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NBC Universal Buys WWSI in Philadelphia

NBC Universal is acquiring WWSI, the Telemundo affiliate in Philadelphia, from ZGS Communications, according to Broadcasting & Cable.

NBC will buy the station for $19 million and form a duopoly with WCAU, the NBC-owned station in Philadelphia. NBC also owns the Telemundo Network.

“We are looking forward to building off the success of our Philadelphia Telemundo affiliate and helping expand the reach of Telemundo,” the company said in a statement, according to B&C. “This acquisition highlights our commitment to the Spanish-language community and will help bolster our ongoing efforts to serve our Hispanic communities, businesses and audiences.”

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Tom Arnost Named New Telemundo Executive

Tom Arnost has been named to the newly created position of executive vice president & chief revenue officer for the Telemundo Station Group.

Arnost wil lead the groups revenue generating functions including the national and local sales offices as well as digital and new business initiatives, local events and out of home platforms.

“Tom has been a key player in leading the charge of raising awareness about the Hispanic market and the value of the U.S. Hispanic audience for many years,” said president of Telemundo, Manuel Abud. “As Telemundo continues to grow its audience share and work with partners new to the Spanish-language television landscape, his reputation and deep experience driving revenue growth will foster further success for our Station Group.”

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Chris McDonnell Named GM of Telemundo Chicago

Chris McDonnell will join WSNS, Telemundo’s O&O in Chicago, as president and general manager reports Broadcasting & Cable.

“Chris has an extensive background in broadcast television, including both Spanish-language and general market,”  said Manuel Abud, president of the Telemundo Station Group.  “He is no stranger to Chicago or Telemundo, having grown up in Chicago and previously managed the Telemundo Chicago sales team.”

McDonnell comes from within the NBC Universal family.  Previously he was vice president of sales and marketing for NBC owned station KXAS in Dallas.

His appointment fills the vacancy left by the departure of Celia Chavez who was named president and general manager of KVEA, Telemundo’s owned station in Los Angeles.

WTVJ Hires Telemundo Veteran as VP of News

WTVJ has named Migdalia Figueroa vice president of news.

Figueroa comes to NBC’s Miami station from Telemundo, where she served as senior vice president of local content for the Telemundo Station Group, overseeing news and local content for all of the the company’s 14 owned stations.

“I am delighted to welcome Migdalia to the NBC 6 leadership team,” WTVJ president and general manager Manuel Martinez said, announcing the move. “She brings a passion for news, a wealth of knowledge, and a strong understanding of the South Florida market. This combination makes her the natural choice to lead the NBC 6 news team.” Read more

KUSA Partners with Telemundo for Spanish Newscasts

In Denver, Gannett-owned KUSA is set to begin producing two new Spanish language newscasts that will air on local Telemundo station KDEN.

The newscasts, which will be shot at the KUSA studios, will air weekdays at 5:30 and 10 p.m. beginning October 3rd. Anchors have not yet been named.

“We’ve been working on this for several months,” KUSA news director Patti Dennis said during KUSA’s noon newscast today (video inside). “Knowing that the Spanish language community has only one choice for Spanish language news in Denver, this will give us an opportunity to take 9News and the Telemundo brand and put it together in a weekly evening and late newscast for the Spanish-speaking audience.”

Univision-affiliate KCEC currently airs a local newscast at 5 and 10. Read more

NBC Universal Sells Los Angeles’ KWHY

NBC Universal has agreed to sell Los Angeles Spanish-language station KWHY to Alex Meruelo, a prominent Hispanic businessman in Southern California.

Meruelo Group, Meruelo’s investment company, announced today that it had reached a deal with NBCU to acquire the independent station.  Financial terms have not been disclosed and the acquisition must gain FCC approval.

“We are honored to be the only Latino-owned station in Los Angeles, and look forward to continuing KWHY’s proud tradition as we bring the very best in entertainment, news, and community affairs programming to the people of Los Angeles,” said Meruelo in making the announcement.

With the deal, NBCU is getting rid of one of its three stations in Los Angeles (in addition to KNBC, the company owns Telemundo station KVEA).

NBCU had been operating KWHY on a special FCC waiver but agreed to sell it off as the company merged with Comcast.