that will be home to up to 4,000 employees, including the newsrooms and studios of NBC’s WCAU and Telemundo’s WWSI.

The 59-story Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be located at 1800 Arch St. Construction is set to begin this summer and to be completed by the end of 2017.

WCAU’s relocation to the new building will be its first move in 62 years. WWSI, the Telemundo station recently acquired by NBC Universal, will also move into the building. Both stations are currently located on City Line Avenue in Bala Cynwyd.

“There won’t be any other television station like it in the country,” Comcast executive vice president David Cohen said in a statement.

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