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KLUZ Kills Local Newscasts

Entravision has opted to cancel local production of its 5 and 10 pm newscasts in Albuquerque.

ABQ FREE PRESS STAFF REPORT

This just in from Media Moves, a site that covers Latinos in the media industry:

KLUZ-AlbuquerqueThe studio at Entravision-owned KLUZ in New Mexico will no longer seat news anchors at the desk. Entravision has opted to cancel local production of its 5 and 10 pm newscasts in Albuquerque. Instead, it will “hub” the news from its Denver station.

In doing so, it has laid off staff at KLUZ, just like it did at WVEA in Tampa.

Anchors Alejandro Contreras and Laura Holguín were among the layoffs, as well as a producer, editor and a technical director. The company hired Yuniesky Ramirez and Garna Mejia as anchor replacements for Noticias Univision Albuquerque, based out of Denver.

Two MMJs and longtime cameraman Jim Morrison will remain in Albuquerque. The KLUZ newscast will be pre-recorded to air as live-on-tape. And just like at the Florida station, the changes went into effect yesterday.

A source says Juan Carlos Gutierrez, News Director at KCEC, the Entravision-owned Univision affiliate in Denver, will oversee the newscasts for both cities.

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