Episode 44 - How Will Maria Elena Salinas' Departure Affect Univision? Will 'El Diario La Prensa' Go English?


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This week we’re focusing on Spanish-language news. As you might have already heard, Univision news anchor Maria Elena Salinas announced her departure last week and it has left many unanswered questions: Why is she really leaving? What triggered her departure? Where is she going? Does Salinas already have a job lined up with an English-language network? Veronica Villafañe, editor-in-chief of Mediamoves.com and Hispanic media reporter for Forbes Magazine, joins me to discuss her exclusive interview with Salinas herself and what does not only her future hold, but what is the future of Spanish-language news as we know it?

Also, can you imagine NY’s El Diario La Prensa, the country’s oldest Spanish-language newspaper, written in English? I chat with Rafael Cores, VP of Digital Content for Impremedia, about how the paper is modernizing its ways and defying the challenges of its demographics and business marketplace.

That plus the latest in music, movies and tv on the Highly Relevant Podcast!


Veronica Villafañe talks Maria Elena Salinas - 1:23

Thoughts on Salinas' next step 2:02

Why English-language media didn't cover Salinas with the same zest as NBC's Tom Brokaw? 4:45

Salinas' chances of working in English 7:04

Reasons why Salinas might have left 15:39

How will Univision News fare without Maria Elena Salinas? 21:17

Afro-Latina Ilia Calderon as replacement could make a major statement to POC in Spanish news 23:39

What is the future of Spanish-language news? 25:14

JackedIN (recap of pop culture stories) - 30:18

Rafael Cores on 'El Diario La Prensa' and the state of Spanish language newspapers - 32:15

What is Impremedia? 33:09

Rafael's start in the media business: 34:34

Challenges of the Spanish-language newspaper business 37:10

How to transform a print business to digital 39:38

Has the new modern approach alienated older readers 43:45

Hispanics use Facebook for news more than any other platform 45:06

Should newspapers disappear and be converted directly to digital? 46:42

Will 'El Diario La Prensa' go English someday? 51:02

Thoughts on New York Times en Español 56:07

Thoughts on Maria Elena Salinas departure 58:48

This week's music playlist - 1hr

Internacionales - Bomba Estereo

What About Us - Pink

X - Prince Royce (feat. Zendaya)

Singer Pedro Capó on become a professional singer and songwriting inspiration - 1hr 1m

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