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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

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.”

[Media Buzz]

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.

[Media Moves]

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.”

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