MSNBC announced Tuesday that Emmy Award-winning journalist and Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart will join the network's weekday lin-up next month.
Díaz-Balart will anchor MSNBC's 10 a.m. hour live from Miami and replaces Chris Jansing, who will become NBC's senior White House correspondent. Díaz-Balart will continue to co-anchor Telemundo's "Noticiero Telemundo" and host "Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart."
MSNBC President Phil Griffin said Tuesday the deal has been in the works for some nine months. Griffin says he's wanted to snag Diaz-Balart for years but had to find a time slot that wouldn't conflict with the nightly news on Telemundo, which is also a division of NBC Universal.
The announcement comes just weeks after the National Hispanic Media Coalition and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists called on MSNBC for an apology following a stereotypical segment that aired on the network on Cinco de Mayo. "MSNBC has made a good first step towards Latino inclusion," said Alex Nogales, NHMC president and CEO.
Diaz-Balart is the brother of U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and former Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart. His aunt was the first wife of Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Herald Wire Services