José Diaz-Balart Part of Anchor Rotation for Nightly News Saturday

By Chris Ariens Comment

Telemundo and MSNBC anchor José Diaz-Balart has been added to the rotation of anchors for the NBC Nightly News Saturday editions. He’ll also be a panelist on NBC’s Meet the Press, even while continuing to co-anchor Telemundo’s nightly newscast Noticiero Telemundo, as well as his MSNBC morning show.

“Needless to say, this is a recognition of the great year Jose has had as the first and only journalist to serve as daily news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English, and a testimony to what the NBCUniversal properties can achieve when we work together,” said Telemundo president Luis Silberwasser in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser.

The addition of Diaz-Balart to Nightly News follows Kate Snow‘s elevation to anchoring the Sunday edition, which came on the heels of Lester Holt taking over as Nightly News anchor and managing editor.

Here’s the internal note from Silberwasser.

From: “Silberwasser, Luis (NBCUniversal)”
Date: November 19, 2015 at 1:00:20 PM EST
Subject: News Announcement

As you know, our network News team has been on a roll this year. Coming off their best season ever for both “Noticiero Telemundo” and “Al Rojo Vivo con Maria Celeste,” they successfully launched their 2016 elections coverage campaign “#Yo Decido” and are getting ready for a very exciting political year ahead. In addition, our News talent continue to grow and are increasingly being recognized by their peers and the industry at large.

On that note, I take this opportunity to share with you some news that make us all very proud. In addition to his double duty as “Noticiero Telemundo” and MSNBC’s “The Rundown with José Diaz-Balart” anchor, starting this coming Saturday, November 21st our very own Jose Diaz-Balart will join the rotation of anchors for Saturday editions of “NBC Nightly News” and become a frequent panelist on “Meet the Press” on the NBC network. Needless to say, this is a recognition of the great year Jose has had as the first and only journalist to serve as daily news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English, and a testimony to what the NBCUniversal properties can achieve when we work together.

Please join me in congratulating Jose and I invite you to tune-in to watch him anchoring this weekend’s newscast of the #1 news organization in the country, another great example of Hispanic America at its best.

Luis

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