Effective today, March 1, Estrella TV’s Channel 62 local newscasts are no longer produced and anchored in Los Angeles. Instead, they were outsourced to Multimedios of Mexico, according to multiple sources.
About 20 employees were made redundant. Many of them had worked at the station for decades, sources told Media Moves.
Most of the employees who have lost their jobs are photographers, producers, editors and other production staff. At least two on-air talents had a pink slip.
Among those fired, whose names have been confirmed by multiple sources: cameramen Marcos Navarro, Rafael Taboada and Julio Cesar Alas; presenter and journalist Victor Cordero and weather presenter Sanelly Quintero.
Four reporters, including two MMJs, will continue to produce stories for the Los Angeles newscasts now produced in Mexico.
Staff members were first told of the company’s plan to ship local news production and cut jobs about 10 days ago in a meeting chaired by Executive Vice President Ivan Stoilkovich television content for Estrella Media. Some of the layoffs were carried out last week, others took place yesterday, the last day of production for local newscasts.
A company spokesperson did not make an official statement on the outsourcing of local newscasts or the layoffs, but told Media Moves that Estrella Media is leveraging Multimedios to complement its news operations. information, that the company had engaged in local news and reporting, and that most of the local reporters and Los Angeles anchors were retained.
Estrella TV began producing and broadcasting local newscasts in Los Angeles 20 years ago, under the direction of the company’s former owner and founder, Lenard Liberman, CEO of LBI Media.
The company also closed local operations of its Dallas information center and outsourced its newsletters to Mexico in November 2021. According to sources, more than 40 people lost their jobs.
Liberman left the company following a bankruptcy restructuring. Senior lender HPS Investment Partners, LLC, which sponsored the reorganization plan, acquired 100% ownership of LBI Media in 2019 and renamed the parent company to Estrella Media in 2020.