León Krauze, one of the most prominent presenters of Univisionof the news division, left the network in the wake of a controversial interview with former President Donald Trump that took place last week and has sparked concern among the company’s journalists that the Spanish-language media giant is no longer challenging Republican politicians.
Krauze, who spent a significant portion of his career hosting Univision’s nightly news program KMEX, became co-anchor of the company’s national nightly news program “Noticiero Univision Edition Nocturna” in January 2022.
Democrats were alarmed by the interview, which was not as confrontational as exchanges the news division has had with Republican politicians in the past. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Jared Kushner, Donald Trump’s son-in-law, helped organize the event. The Latino vote is highly desired by both parties and is seen in some quarters as being at stake in the 2024 election, and parts of the Spanish-speaking American population have been supportive of Trump and the Republicans in recent elections.
Grupo Televisa, the Mexican media company that merged with Univision in 2021, has been known for cultivating relationships with political leaders in Mexico.
“TelevisaUnivision expresses our sincere gratitude for the outstanding contributions, expertise and insightful analysis delivered by Leon Krause during his tenure in our news division,” the company said in a statement, without giving further details about the reasons for his departure. “We sincerely appreciate your efforts dedicated to empowering and informing Hispanic communities both nationally and locally for more than a decade. We extend our best wishes to León in all his future professional projects.”
Krauze could not immediately comment on the matter.
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