Popular Spanish-language journalist Maria Elvira Salazar off the air in Miami


dshoer@El NuevoHerald.com

Popular Spanish-language television journalist Maria Elvira Salazar, who launched a new show on GenTV Channel 8 in Miami in October, is officially off the air.

The nightly news debate show, Maria Elvira, stopped airing at its 8 p.m. time slot in late December, but it was unclear why.

On Wednesday, Luis Calle, vice president of Operations, News and Sports for Caracol Television, one of the owners of GenTV, confirmed to El Nuevo Herald the show will not return.

“We ended our relationship with Maria Elvira," Calle said. “We wish the best that one can to a person that has the professional and humanitarian values that Salazar possesses.”

Salazar, one of the most recognizable faces in Hispanic television in Miami, is apparently a victim of a confusing contractual triangle, involving two local television stations and MundoFox Broadcasting, a new national Spanish-language network.

On her Facebook page, Salazar said: “This has taken the channel’s South Florida audience, and those who work for it, by surprise. I feel bad that many of you will feel tricked by Canal 8 for changing its programming without notice.”

Salazar had previously hosted a show on MegaTV since 2006, but it ended on 2011.

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