Sources started telling me early Friday that Entravision Communications was going to have massive layoffs at television stations around the country.
It happened at the Univision station in Las Vegas which is owned by Entravision.
Reporter Juan Juarez confirmed it in his goodbye video he shared on Twitter. Here are parts of his video translated from Spanish to English.
Hi friends on Facebook and all my social media platforms. I wanted to share in person and on this video that they just let us go. Entravision Communications, the station in Las Vegas decided to let go of just about everyone including me, and many of my colleagues. Now they’re going to do the produce our local news from El Paso. I just wanted to say thank you, thank you because I know many people trusted me in the past two-and-half years while I worked at Entravision Las Vegas.
You opened your hearts in front of the camera that I carried in the heat and in the cold, it didn’t matter, and many people trusted in me. You supported me and you opened your hearts and homes to share many of your stories.
…This is not easy, because it’s a hard situation. There have been many tears and feelings now that this corporation make these kind of decision, and don’t take you into consideration. The truth is they do it suddenly without letting you know. We can only push forward…
Juarez was one of the many reporters who covered the Las Vegas Massacre in October 2017. He had grown very fond of Las Vegas and the people he served. Unfortunately he says the loyalty and commitment meant nothing to Entravision.
Thank you to all the viewers who share your stories with me and my co-workers. We leave knowing we did great work, we dedicated ourselves to the community, and unfortunately this did not matter to Entravision Communications.
Mensaje de despedida de Univision Las Vegas. ENTRAVISION COMMUNICATIONS Cierra el canal local de LAS VEGAS y envían operaciones a El Paso Texas. GRACIAS A TODOS QUIENES CONFIARON EN MI Y COMPARTIERON SUS HISTORIAS 🙏🏼❤️ Somos fuertes y Dios Sabe El Destino. pic.twitter.com/c8q3cXZbbh
— Juan U. Juarez (@juarezjuanp) April 6, 2018
Sources say Luisa Collins, Vice President of News Social Affairs and Wellness at Entravision Communications flew to Las Vegas to give everyone the bad news. According to an insider, she told the staff in news, radio and sales something about “difficult time and we have to do this.”
A total of 13 people from news were shown the door. They included a technical director, editor, three MMJ’s, a female anchor and two engineers. Two photographers and two male anchors remain and may gather news for the El Paso news production.
Reporter Jasmina Gonzalez fought back tears in her goodbye video she also posted on Twitter. Here’s part of it translated from Spanish to English.
I will no longer be working for Univision, but I want to tell you that I take a little piece of all your hearts, they are right here with me. Thank you for your trust. Thank you for your support, for opening the doors to your homes, for always being there for us. I want to say I appreciate it from the bottom of my heart.
No es un adiós si no un hasta pronto. Muchas muchas gracias por su confianza, por abrirme las puertas de su hogar. Me duele que se haya tomado esta decisión por parte de Entravision, pero es una decisión que tengo que respetar. Nos vamos con la frente bien en alto. pic.twitter.com/O5242511oB
— Jasmina_Glz (@Jasmina_GlzNews) April 7, 2018
I have contacted Collins via Facebook to find out why the company made this decision, and how many other employees at other Entravision stations face termination. Will this save Entravision millions of dollars? Stay tuned.
According to Entravision’s website:
Entravision Communications Corporation is a diversified Spanish-language media company utilizing a combination of television, radio and digital operations to reach Latino consumers across the United States, as well as the border markets of Mexico. Entravision is the largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision’s UniMas network, with television stations in 20 of the nation’s top 50 Latino markets. The company owns and/or operates 58 primary television stations and also operates one of the nation’s largest groups of primarily Spanish-language radio stations, consisting of 49 owned and operated radio stations. Additionally, Entravision has a variety of cross-platform digital content and sales offerings designed to capitalize on the company’s leadership position within the Latino broadcasting community. Entravision shares of Class A Common Stock are traded on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol: EVC.
If the company is having money problems, it is not showing at the top. According to Salary.Com. CEO Walter F. Ulloa at Entravision Communications, made $4,751,204 in total compensation. More information on Salary.Com 2016 Report.