Two leading television industry publications, Broadcasting & Cable and Multichannel News have announced that Jose Diaz Balart will be the 2012 recipient of their time-honored and distinguished award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television. This recognition will be presented to the acclaimed nightly news anchor of Noticiero Telemundo and Telemundo’s Sunday morning program, Enfoque, during the Awards Luncheon at the Tenth Annual Hispanic Television Summit, to be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square of New York City on Wednesday, October 3, 2012.

Louis Hillelson, the Group Publisher for the two publications said “Mr. Diaz Balart is being recognized for his extraordinary commitment to communicate news to both English and Spanish speakers and, especially for his ability to focus on news of importance to all Latino television viewers.”

Hillelson continued, “In this presidential election season, it is important to recognize the achievements of someone who is reporting about the voice of the Latino voter. Jose Diaz Balart has proven he is deserving of this recognition. He has even performed double duty as anchor of a live midday English language news program on the MSNBC network, while also providing the evening news, live, to Spanish-speaking audiences on the Telemundo network. That is a truly outstanding accomplishment.”

The award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television is historically presented at the Hispanic Television Summit. The award acknowledges a single individual who has demonstrated his or her ability to support the growth and development of the Hispanic television industry.

Previous recipients of the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Hispanic Television include TV legend Don Francisco; sportscaster Andres Cantor; talk show hostess Cristina Saralegui; news anchor Jorge Ramos; P&G advertising executive Edgar Sandoval; news anchor, Maria Celeste Arraras; boxing champion Oscar De La Hoya and media executive, Monica Gadsby.

Jose Diaz Balart said, “After nearly 30 years working as a journalist, this recognition constitutes a profound honor. I have long believed that unless people are aware of their rights, they cannot exercise them. What we in Spanish language television do, while connecting viewers to their past, is to open the doors to their futures by informing them of their rights and responsibilities today.”

The Hispanic Television Summit has been presented annually since 2003.
It has become a “must attend” event for those in the business of television and digital video targeted to the US Hispanic and Latin American viewing audience. It attracts about 500 attendees from across the country, Latin America and Spain.

The Summit is being produced for the tenth time by the Schramm Marketing Group, a NY-based marketing services company which includes Hispanic marketing among its specialties.

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