Telemundo Taps Luis Carlos Vélez as EVP of Network News

New executive was most recently at Caracol Television

Telemundo has a new boss in the network news department.

The network has hired Luis Carlos Vélez as its new executive vice president of network news.

Vélez, who was previously anchor and news director at Caracol Television in Colombia, will report to Telemundo Network president Luis Silberwasser.

In his new position, Vélez will handle the editorial direction, programming and production for all of Telemundo’s news properties, a portfolio that includes the nightly newscast “Noticiero Telemundo;” the Sunday news program “Enfoque con Jose Diaz-Balart;” the national weekend newscast “Noticias Telemundo Fin de Semana” and the news content of Telemundo’s morning program “Un Nuevo Día.” He’ll also oversee the daily newsmagazine program “Al Rojo Vivo,” hosted by María Celeste Arrarás.

In addition, Vélez will play a key role in strengthening the collaborations with Telemundo’s owned and operated stations and leveraging the relationship with and expertise of NBC News, the leading source of global news and information for more than 75 years.

“Luis Carlos brings to the network a solid track record in leading news organizations and delivering sustained growth,” said Silberwasser.  “Building on the record performance of our news properties last year and, as we continue to invest in news and information to serve our audience during the upcoming political cycle, Luis Carlos will be charged with growing the business by infusing innovative thinking and best practices, while working closely with our stations and NBC News.”

Prior to his time at Caracol Television, Vélez was an anchor and reporter for CNN International based in New York and an anchor for CNN en Español.