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Philadelphia Stations to Share News Content

wpvi_wuvpPhiladelphia’s ABC owned station WPVI and Univision station WUVP have announced they’re partnering on news content integration.

As part of the deal, WUVP will launch a live local 11:00p.m. news starting December 26. The two stations will also cross promote newscasts and share news content.

“This partnership will strengthen our news gathering capabilities within the Latino community,” said Bernie Prazenica, president and general manager at WPVI.  “Univision is the premiere Spanish language television brand in America, and we’re excited to share news resources with them.”

The Univision press release said the partnership is “an expansion of Univision’s ongoing efforts with ABC to share news content, already underway in two of the largest Hispanic markets such as New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. In some markets both stations work on investigative stories while in others they work on a daily basis on news stories and on gubernatorial debates.”

Sam Belilty Named ND at Univision Dallas

univision_smallSam Belilty has been named news director at KUVN, the Unvision station in Dallas, MediaMoves reports. He comes from the Univision station in San Antonio, KWEX, where he has been news director for six years.

Before KWEX, Belilty worked at the Univision station in Fresno, where he held a variety of positions, including news director, creative services director and executive producer of the morning newscast. He is a former correspondent for Radio Caracas Television in Miami.

Univision Names Lourdes Torres VP of Regional News

univision_smallLourdes Torres has been named vice president of regional news for Univision News. In her new role, she will continue in her current role as director of special projects and add oversight for all programming on Univision O&Os.

“Lourdes is an outstanding news professional who has been part of Univision News for over two decades and has a deep understanding not only of our mission and style, but also of the Hispanic audiences we serve,” Daniel Coronell, Univision’s SVP and executive director of news, said in a statement. “With her expertise and her proven success in leading complex projects, she will be instrumental in helping us maintain a gold standard of journalistic excellence across all of our local news platforms.”

Torres joined Univision in 1986 and has held a variety of roles at the network. More in Univision’s release after the jump. Read more

New York’s Longest Serving News Anchor Announces Retirement

pineda_wxtvRafael Pineda, the main anchor for Noticias Univision 41 is retiring after more than 42 years with Univision’s New York owned station WXTV.

“Rafael’s integrity, dedication and connection to our audience have made him one of a kind,” Ramón J. Pineda, senior vice president and general manager of WXTV said in a statement. “Noticias Univision 41 viewers, along with those of us who have had the pleasure to work with him, have benefited from his commitment to quality journalism. Rafael will always have a home, a family, here at Univision 41, and we wish him the best as he enters the next chapter in his life.”

Pineda joined WXTV in 1972. According to Univision he is the longest serving television news anchor in New York.

In November, Pineda will be inducted into the New York State Broadcaster’s Association Hall of Fame. In 2000, he was the first Latino inducted into The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Silver Circle.

Pineda’s last day will be December 20.

[Media Moves]

Sandra Thomas Leaves Univision

sandra_thomas_univisionSandra Thomas, the woman who oversaw news content for Univision affiliates, is no longer with the Spanish language network.

Media Moves reports Univision Television Group president Kevin Cuddihy and the company’s president of News Isaac Lee made the announcement in an email sent to staffers.

“Sandra has been a great leader at our organization and her tireless work, collaborative spirit and dedication to our mission have made an incredible impact. Please join us in thanking her and wishing her the best in her new endeavors.”

In the brief message, the execs state: “All of these efforts continue to build on Univision’s strategy of flattening the organization and becoming a leaner, more responsive, efficient and dynamic company that is open to constant change.”

Thomas was appointed senior director of local and affiliate news at Univision in June of 2011. She had worked at Univision for 14 years. Read more

Univision Launches Salt Lake City News

univision_32Salt Lake City Univision affiliate KUTH has started broadcasting local newscasts again.

The two half hour “Noticias 32 Salt Lake” shows air weeknights at 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

“With the launch of ‘Noticias 32 Salt Lake City,’ we are responding to the great appetite the fastest growing community has for consuming local news,” Luis Fernandez-Rocha, senior vice president and general manager of Univision Salt Lake City told HispanicAd.com. “Univision 32 Salt Lake City remains committed to informing the Hispanic community with news of importance to them and we are thrilled to be able to extend our efforts with expanded coverage on a daily basis.”

The news is anchored by news director Irene Caso (pictured left) and features multimedia journalist Viviane Quintela (pictured right). The station uses Univision network’s meteorologist Gloria Carmona for weather updates. Read more

Sacramento Univision Station Unveils New Set

univision_sac_set3KUVS, the Univision station for Sacramento, CA, revealed its new HD studio and news set.

The set, designed by Sabca Productions, features LED lighting and large background monitors. The station also upgraded its equipment, graphics and weather forecast system.

You can see more pictures of the design after the jump. Read more

Karina Banda Joins Univision Sacramento

Karina Banda has joined KUVS, the Univision station in Sacramento, according to the Sacramento Bee.

Banda joins the station as a co-anchor and reporter for “A Primera Hora,” the station’s morning newscast. She previously worked at Televisa Monterrey in Mexico, where she co-anchored the evening newscast. She joins Maribel López and Gustavo Ortiz on the “A Primera Hora” show, the Sacramento Bee reports.

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

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