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US Journos Showed Maduro a Video. Things Took a Turn

Jorge Ramos, 5 other Univision staffers had their phones, equipment seized

(Newser) - A team of American journalists led by Univision's Jorge Ramos said they had their camera equipment and phones seized at Venezuela's presidential palace after Nicolas Maduro abruptly ended an interview Monday. Ramos, one of the most influential Spanish-speaking journalists in the US, told the AP late Monday that... More »

Gawker's Denton to Get $200K Salary for Not Competing

Univision will pay him for 2 years

(Newser) - It's not clear what Gawker founder Nick Denton will do next now that new owner Univision is shutting down Gawker.com itself, but he'll be decently compensated for two years as he figures it out: Univision will pay him $16,666 a month over that stretch as part... More »

Univision Bought Gawker Only to Kill Gawker

Though Gawker's other sites will be spared

(Newser) - Univision may have purchased Gawker Media for $135 million at bankruptcy auction this week, but that deal apparently didn't include Gawker itself. In a post Thursday, Gawker announced it will shut down next week. The six other Gawker-owned sites—Lifehacker, Jezebel, Deadspin, Gizmodo, Jalopnik, and Kotaku—will continue to... More »

Univision Buys Gawker for $135M

The bankrupt media company was up for auction Tuesday

(Newser) - It appears the bankrupt Gawker has a new owner: Univision. The company best known for Spanish-language television bought Gawker Tuesday at auction for $135 million, the New York Times reports. The online media company was forced to put itself up for sale after Hulk Hogan and tech billionaire Peter Thiel... More »

Univision Buys Controlling Stake in ... the Onion?

According to NPR report, satirical site fits in with company's millennial vision

(Newser) - "Area Satiric Publication The Onion Sold to Univision" sounds like the start of a jokey headline you'd read in—well, the Onion. But in this case, NPR is adding a (Seriously) to the end of that, indicating this is apparently no joke. Reporter David Folkenflik, citing two sources... More »

Univision Kicked Out of Trump Rally

Candidate reminds supporters not to hurt protesters

(Newser) - A Univision crew was kicked out of a Donald Trump rally in Florida yesterday—and they weren't the only ones to get the boot. The campaign event was being held at the Trump National Doral hotel, near Univision's headquarters in south Florida, and the station says crews from... More »

Univision Reporter Kicked Out of Trump Event

Jorge Ramos came back for immigration back-and-forth

(Newser) - Univision anchor Jorge Ramos is one of the most influential journalists in America—in any language—but that didn't stop Donald Trump's security officers from physically removing him from a news conference in Iowa last night. When Ramos asked questions without being called on, Trump told the Mexican-American... More »

Trump to Univision: You're Sued

$500M suit accuses network of quashing freedom of speech

(Newser) - Donald Trump is a man of his word, at least when that word is "sue." The GOP candidate made good on his threat to sue Univision for hundreds of millions of dollars yesterday, filing a $500 million lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court over the network's... More »

Trump: Univision Is Conspiring With Mexico

He plans to sue for 'hundreds of millions'

(Newser) - The Donald Trump-Univision spat looks like it could outlast the Donald Trump 2016 campaign. Trump's lawyer says his client plans to sue the network for "hundreds of millions" over its decision to drop the Miss USA pageant, reports Reuters . "We intend to pursue all legal rights and... More »

Univision Dumps Miss USA Over Trump

Given 'insulting remarks about Mexican immigrants,' breaking up not hard to do

(Newser) - Several things stood out when Donald Trump announced his presidential bid — liberal glee, conservative scorn , escalators, paid supporters —but what many in the Latino community heard was his proposal to build a "great, great wall" on the US-Mexico border to block Mexican drugs, crime, and rapists. Outrage... More »

Univision Fires Host Over Michelle Obama Comment

Rodner Figueroa made 'Planet of the Apes' reference

(Newser) - Talk show host Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after saying that Michelle Obama looks like someone from the cast of Planet of the Apes. Figueroa, who's known for his biting fashion commentary, made his remarks during a live segment of the show El Gordo y la Flaca. The... More »

World Cup Sets US Ratings Records

ESPN, Univision score highest-ever figures

(Newser) - ESPN and Univision have scored with their World Cup coverage: The US victory over Ghana Monday night set World Cup ratings records for both broadcasters, with a total audience of 15.9 million viewers. For ESPN, it was the highest-rated men's soccer game ever. The ratings were way ahead... More »

A TV First: NBC Finishes Last in Sweeps

Worse, network fell behind Univision, too, says report

(Newser) - If there are four big networks and you finish fifth in the ratings, that's not good, right? Such is the fate of NBC in the February sweeps, reports Deadline . In the 20-day period, it had an average rating of 1.2 among the 18-49 set, which trails not only... More »

Disney, Univision in News Channel Talks

New 24-hour channel would cater to English-speaking Latinos

(Newser) - Disney and Univision are in talks to create a new English-language channel to enter the 24-hour TV news war, insiders tell the Wall Street Journal . The venture would be aimed at English-speaking Latinos, and the companies hope to get it up and running before the presidential election in order to... More »

Meet Tom Hanks, Spanish Weatherman

Actor goofs off on Univision

(Newser) - Tom Hanks went on Univision's Despierta America ostensibly to promote his upcoming film Larry Crowne. But things took a turn for the wacky when he got involved with the weather report, PopEater reports. Hanks and co-host Chiquinquira Delgado spent most of the time dancing around as Delgado tried to... More »

California Rep: 'The Vietnamese' Want Me Out

Democrat Loretta Sanchez accuses opponent of being 'anti-Hispanic'

(Newser) - A Democratic congresswoman from California is taking heat today after telling Univision “the Vietnamese” are after her seat. “The Vietnamese and the Republicans are, with an intensity, trying to take this seat from which we have done so much for the community,” Loretta Sanchez said in the... More »

Gloria Estefan Grills Obama—About Xmas

Singer gets into the nitty-gritty—about Christmas—with the president

(Newser) - Gloria Estefan’s interview with President Obama—conducted for a Univision Christmas special—didn't exactly delve into immigration reform or health care. Politico offers up the complete transcript. Some of the, uh, highlights:
  • Urgent matters: “I have a very important question to start off this interview,” Estefan says.
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Obama Blanked Top Papers But Took Tough Questions

But president endured tougher questioning than last conference

(Newser) - President Obama bypassed reporters from the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and other major papers last night, instead taking questions from Spanish-language TV station Univision and military newspaper Stars and Stripes. Yet the president faced tougher questions than at his first press conference, often in the form... More »

Why GOP No-Shows Are Dissing Minorities

Critics say that top contenders focused on core white base

(Newser) - The African-American audience watching tonight's GOP presidential debate will see four empty lecterns representing the front-runners who declined to participate. Since the top three also declined a Spanish-language forum, the Los Angeles Times wonders why they're snubbing minority voters. Scheduling-conflict excuses don't cut it; more plausible is fear of alienating... More »

Dems' Miami Debate Makes Foray Into Spanish

First presidential debate translated live on Univision

(Newser) - Democratic hopefuls took part in a Spanish-language debate in Miami yesterday, having questions translated UN-style from Spanish to English, and answers back again into Spanish. Though he'd agreed to the ground rules, bilingual contender Bill Richardson couldn't resist  asking in Spanish if he could continue in Spanish, and Sen. Chris... More »

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