Time's Up: Isaac Lee Out At Univision

NewsBusters | 7/17/2018 | Staff
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The architect has fallen.

The shakeup at Univision continues apace, and Chief Content Officer Isaac Lee becomes the most recent high-level departure at the beleaguered media giant.

Per - Univision - Statement

Per Univision’s corporate statement:

Today concludes Lee’s seven and a half year term with Univision, where he led Univision News, Univision Digital and finally all content including The Root, The Onion and Gizmodo Media before taking the joint role as Chief Content Officer of UCI and Televisa in January 2017. During his tenure, Univision News won more than 100 prestigious awards for its outstanding journalism, including several EMMY’s, Premio de Periodismo Rey de España, IRE, Cronkite, Alfred I. Dupont-Columbia, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow Award amongst others. Daniel Coronell, a formidable journalist and TV producer, will continue as President of News.

Lee - Watch - Univision - News - Operation

On Lee’s watch, Univision’s news operation would increasingly turn to an activism-based model of reporting where immigration reigned supreme, and took it upon itself to enforce the notion that a belief in immigration policy was somehow a central tenet of the Hispanic ethnopolitical identity. I submit Jorge Ramos’ contemptuous opinion column cheering Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio’s defeat in the 2016 presidential primary as an example of the sort of openly partisan behavior that Lee indulged at Univision, which culminated in a massive loss of credibility after the 2016 presidential election.

Lee would eventually sow the seeds of his doom with the founding of Fusion (a joint venture between Univision and ABC-Disney until disney got tired of bleeding money), which was intended to keep English-dominant Hispanic eyeballs. But neither the network nor its companion website caught any significant traction- which led to a string of repackagings and repurposings that continues to this day.

US - Hispanic - Growth - Immigration - Births

When it became clear that U.S. Hispanic growth was not going to come from immigration but from births and that Fusion was doomed to be a...
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