CNN Cafe wins Daytime Emmy for outstanding morning program

CNN en Español’s morning show, Café CNN, was recognized on Sunday for Outstanding Morning Program in Spanish in the United States.

Co-anchors Alejandra Oraa and Maria Alejandra Requena, along with Vice President of Programming and Production for CNN en Español, Eduardo Suarez, were on stage to receive the award on behalf of the entire team. CNN Café was awarded for coverage of the Seventh Summit the Americas in Panama.

Suarez, Requena and Oraa recognized the work of the entire production team: co-anchor Carlos Montero, co-anchor Maria Regina Bustamante, sports anchor Elizabeth Perez, producer Ricardo Rodriguez, Humberto Camacho, David Gamez, Samuel Burke, and Benjamin Fernandez, as well as the SVP and network General Manager Cynthia Hudson and programming and production director Cathy Reyes, among others.

CNN Chile chief Rolando Santos retires

Rolando Santos, the chief executive of CNN Chile, is retiring from the company, effective Friday, April 1, reports MediaMoves. After spending the past nine years in Chile, he will be returning to the United States, where he owns a home in Atlanta.

He has spent twenty-five years with CNN, with executive roles including VP for Affiliate Relations for CNN International, EVP and General Manager of HLN, and President of CNN en Español and CNN en Español Radio.

“I’ve been blessed with a 40-year career in the United States, working in English and Spanish-language, in front and behind the camera and internationally. Some of the most satisfying times in my career occurred in Chile, because I was able to change the news culture in the country and train the next generation of journalists that is now in charge of the news product,” Santos said in a statement to MediaMoves.

CNN Chile’s news director, Alejandro Repenning, will take over the news channel following Santos’s departure.

CNNE cuts anchor and her show

Calling it an internal restructuring, CNN en Español has dropped anchor Lucía Navarro and cut her 11am news hour, Actualidad en Vivo, reports MediaMoves. Navarro has anchored the program since its inception three years ago.

“It’s been a pleasure to work with the entire team,” Navarro said in her response to the initial report, confirming her departure. “I’m very satisfied with my work at CNN. I now hope to start a new professional adventure very soon.”

Reportedly taking Actualidad en Vivo‘s place is a re-run of the morning show Cafe CNN.

This news comes as a report surfaced today about CNN slashing 50 jobs as it gears up for a $20 million investment into a digital expansion, as announced by EVP Andrew Morse.

CNNE partners with CUNY for Latino coverage

Today, CNN en Español announced a partnership with the Center for Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies (CLACLS) at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY).

They partnered to provide an exclusive focus on Latino voters in America, the fastest growing minority voting bloc that could play an instrumental role in determining the next President of the United States.

CNNE will present their detailed monthly reports — spanning a variety of election-related topics — across the television network and digital platforms leading up to key caucus and primary election dates.

“I am extraordinarily gratified for the partnership CLALCS has formed with CNN en Español, a leading global television network, to provide newsworthy data about the Latino electorate across the United States — especially in key states in which Latino voters have the potential to determine the outcome of the 2016 presidential elections,” said Professor Bergad in a prepared statement.

“We are pleased to announce this very important partnership as it reflects our commitment to the U.S Hispanic market and our leadership among Latino voters and opinion leaders who count on CNN en Español’s multiple platforms as their most trusted source for news and information,” said Cynthia Hudson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN/U.S.

CNN’s Democratic Town Hall Coverage

Tonight at CNN’s Democratic town hall, which will air from 9pm to 11pm ET, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will appear first, followed by ex-Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and then former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, CNN announced Monday. Each will have 30 minutes onstage at Drake University’s Sheslow Auditorium and will face questions from audience members as well as CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo.

The Iowa Democratic Party and Drake University invited the audience, which will also include some CNN guests.

The Town Hall will also be live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo. CNN International and CNN en Espanol will also simulcast the Town Hall.

Immediately following the town hall, CNN Tonight anchored by Don Lemon will air.

CNNE labels Obama ‘presidente de Venezuela’

Because being the president of the United States of America isn’t a big enough job anymore, CNN en Español labeled Barack Obama as the ‘presidente de Venezuela’ on their chyron on Sunday night.

The banner remained up for about one minute before it was apparently noticed and then they edited out their mistake.

A year ago, a CNN chyron read: “SEAL who claims he shot Obama under attack,’ when referring to Osama Bin Laden.

(H/t MediaEqualizer)

Patricia Janiot’s exclusive with Daniel Scioli

CNN en Español anchor Patricia Janiot interviewed the governor of Buenos Aires over a ten-day period that she spent in Argentina for her program, Panorama Mundial, for the network’s coverage of the Argentinian 2015 election. While in Argentina, Janiot spoke with many involved in the process, including the candidates, economists, political analysts and other journalists, the network touts.

Tonight at 7pm, CNNE will air Janiot’s interview with the governor of Buenos Aires, Daniel Scioli, who is running for president of Argentina.

Janiot will speak with Scioli about the run-off election on November 22 against Mauricio Macri.

Juan Carlos Lopez was completely wasted during CNN’s debate

Despite Democratic debate moderator Anderson Cooper saying he planned on incorporating questioners Dana Bash and Juan Carlos Lopez (along with Don Lemon, who was said to be asking Facebook questions) more than Jake Tapper did in the previous debate, that really didn’t happen.

Bash may have been given more face time than in the previous debate.

But CNN en Espanol anchor Juan Carlos Lopez was not given hardly any face time whatsoever. He was given two brief segments — and he asked a question on immigration and marijuana.

Meanwhile, Lemon’s first question was a question about race.

Lopez isn’t some under-qualified person thrust on a debate stage; he is a Washington, DC-based chief correspondent for CNNE, and anchors Directo USA, a political newsmagazine interview show.