City Councilman Antonio Villaraigosa is interviewed by reporter Mirthala Salinas of Telemundo at Factorâ€™s Famous Deli on May 19, 2005 in Los Angeles
Newscaster Mirthala Salinas, who was suspended without pay for two months in August after her affair with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa became public, is scheduled to return to work next Monday. But she won’t be taking up her old job as a fill-in anchor on the 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts for Telemundo KVEA Channel 52, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Instead, Salinas will be sent to the station’s Inland Empire bureau in Riverside as a reporter, sources said, a notable fall for a one-time rising star who has become one of the most recognizable faces in local Spanish-language news.
Which is what a reputable and ethical news organization would have done many months ago – transfer her to a venue where there would be NO conflict of interest.
Mirthala’s contract expires with NBC Telemundo in December and there have been rumors that she may resign and not report to the Inland Empire assignment.
There have also been rumors that her contract will not be renewed in any case.
It is reasonable to believe that Mirthala will stay home and play first lady of Los Angeles – after the Mayor’s nasty divorce is over in a few months.
Villaraigosa and Salinas wait out a pause in filming on the north steps of the state Capitol. Salinas is now a news anchor on Telemundo 52, June 19, 2006 (now on leave).
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