I haven’t been able to get a consistent answer on what happened to Minerva Perez at KTRK. However, I did receive this press release from LULAC. I’m not quite sure if KTRK is addressing this issue publicly. But here’s the release and I wish Minerva the best!
We need Minerva Perez back in the mornings on ABC 13!
Dear LULAC Members & Community Groups:
I spoke to the General Manager Henry Florsheim asking him to reconsider his actions. LULAC will be sending a formal follow up letter requesting that he allow Minerva Perez to continue anchoring the morning show. If the ratings have dropped, he needs to change the management, not the workers.
His ratings have dropped over the last year and they are planning on brining in another lady to replace Minerva, but they have not changed out the morning news director who is in charge of the content. It is our understanding that they are replacing not replacing her with another Latina. The problems with ABC13 are they have not changed the set, it is still very dark and gloomy, and they continue to cover stories that are not relevant to the local community. The comparison is simple. Pushing Minerva Perez to leave due to ‘ratings’ and only giving her the option of doing the 11 am news is forcing her out. Removing Minerva is like firing the employee when the management is terrible.
KTRK should change out news and production management and create a new product for their ratings. ABC 13 stands by their employees, at least their Anglo employees, i.e. Ed Brandon 35 years, Dave Ward and Marvin Zindler…but they blame Minerva Perez (15 years) for the bad ratings? She is just a scapegoat for something else. Our Community needs to speak up and call and ask for Minerva Perez back in the mornings!!!
ABC 13 serves our community. The only long standing Latina Anchor in Houston is Minerva Perez. We cannot let her get moved out. I asked the General Manager to reconsider, as of now, he will not bring her back! I need as many people and community groups to call him and ask him to bring back Minerva Perez in the Mornings…tell him to change out the news and production management instead of her…WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO HAVE HER AS A IMAGE OF A SUCCESSFUL LATINA ANCHOR IN OUR COMMUNITY. THE WORK OF MINERVA PEREZ IN OUR COMMUNITY HAS IMPACTED GENERATIONS AND CANNOT BE IGNORED!
CALL HENRY FLORSHEIM AND TELL HIM TO BRING MINERVA PEREZ BACK IN THE MORNINGS…TELL HIM THAT HE NEEDS TO IMPROVE THE CONTENT AND THE SET…MINERVA IS NOT THE PROBLEM!!!
Jose Luis Jimenez
LULAC District VIII – Houston
5207 Airline Drive, Suite 102
Houston, Texas 77027