The Telemundo evening news (“Noticias Telemundo”) concluded their news program on Monday March 12 with the much awaited sit-down style interview between Spanish broadcast leading male anchors Jose Diaz-Balart (Telemundo) and Jorge Ramos (Univision), an interview that according to them was way overdue.
“This is a meeting we’ve been postponing for 30 years,” said Ramos during the interview. “We should have done this a long time ago!”
The interview between the two most recognized figures in Latino journalism sent shock waves amongst those who have worked or done business with each of the fiercely rival entities they each represent, including the two veteran anchors.
“We’ve had a chance to share experiences in private and as friends, but it’s taken us too long to do something like this,” Diaz-Balart said during the interview.
“I think it’s important for Univision and Telemundo to be able to collaborate and normalize their relationship,” said Ramos.
The interview held at the Books and Books bookstore in Coral Gables was an idea conceived by Noticias Telemundo news president Luis Fernandez who along with NBC Universal and Telemundo stands behind the initiative to innovate and redefine the media landscape with a broader and more inclusive strategy.
“We at Noticias Telemundo understand that we need to go beyond our comfort zone to innovate and take risks,” said a Noticias Telemundo Spokesperson. “Diaz-Balart and Ramos were enthusiastic from the beginning. Indeed the feeling was that this was a long due conversation.”
During this unprecedented open dialogue the news anchors shared candid and personal anecdotes as well as a discussions about the present and future of the Latino community, the impact of the Trump residency, journalism, activism an Ramos’s brand new book “Stranger: The Challenge of a Latino Immigrant in the Trump Era” (Penguin Random House) where Ramos sets out to examine what it means to be a Latino immigrant in present-day America.
You can check out the entire interview on any of the Noticias Telemundo digital platforms including their webpage www.telemundo.com/Noticias.