11:30 am May. 11, 2012
The Daily News has shut down its weekly Spanish-language publication, Hora Hispana, just a little over a year after relaunching it, Capital has learned.
Maite Junco, a longtime News journalist who oversaw Hora Hispana and edited the paper's monthly "Viva" section (as well as running the Latino vertical of nydailynews.com) has been let go, as have Hora Hispana editor Rodolfo Quebleen and sales rep Jose Santiago.
The News will continue to publish "Viva," a spokesman for the paper confirmed, but it is unclear who will produce it from now on.
As for Hora Hispana, "It was discontinued because there wasn't enough advertising to support it," said the spokesman. "But the Daily News remains committed to covering issues that are important to the Hispanic community."
“It’s hard to be surprised after what we have seen in journalism in the last few years," said Junco, who was packing up her desk when reached by Capital for comment.
"It’s been a great run and, at least today, I feel at peace," she said. "I have few regrets in 15 years here. And I only hope the themes we have championed here, stories about the diverse city we live in, continue to be told.”
These changes are the latest in what appears to be a slow but steady house-cleaning under editor-in-chief Colin Myler, the ex-News Corp. lieutenant who's now in his fifth month on the job, after the phone-hacking scandal in the U.K. killed the last paper he edited, News of the World. (That affair has been keeping him in the headlines for other things besides his editorship of the News.)
There have already been a handful of departures at the News, both voluntary and via pink slip, so far this year. But the paper is investing, too: as we reported earlier this week, it's gearing up to launch a U.S. website, Daily News America, with the goal of ensnaring more readers outside of New York while opening up new national advertising possibilities.
And editorially, the News has been getting feistier under Myler, who has been seen as a more able general that his predecessor, Kevin Convey, in the war against the New York Post.
"He’s already injected more punch into the paper," wrote New York magazine's Steve Fishman in his profile of Myler last month. "And he’s let the staff know that he is indeed highly motivated."