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Spanish TV journalists paid less

Contract negotiations between newsroom employees and management at Univision KDTV Channel 14 are intensifying, the Chronicle reports today in a story that looks at wages in Hispanic broadcast media.

The story said that while Channel 14 has more viewers in the 25-54 demo at 6 p.m. than every Bay Area station except KGO Channel 7, KDTV reporters and producers earn roughly one-fourth less in base pay than their competitors at English-language stations. Ratings haven’t translated into ad dollars for Spanish stations, however.

“While major market TV journalists aren’t holding up will-report-for-food signs, base pay for many Spanish-language TV journalists (about $70,000) can be around one-fourth less than their English-language counterparts in town,” the Chronicle reports.

Seen here is Channel 14 anchor Maria Leticia Gomez in a 2007 Chronicle photo by Liz Hafalia.

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