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Thursday, July 14, 2016
José Díaz-Balart Named Anchor of Saturday Edition of "NBC Nightly News"
Former HOLA Awards honoree José Díaz-Balart, the veteran Telemundo and MSNBC anchor, will take the reins of the Saturday-evening edition of "NBC Nightly News", NBC News said on Wednesday, July 13, 2016.
Díaz-Balart will continue to anchor his Telemundo programs, “Noticiero Telemundo” on weeknights and “Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart” on Sunday mornings, but will cede his anchoring duties on MSNBC to NBC News correspondent Craig Melvin. He will start his new duties officially on Saturday, August 6, 2016, ending NBC’s use of a rotation of hosts since Lester Holt moved from anchoring “Nightly” on weekends to the weekday editions. Díaz-Balart has been a member of that group, which has also included Kristen Welker and Thomas Roberts.
The new role will essentially mean that Díaz-Balart will host top news programs on two different broadcast networks – and use two different languages. He will also be on the job seven days a week, anchoring from both Miami and New York City, depending on the program.
Diaz-Balart is expected to have a hand in some MSNBC efforts during the presidential election season. His achievements include being the only journalist to serve as news anchor on two national television networks in Spanish and English on the same day for an entire season.