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November 12, 2003 | Stephanie Stassel, Times Staff Writer
Growing up in war-torn El Salvador, Claudia Abrego followed the strife on television and in the newspapers. The coverage gripped her, inspiring her to become a Spanish-language journalist. Her family fled the civil war in 1989, when she was 14, and made a home in the United States.
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February 28, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Spanish-language media - particularly in Mexico - are abuzz following a Tribune Washington Bureau report on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's use of deadly force while patrolling the nation's border with Mexico. The article was based on an independent review of U.S. Border Patrol shootings. The report - conducted by a group of law enforcement experts - criticized agents for “lack of diligence” in theirs investigations, suggesting agents intentionally provoked confrontations by sometimes stepping in the path of cars apparently to justify shootings.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 13, 2003 | Daniel Hernandez, Times Staff Writer
Arnold Schwarzenegger gave one of the longest TV interviews of his campaign last week, a 40-minute talk that covered everything from his bodybuilding past to his views on immigration. The interviewer wasn't Barbara Walters or Katie Couric. It was Pablo Espinoza, a 34-year-old reporter for KUVS-TV in Sacramento, a Spanish-language television station. Schwarzenegger's interview, his campaign aides say, is part of a new push in the Spanish-language media.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Meg James
Univision Communications' top lawyer, C. Douglas Kranwinkle, is retiring after 12 years with the Spanish-language media giant, leaving the company without a corporate presence in its marquee market of Los Angeles. On Monday, the company said Kranwinkle will be succeeded by Jonathan Schwartz, who most recently served as general counsel of JPMorgan's Investment Bank. Schwartz will be based in New York. The move continues the consolidation of the media company's corporate functions on the East Coast.  The company's headquarters are in New York, and its TV network operations and studios are located in Miami.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
Popular Spanish-language media mogul Cristina Saralegui is the newest envoy for the Obama campaign's outreach to Latino voters, appearing in a new set of campaign ads one day after she endorsed the president's reelection. Saralegui, whose influential talk show on Univision has had a 21-year run, backed Obama in a pair of Web videos ( in English and in Spanish ) released by the campaign Monday. It is the first time Saralegui has weighed in on a presidential contest. “Hispanics could very well decide the next election and I will do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is reelected; there's simply too much at stake,” Saralegui said in a statement Monday.
NATIONAL
February 28, 2014 | By Cindy Carcamo
TUCSON - Spanish-language media - particularly in Mexico - are abuzz following a Tribune Washington Bureau report on the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency's use of deadly force while patrolling the nation's border with Mexico. The article was based on an independent review of U.S. Border Patrol shootings. The report - conducted by a group of law enforcement experts - criticized agents for “lack of diligence” in theirs investigations, suggesting agents intentionally provoked confrontations by sometimes stepping in the path of cars apparently to justify shootings.
NEWS
August 3, 2000 | DANA CALVO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Never before has a Romance language been such a prominent part of a Republican National Convention. So many U.S. Spanish-language media outlets are chronicling the event--at least 20--that the presidential campaign of Texas Gov. George W. Bush has brought in a bilingual spin doctor to handle the unprecedented number. Convention organizers estimate that fewer than 10 outlets covered the 1996 GOP convention. Just one of the new outlets, the Web site Terra.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Univision Communications Inc. has installed veteran television executive Randy Falco as its new chief executive, with the task of capitalizing on the growth of the U.S. Latino population to steer the Spanish-language media company into the mainstream. Falco's promotion, unanimously approved by Univision's board Wednesday, comes in the wake of a tumultuous period for the nation's dominant Spanish-language media company. Univision for years was distracted by feuds with its primary programming partner, Mexico-based Grupo Televisa.
BUSINESS
April 1, 2010 | By Meg James
Today, April 1, is census day. Once every 10 years, the federal government counts the nation's population to come up with "a portrait of America." The results are crucial to local governments, schools and agencies -- which rely on federal dollars -- and also media companies that target ethnic audiences. The 2000 census was a milestone. It revealed that Latinos made up a larger percentage of the population than people had previously thought. The number of Latinos had soared nearly 60% from 1990 to 2000 -- to more than 35 million people, or 13% of the total U.S. population.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2010 | By Michael J. Mishak and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Meg Whitman's campaign for governor has doubled its advertising on Spanish-language radio and increased the number of its Latino television spots by roughly 50% as the former EBay chief executive seeks to blunt the impact of news that she employed, then fired, an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. Publicly, Whitman's campaign aides say the controversy over her former housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, will not harm Whitman's prospects among Latino voters, especially after the multimillion-dollar investment she has already made to reach them.
