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MSNBC Seeks New Voices To Help It Regain Ratings Ground

30 September 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Jose Diaz-Balart launched his new hour-long show on MSNBC earlier this summer, he had a guest who spoke only Spanish. And he did what he often does from his regular perch on Telemundo when an English speaker appears on the broadcast:  He translated, in real time.

The guest was a woman directly involved in the immigration problem challenging the United States, and having an outside translator on the show struck Diaz-Balart as less than genuine. “It struck me as such a natural thing to do. When you talk about kids who are crossing the border,” he said to reporters Tuesday. “How do you put on the voice of a translator? How do you do that?”

On cable news, such stuff is unorthodox, but David Schoetz, the executive producer of MSNBC’s emerging 10 a.m. program, says the technique works. “We’re going to keep doing it, he said. “You »

- Brian Steinberg

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Telemundo’s Diaz-Balart To Replace Chris Jansing on MSNBC

20 May 2014 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Telemundo anchor Jose Díaz-Balart will anchor MSNBC’s 10 a.m. hour live from Miami, Florida, starting in mid-June, replacing the departing Chris Jansing and her “Jansing & Co.”

Díaz-Balart currently co-anchors Telemundo’s “Noticiero Telemundo” and hosts “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart,” and will continue to do so, the NBCUniversal-owned cable network said.

“MSNBC is committed to engaging new audiences and communities. To that end, I’ve been talking with José for several months about bringing his voice to MSNBC,” said Phil Griffin, the network’s president, in a prepared statement. “He has a keen understanding of the political landscape and three decades of experience in both broadcast and cable news.”

Díaz-Balart began his career in 1983 and has reported historic events and interviewed major political figures for prestigious news outlets including NBC News and Telemundo. His achievements include being the first journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television »

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