Ismael Cala returns to primetime with new show

calaFormer CNN en Español primetime anchor Ismael Cala is returning to television, beginning on Monday on MegaTV. The anchor departed CNN after 15 years in 2016.

His new show “will have guests, analysis, discussions on current events, fascinating stories, and a forum to put our current reality into context,” airing weekdays at 10pm.

“It will be one hour of information, not saturation. An intimate space where we go over what is happening currently, with an absorbing, taboo-free vision of the future. Positive journalism and entertainment in an audacious, agile, analytical, and bold combination. We want to create awareness and inject hope in a world that so desperately needs it, and to be astonished by the adventure,” Cala explained in the show’s announcement.

The show’s executive producer Amer Mercado said, “Prepare to be surprised every night, since the playfulness, journalistic experience, sense of humor, and the genuine personality and humanity of Cala will be the best choice to go to bed in the best way.”

Colombian journalist Jennifer Montoya joins CNN Cafe as anchor

CNN en Español has a new on-air personality, and its flagship morning show Cafe CNN has a new anchor — Colombian reporter Jennifer Montoya will be joining the Spanish morning show, effective September 17. She will join the existing team of Alejandra Oraa, Elizabeth Pérez, Samuel Burke and Marisa Azaret.

Montoya is replacing co-anchor María Alejandra Requena, who will be moving to host the 4:00pm news hour of Panorama Mundial, a slot vacated by Patriot Janiot who left CNNE to join Univision.


CNN en Español signs Nielsen to provide ratings

Nielsen and CNN jointly announced that they are expanding their relationship to provide daily national television measurement to CNN en Español, the sole 24-hour Spanish-language news network in the U.S. As a result of the new agreement, CNN en Español will leverage Nielsen data during this year’s upfront season, an annual event during which TV networks preview their upcoming programs to advertisers.

As a new client, the multi-year agreement provides CNN en Español with national TV ratings for the network. The service also offers access to Nielsen’s rich Hispanic demographic data, minute-level viewership metrics and daily measurement performance for all content aired on the network. Nielsen’s person-level data allows CNN en Espanol to better monetize its programs and ad inventory while offering agencies and advertisers more granular insights into their audience.

“As a leader in Spanish-language news content we need to have a broad understanding of the U.S. Hispanic populations viewing habits and media consumption trends,” said Cynthia Hudson, Senior Vice President and General Manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic Strategy for CNN/U.S. “We are excited about our expanded relationship with Nielsen and look forward to unlocking the full potential of our content.”


Cafe CNN leaves Atlanta and moves to Miami

CNN en Espanol’s flagship morning show, Cafe CNN, which used Studio H in Atlanta, made the move to its broadcast station in the Miami bureau. Some of its anchors already were based out Miami, but anchor Alejandra Oraa was based in the CNN Center, prior to the move.

Anchors Oraa, Maria Alejandra Requena, and Elizabeth Perez, will host Cafe CNN out of the studio, and Samuel Burke will do his best to be in studio, as well as juggling his London assignments for CNN International.

The program out of the new studio debuted this morning.


CNN cancels Showbiz, cuts back Cafe CNN

In addition to the recent departures of Patricia Janiot and morning show anchor Carlos Montero, CNN en Español is canceling its Los Angeles-based entertainment program, Showbiz, reports MediaMoves.

Furthermore, the morning show Cafe CNN is being downsized from a three hour program to just two hours, according to the report.

10 to 15 jobs are expected to be lost as a result of the cancelation of Showbiz.

MediaMoves says staffers were told to expect more changes in a meeting.

A CNN spokesperson didn’t comment on the layoffs, but said this of the changes: “CNN en Español is strengthening its content-generation capabilities to further position itself as the premiere Spanish-language cross platform news content business in the Americas. This includes investment and reallocation of resources to maximize the digital and TV newsgathering functions, increase content generation and optimize production resources. As responsibilities in the network shift, overall network headcount will increase.”


Carlos Montero leaves CNN en Español after 2 decades

Carlos Montero is leaving CNN en Español after two decades, effective November 30, reports MediaMoves. Montero served as a co-anchor of Cafe CNN, the network’s morning show.

According to insiders, he and CNNE were unable to reach an agreement on renewing his contract.

A spokesperson for the network confirmed his departure: “We are grateful to Carlos for all his many contributions to the network and wish him the very best.”


Patricia Janiot’s “new opportunity” is anchoring on Univision

As I reported about two weeks ago, CNN en Espanol senior anchor Patricia Janiot announced she was departing the network after two decades to pursue a new opportunity.

At the time, of course, she didn’t say what it was.

Janiot will co-anchor Univision’s late-night newscast, Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna with Enrique Acevedo starting in January 2018. She will also serve as co-anchor for the weekly primetime newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora (Here and Now), with Ilia Calderón and Teresa Rodríguez, and launch a new Latin America-focused news program on all Univision News digital platforms. Janiot is also expected to develop content for special programs, reports Variety.


Patricia Janiot announces she has accepted a new job, is leaving CNN

After 26 years with CNN, anchor Patricia Janiot revealed today both in a memo to her colleagues and later, on-air that she will be departing CNN en Espanol, effective November 17.

The Atlanta-based anchor explained her decision to leave the network as a “crucial and difficult decision” but revealed she made the decision to pursue a new opportunity as a journalist elsewhere. News about that, according to her memo and subsequent tweets, is forthcoming.

In her memo, she wrote that words were not sufficient to explain her love for her great family at CNN.

Her full memo can be read here in Spanish.