Photo: Emilio Romano
Telemundo parent NBCUniversal has announced that Telemundo Media President Emilio Romano has departed after two years on the job.
Romano, a former executive at Televisa, became president of Telemundo in October, 2011. He oversaw Telemundo’s 15 owned TV stations, digital operations, and mun2 cable network. In addition he oversaw the award-winning News and Sports dvisions. Under Romano’s leadership Telemundo secured the Spanish-language rights to FIFA’s World Cup starting after the 2014 games.
Joe Uva, head of Hispanic enterprises and content for NBC, said “I want to personally thank Emilio for his contributions to Telemundo Media. His focus on positioning Telemundo to take share from Univision, and mun2 to better resonate with the rapidly growing millennial population has established a foundation for growth.”
The 48-year-old native of Mexico City was the CEO of Mexicana from 2004 to 2007 and in the 1990’s served on the board of directors of Univision.
NBC has not announced a replacement and Romano has not said what his next professional move will be. Reportedly Romano and Uva had a difference of opinion on the direction of content. Romano was a proponent of Spanish-language only content while Uva had a preference for bilingual content for the company.