Univision Lures CNN LatAm Vet Janiot For ‘Nocturna’ Role

A Colombian journalist who is also a beauty queen and former model has just been selected to become the latest late-night estrella on U.S. television.

Starting in January 2018, Patricia Jadiot will co-anchor Univision’s late-night network newscast, Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna, alongside Enrique Acevedo.

She will also serve as co-anchor for the weekly prime-time newsmagazine Aquí y Ahora with Ilia Calderón and Teresa Rodríguez, as well as launch a new Latin America-focused news program on all Univision News digital platforms.

Additionally, Janiot will develop content for special programs.

Janiot’s appointment comes following the naming of Calderón as the heir apparent to the retiring Maria Elena Salinas.

Calderón in mid-December will become the co-anchor on the 6:30pm weeknight Noticiero Univision, sharing duties with Jorge Ramos.

For more than a quarter-century, Janiot has been a news presenter on CNN en Español, and considered the face of the network by many across Latin America.

She began her career as a co-anchor for the prime-time newscast Noticiero Telemundo-CNN on Telemundo, and then moved on to CNN in 1992 following the dissolution of the partnership between the NBCUniversal-owned network and Turner Networks. Janiot in 1997 CNN en Español’s senior anchor, and has been in the role for 20 years.

“The addition of Patricia Janiot to our outstanding team of celebrated journalists is one more feather in the cap for Univision News, and we’re thrilled to have her on board,” stated Univision News President Daniel Coronell. “Patricia’s stature and recognition in the international news media industry are indisputable, as is her unwavering commitment to journalistic excellence. Now with Univision as her forum, via broadcast television and all our digital platforms, she’ll have new audiences to reach and many opportunities to build on her passion for informing and empowering her viewers. Patricia’s appointment is clearly a win-win for both Univision News and Hispanic America.”

Janiot commented, “Although leaving CNN was a difficult decision, I felt it was time to take on new challenges and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to do so at Univision. I look forward to joining Enrique Acevedo on ‘Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna’ every weeknight, working with Teresa Rodríguez and Ilia Calderón on ‘Aquí y Ahora,’ and developing new multiplatform projects with the Univision News team. After almost 26 years, life has pleasantly surprised me by bringing me back to the company where I first launched my broadcast journalism career in the United States. I’m very excited about this new phase in my professional life.”

Janiot is a Bucaramanga, Colombia, native and started her career in radio — at Caracol Radio.