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Univision’s WXTV Adds Jorge Viera, Shuffles Evening Anchors

Univision News correspondent Jorge Viera is joining WXTV, Univision’s flagship station serving New York City, as a reporter and anchor of the 11 p.m. newscast.

Beginning in September, Viera will co-anchor the late evening newscast alongside Adriana Vargas. Rafael Pineda, who has worked as WXTV’s primary anchor since 1972, will continue to co-anchor the 6 p.m. newscast with Vargas.

“We are thrilled to have Jorge join our team.  He has been part of the Univision Family for many years so he brings with him an outstanding record of news reporting for our audience,” news director Norma Morato said in a statement. “His vast experience in journalism will contribute to our commitment to continue to deliver an informative high quality newscast for our viewers in the New York area.”

News of Viera’s hire was first reported by Media Moves and confirmed by WXTV in a press release issued today. Read it after the jump. Read more

Leonardo Ruíz Named Station Manager of Univision Bakersfield

Univision Communications has named Leonardo Ruíz vice president and station manager for Univision Bakersfield.

In his new role, he will be based out of Bakersfield and report to Alberto Mier y Terán, the senior vice president and general manager of Univision Los Angeles.

“Leo has been one of the most enthusiastic and team-oriented individuals I have worked with,” Mier y Terán said in a statement. “He will be a driving force in continuing to deliver on our commitment of informing, entertaining and empowering our community in Bakersfield.”

Ruíz comes from KMEX, Univision’s flagship station in Los Angeles, where he was the national account manager. More in Univision’s official announcement after the jump. Read more

Karla Mariscal Leaving El Paso Univision Affiliate KINT

Karla Mariscal has announced she is leaving the Entravision owned El Paso Univison affiliate KINT.

“After 13 years of being part of the Noticias 26 Univisión team, I’m announcing to all of you that June 15 will be my last day on television,” Mariscal said. “Serving my community has been a great privilege.”

Mariscal has worked at KINT since March 2000. Mariscal told TVSpy she plans “to take a break from my career and dedicate more time to my family.”

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Entravision Names News Director for Univision and FOX Stations in Laredo

Diana Castillo has been named news director for Entravision owned Univision affiliate KLDO and FOX affiliate KXOF in Laredo, TX.

Castillo is also the anchor for the KXOF 9:00 p.m. news.

Before working for KXOF, Castillo worked for Entravision’s Univision affiliate KORO in Corpus Christi, TX.

Image: KXOF [Media Moves]

KINT Adds Uriel Posada as News Director

El Paso’s Entravision owned Univision affiliate KINT has named Uriel Posada as news director.

“It is a pleasure to come back to the Entravision family,” Posada told TVSpy. “KINT has a great group of professionals, and I am excited to work along side them.”

Posada comes to KINT from the cross town rival Telemundo affiliate KTDO where he helped launch station’s newscast. He replaces Zoltán Csanyi-Salcedo who left for ESPN.

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KMEX to Host Los Angeles Mayoral Debate

KMEX, the Univision station in Los Angeles, will host a Spanish-language mayoral debate between Democratic candidates Eric Garcetti and Wendy Greuel next week.

KMEX is partnering with Mi Familia Vota Education Fund to host the debate. León Krauze and Gabriela Teissier will moderate the hourlong debate, which will air April 19 at 6pmPT.

“This mayoral debate is part of Univision’s on-going commitment to the Los Angeles Hispanic community in providing the most comprehensive coverage surrounding the topics of most relevance to them,” KMEX general manager Alberto Mier y Terán said in a statement. “We hope this debate will motivate our community to exercise their right to vote on May 21.”

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.”

Weather Anchor Ericka Pino Joins WGBO

Ericka Pino has been named chief weather anchor at WGBO, the Univision station in Chicago, according to Media Moves.

Pino was formerly a freelance weather anchor at KMEX, the Univision station in Los Angeles. She has also worked at KVEA in Los Angeles, WNJU in New York and WXTV in New York.

Univision Launches Internal Advertising and Media Unit

Univision Communications has announced the creation of the “Univision Agency,” a new internal advertising and media unit that will centralize Univision’s look and feel across all of its properties.

“We have created a first-of-its kind Agency to instill one voice and one vision for Univision, UniMás, Galavisión, and all of our media properties – something no other media company has done,” said Univision president and chief executive officer Randy Falco. “Forming the Univision Agency is a strategic step towards developing a promotional and creative vision that will set the standard in our industry.”

The “Univision Agency” is headed by newly appointed senior vice president Joni Fernandez.  She will report to Jessica Rodriguez, who is credited with spearheading the effort. Read more

Cat Walks Through Univision Miami Weather Forecast

Eduardo Rodriguez, weathercaster for Miami Univision station WLTV, had a furry visitor during his 11 p.m. weather forecast on Friday.

According to Univision’s youtube page, the station’s parking lot is home to several cats and this one just happened to wander onto the set mid-forecast for what looked like a swim through the Gulf of Mexico before taking a sniff of The Bahamas.  The feline cameo was punctuated by laughter from the talent and crew off-camera while Rodriguez steadily continued on.

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