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Sergio Urquidi Joins Univision Arizona

Sergio Urquidi is joining Univision Arizona as lead anchor for the evening and late-night newscasts in Phoenix and Tucson.

Urquidi will be based in Phoenix. He joins Mary Rabago and Felipe Corral at the KTVW anchor desk.

“We are pleased to welcome Sergio Urquidi to one of the best news teams in the country,” Univision Arizona VP-GM Roberto Yañez said in a statement. “Urquidi’s experience will be a wonderful addition to this team, which has shown their commitment to the community day after day by reporting on the issues that affect our state.”

Urquidi was most recently the lead anchor for “El Opiniario,” a news, features and onion show that airs on SOI TV. He worked at Univision from 1997-2009 as a weekend anchor for the national newscast, “Noticiero Univision,” as well as senior correspondent and substitute anchor for the late-night newscast, “Última Hora.”

News Director Forrest Carr Out at KGUN

FTVLive is reporting Forrest Carr is leaving the Tucson ABC affiliate KGUN.

Carr had been re-hired as news director in 2009. He served as news director at KGUN from 1997 until 2001.

In December, the station hired Jim Arnold to replace former general manager Julie Brink who was let go in November.

Carr has also worked as news director at WFLA in Tampa, FL, WFTX in Ft. Myers, FL, and KRQE in Albuquerque, NM.

Jim Arnold Named VP-GM at Tucson’s KGUN-KWBA

Jim Arnold has been named vice president and general manager of Journal Broadcast Group’s Tucson operations, which include KGUN, KWBA and four radio stations.

From 2000 to 2010, Arnold was the general manager at KGUN’s crosstown rival, CBS affiliate KOLD. He has also worked as VP-GM of WQRF in Rockford, Ill. and KMAR-KCIT in Amarillo, Texas.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to join the Tucson stations of the Journal Broadcast Group,” Arnold said in a statement. “Many of the talented people here have been peers and friends for many years and I look forward to working with them and the entire team in serving our audiences and advertisers.”

Arnold replaces Julie Brink, who left KGUN-KWBA last month.

KOLD’s Mindy Blake Trading TV News for Education

Mindy Blake, anchor reporter for KOLD, the CBS affiliate in Tucson, AZ, has announced she’s getting out of the news the business.

Blake posted a goodbye on her facebook page saying, “Hello Friends- After nearly 25 years at KOLD, I have decided to change hats. I have accepted a job at Amphitheater School District as the Director of Community Relations.”  Blake goes on to say, “As you might know, education is a passion for me. I want to be part of helping all children reach their potential, and support the teachers and staff who make that possible.”

Blake, who started at KOLD in 1988, is also an adjunct professor in the Journalism Department at the University of Arizona.  On her bio page on KOLD’s website, she is quoted as saying, “I enjoy teaching the next generation of journalists how to tell a story.” Read more

Greg Gurulé Named Morning Anchor at KGUN

Greg Gurulé made his debut Monday as the new morning anchor at KGUN, the ABC affiliate in Tucson.

Gurulé was Northern Bureau Chief at Albuquerque ABC affiliate KOAT before he left the station to become a public relations and political consultant. The move reunites Gurulé with his former boss, KGUN news director Forrest Carr, who worked with him at KRQE in Albuquerque four years ago.

“Greg is an experienced journalist. He’s done just about every job a newsroom has to offer,” Carr said in a statement. “He is a solid a reporter and anchor. I’m thrilled he has joined our team.”

Gurulé anchors alongside Corinne Hautala. He replaces Steve Nuñez, who left KGUN in October.

GM Julie Brinks Out at KGUN

Inside Tucson Business is reporting Julie Brinks is out at KGUN as vice president and general manager.

Brinks, who had been general manager at the Tucson ABC affiliate for 5 years, had been the longest tenured general manager at a Tucson commercial station.

Jim Prather, executive vice-president of television and radio operations for Journal Broadcast Group will take over at KGUN as well as KWBA 58/cable 8 and the four Tucson radio stations under Journal’s banner until a permanent replacement can be found.

We’ve reached out to Journal Broadcast for confirmation but have not heard back.

>UPDATE: Journal Broadcast Group has confirmed with TVSpy that Julie Brinks is no longer with the company and that Jim Prather is now acting general manager.

Paige Hansen Promoted to Weekend Anchor at KOLD-KMSB

Paige Hansen has been promoted to weekend evening co-anchor at KOLD-KMSB, the CBS and Fox affiliates in Tucson.

“I’m looking forward to taking on a greater leadership role at the station, and getting to know our Southern Arizona viewers a bit better in this new role,” she told TVSpy via email.

Hansen joined the stations in October 2011 as a multimedia journalist. Her first night at the anchor desk alongside Chris Holmstrom was October 27.

Concetta Callahan to Join KMSB-KOLD in Tucson

Concetta Callahan is joining the morning newscast at Tucson’s KMSB-KOLD, Inside Tucson Business reports.

Callahan comes from WHBF in the Quad Cities region of Iowa and Illinois, where she was the weekend evening anchor. In Tucson, she will co-anchor from 7 to 9 a.m. on Fox affiliate KMSB and report from 4:30 to 7 a.m. on CBS affiliate KOLD.

She replaces Gina Trunzo, who left the station earlier this year for medical reasons. She will co-anchor alongside Mark Stine.

Steve Nunez Out at Tucson’s KGUN

Steve Nunez, morning anchor for KGUN in Tucson AZ, has left the station.

Forrest Carr, news director for the ABC affiliate, told TVSpy, “We wish him the very best of luck.”

Last year Nunez was promoted to morning anchor.  He started at the station in 1993 as an intern.

TVSpy has reached out to Nunez for comment but has not heard back.  We will update when we do.

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.

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