January 21, 2014

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ZGS Communications Names Gilberto Companioni News Director of Telemundo Orlando

ORLANDO, FL - ZGS Communications announced today that it has appointed Gilberto Companioni as the News Director of its Telemundo affiliate station in Orlando, effective immediately.  Companioni is an award-winning news executive with over two decades of experience.   Telenoticias Orlando, the station's local newscast, is #1 at both 6pm and 11pm among key demos. Companioni will lead the station's News Division and will also direct Telemundo Orlando's weekend political affairs program,Telenoticias Xtra.

Companioni has held positions with Univision as the Bureau Chief and Reporter for Primer Impacto, as well as HBO Productions where he worked on shows including Real Sports, HBO Countdown and Inside the NFL.  Early in his career, he worked for Telemundo New York and for the Mexican political party PRI, where he directed election campaign videos and spots.  He most recently served as the Executive Producer for Univision Colorado where he produced the 5pm newscast, and anchored and produced Primero y Diez con los Broncos (First and Ten: Broncos), a weekly behind the scenes look at the Denver Broncos.  He is a three-time Emmy award winner who is consistently recognized for his in-depth human interest stories.

"We are delighted to welcome Gilberto to our team.   He has vast experience in all aspects of the news industry and brings tremendous depth and integrity to our team," said Eduardo Zavala, President of Digital, Broadcast and News Operations for ZGS Communications.  "His expertise is going to help enhance our newscast to better serve our viewers and community.  I am confident he will make important contributions to Telemundo Orlando."

"I am really excited to be here in Orlando.  This is a fantastic market and an incredible opportunity to take an already strong newscast to the next level.  We have a great team committed to delivering the stories that resonate most with our community," commented Companioni.

ZGS Communications is a Hispanic-owned multi-media company, headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, that operates 12 Spanish-language television stations, representing the largest group of independent stations affiliated with the Telemundo network.  In addition, ZGS owns three Spanish-language radio stations serving Washington, DC and Tampa, and a Spanish-language web portal holaciudad.com . For three decades, ZGS has been a proud community broadcaster with a profound commitment to news and local programming, community service and advocacy.


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