NATIONAL
July 1, 2012 | By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times
Both political parties agree that the country's 21.3 million registered Latino voters could make a crucial difference in this year's presidential election. Yet in a race defined by massive spending on television ads, fast-response Internet videos and sophisticated social media efforts, both President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney have fallen short thus far when it comes to targeting Latino voters electronically, according to some Spanish-language media experts. Republican candidate Romney trails Obama badly among Latinos, according to polls released last week, and isn't counting on them to propel him to victory.
NEWS
June 19, 2012 | By Melanie Mason
Popular Spanish-language media mogul Cristina Saralegui is the newest envoy for the Obama campaign's outreach to Latino voters, appearing in a new set of campaign ads one day after she endorsed the president's reelection. Saralegui, whose influential talk show on Univision has had a 21-year run, backed Obama in a pair of Web videos ( in English and in Spanish ) released by the campaign Monday. It is the first time Saralegui has weighed in on a presidential contest. “Hispanics could very well decide the next election and I will do everything I can from now until November to ensure that President Obama is reelected; there's simply too much at stake,” Saralegui said in a statement Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 18, 2012 | By Meg James
Bouncing back from disappointing trends in 2011, total advertising spending in the first quarter of this year inched up 2.6%, compared to the previous year period, according to a new report from Kantar Media. Expenditures for all media totaled $32.9 billion, Kantar said Monday. “After a sluggish start in January, the pace of measured ad spending quickly accelerated and grew at an average rate of more than four percent during February and March, the best performance in more than a year,” Jon Swallen, chief research officer at Kantar Media North America, said in a statement.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Univision Communications Inc. has installed veteran television executive Randy Falco as its new chief executive, with the task of capitalizing on the growth of the U.S. Latino population to steer the Spanish-language media company into the mainstream. Falco's promotion, unanimously approved by Univision's board Wednesday, comes in the wake of a tumultuous period for the nation's dominant Spanish-language media company. Univision for years was distracted by feuds with its primary programming partner, Mexico-based Grupo Televisa.
BUSINESS
April 13, 2011 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
The president of NBCUniversal's Telemundo network is stepping down, clearing the way for the company to make sweeping changes to its Spanish-language media operation. NBCUniversal said Tuesday that Don Browne, Telemundo's leader for six years, will retire from the company June 3 — the eighth anniversary of his arrival at Telemundo. The company plans to name a new Telemundo president within a few months. Browne, who turns 68 next month, becomes the latest high-level veteran to leave in the wake of Comcast Corp.'s takeover of NBCUniversal.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 2, 2010 | By Michael J. Mishak and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
Meg Whitman's campaign for governor has doubled its advertising on Spanish-language radio and increased the number of its Latino television spots by roughly 50% as the former EBay chief executive seeks to blunt the impact of news that she employed, then fired, an illegal immigrant as a housekeeper. Publicly, Whitman's campaign aides say the controversy over her former housekeeper, Nicandra Diaz Santillan, will not harm Whitman's prospects among Latino voters, especially after the multimillion-dollar investment she has already made to reach them.
NEWS
November 26, 2012 | By Meg James
Univision Communications' top lawyer, C. Douglas Kranwinkle, is retiring after 12 years with the Spanish-language media giant, leaving the company without a corporate presence in its marquee market of Los Angeles. On Monday, the company said Kranwinkle will be succeeded by Jonathan Schwartz, who most recently served as general counsel of JPMorgan's Investment Bank. Schwartz will be based in New York. The move continues the consolidation of the media company's corporate functions on the East Coast.  The company's headquarters are in New York, and its TV network operations and studios are located in Miami.
NEWS
June 1, 1986 | FELIX GUTIERREZ, Associated Press
Los Angeles' swelling Latino population has prompted an explosion of Spanish-language media that is attracting a surge of "smart money" investors eager to cash in on $60 million a year in advertising. "You're going to see more of them coming into the marketplace," said Daniel Villanueva of television station KMEX. "In Spanish we call them convenencieros (opportunists). It's opportune money. It's smart money." Last December, Rep.
BUSINESS
July 27, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
A three-year criminal investigation into a pay-for-play scandal at Univision Communications — in which Latin-music executives bribed radio station managers with briefcases stuffed with cash — ended Monday when Univision agreed to pay $1 million in penalties to federal authorities. As part of an agreement with the U.S. Justice Department, Spanish-language media giant Univision pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud. During the four-year scheme, mid-level executives and music promoters at the now-defunct Univision Music Group paid thousands of dollars to radio station programmers in exchange for increased radio air time for Univision's songs.
BUSINESS
May 21, 2010 | By Meg James, Los Angeles Times
Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications is banking on its spicy soap operas, results of the 2010 census, a resurgent advertising market and plenty of soccer to propel it to profitability. The New York-based company, which went private in 2007 in a leveraged buyout that left it burdened with nearly $10 billion in debt, has struggled during the last two years amid a dramatic pull-back in advertising spending and a costly legal feud with its programming partner from Mexico, Grupo Televisa.
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