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.

CNN en Español launches its own Reliable Sources

In addition to his primetime weekday duties as the host of Conclusiones, Fernando del Rincon has added a new show to his plate, Fuentes Confiables — or in English, Reliable Sources. Based off of the show with the same name airing on CNN/USA hosted by Brian Stelter, Fuentes Confiables is a show based on the media.

Each Sunday at 10am on CNN en Español, Del Rincon will bring together a panel of journalists to discuss and analyze the news of the week.

The show will also issue a “mea culpa” if an error is made, according to a blurb about the show.

Zucker cautions about “authoritarian regime” targeting CNN en Español

At Turner’s press lunch, CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker pointed out that CNN en Español had been taken off the air in Venezuela.

“Everyone in this room should be concerned about this,” said Zucker. “That’s what happens when an authoritarian regime [targets] a network because they don’t like our journalism.”

In a statement, a CNN spokesperson said, “CNN en Español will continue to fulfill its responsibility to the Venezuelan public by offering our live signal on YouTube free of charge and news links on, so they may have access to information not available to them in any other way.

Similarly, in an employee town hall, Zucker told employees, “Do our job, don’t back down and don’t be intimidated” by Trump, as I exclusively reported.

Guillermo Arduino moves to new weekday anchor role

Following the depature of veteran CNN en Español anchor Ismael Cala, it was announced Encuentro anchor Camilo Egaña would get Cala’s old time slot.

Longtime CNN personality Guillermo Arduino will leave the weekend anchor desk (and Rafael Romo will take his show), and will now serve as the anchor of Encuentro, previously anchored by Egaña.

Encuentro airs weekdays at 5pm ET.

Arduino has been with CNN since 1999, initially as a member of CNN International’s on-air weather team before moving over to a news anchor role.

Rafael Romo named anchor at CNN en Español

CNN’s senior Latin American affairs editor Rafael Romo has been named the weekend anchor of CNN en Español’s Mirador Mundial. The program covers both world news and business news. Romo has been with the network since 2009.

Fluent in both English and Spanish, he has reported in both languages throughout his career.

Romo begins his new role the first weekend of July, the network announced.

Primetime anchor Ismael Cala resigns from CNN

Primetime news anchor Ismael Cala announced on the end of his program on CNN en Espanol, Cala, his intention to leave the network on July 1. He has been with CNN for 15 years.

“News used to be the center of my life. Today, my mission has changed. I’m no longer interested in finding journalism exclusives, but that’s the essence of a program like this.”

He revealed he is dedicating the next six months to strengthening Cala Enterprises, a company he founded over four years ago, which currently has over 20 employees, as well as working on his Ismael Cala foundation, which focuses on vocational and leadership youth training.

“Why am I leaving? Because the time to retreat is not when others force you, but when you still have the strength and capacity to seize the moment and take a leap into the unknown.”

Cala noted he negotiated his exit from the network “leaving the door open.”

On the Facebook page, CNNE said, “Ismael Cala decides to dedicate his career as a writer, conference como escritor, speaker and coach, leaving CNN en Español. We wish him the best!”

After July 1, the show will become Kmilo and will be hosted by CNNE colleague Camilo Egaña.

(H/t MediaMoves)