Univision Tests WhatsApp For Emergencies

The WhatsApp mobile app may be relatively peripheral to U.S. users, but in Latin America it’s essential. That’s why Univision is using it as a tool to send out brief but constant bulletins to Caribbean users being battered in this brutal hurricane season. 

Univision Adds Justice Network In 11 Markets

The partnership will boost the diginet’s distribution coverage to more than 80 affiliates covering over 73% of U.S. households.

Telemundo Closes Gap With Univision

Telemundo is celebrating a strong summer performance in primetime that has allowed the Spanish-language network to pull ahead of the long-dominant Univision in the adults 18-34 demographic for the first time.

DIGINETS

Univision Renews Distribution Deal With Katz

The new agreement extends carriage of the Bounce, Escape, Grit and Laff multicast networks through 2024. In addition, Univision will add Bounce in Washington on Sept. 30.

Univision: Lawsuit Intended To Scare Journos

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Gizmodo Media Group, a division of Univision Communications, has sought to quickly defeat a defamation lawsuit brought over an article published on the sports website Deadspin, saying the complaint is intended to intimidate journalists. WSJ subscribers can read the full story here.

Falco Blasts Failure To Denounce Neo-Nazis

Randy Falco, CEO of Univision Communications, is the latest corporate leader to call for a forceful condemnation of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Va. Falco sent a memo to staffers at the Spanish-language media giant pledging to speak out against attacks on immigrants, the LGBT community, the media and those who “espouse racist and hateful views.”

Univision Loses Free Speech Argument

A judge rules that a biopic about the late singer Jenni Rivera wasn’t “routine investigative reporting,” and so, the Spanish network must face a lawsuit for interfering with a non-disclosure agreement.

Univision Anchor María Elena Salinas Leaving

QUARTERLY REPORT

Univision’s 2Q Revenue Dips 4%

Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications, which has reportedly been wooed by media magnate John Malone as it mulls an IPO, has reported a 4% dip in second quarter 2017 revenue of $764.9 million compared to $800.3 million in the same time frame last year. Its net income or profit for the second quarter ending June 30 rose 5% to $106 million compared to $74.7 million for the same period in 2016.

Everyone Wants To Be On TV, Even Gawker

Tonia O’Connor, Univision’s newly appointed CRO, says some of the former Gawker verticals, now called Gizmodo Media, will get shows on Fusion TV. “What we’re really focused on is the magic that can happen when you take digital audiences and convert them to television,” she says. Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media are pushing into TV. And even audio startup Gimlet is adapting some of its shows for the small screen.

Univision’s Ad Chief Revamps Executive Team

More changes afoot today in Univision Communications’ ad sales operation following last week’s appointment of Steve Mandala as president of advertising sales and marketing.

Buying Univision May Be Bueno For Malone

Aggressive investor John Malone could be looking to supercharge efforts by his companies to provide Spanish-language content to an underserved domestic market that is 60 million strong and growing.

 

Dish Sues Univision Over Soccer Streaming

Now we know why Dish has taken Univision to court. It all relates to the Spanish-language programmer’s announcement in February to stream all 46 matches of the Liga MX season via Facebook Live, including the playoffs. Dish filed its lawsuit against Univision earlier this month under seal, but a heavily redacted version of the complaint obtained by Cablefax shows that Dish believes its affiliate agreement with Univision expressly prohibits the programmer from “allowing linear services to be distributed for free via the Internet or a wireless cellular provider.”

Univision, College Set Digital Internship Program

Univision Communications today announced the launch of the 2017 internship program with Miami Dade College’s Miami Animation & Gaming International Complex (MAGIC), the region’s premier animation and gaming educational facility. MAGIC’s top animators will be working with Univision Digital this summer and fall. The program allows students to work with multimedia editors and producers in news, […]

Univision’s Turner To Retire At Year’s End

Keith Turner, Univision’s outgoing president of advertising sales & marketing, spent 40 years in media, including stops at CBS, NBC and the NFL. The Spanish-language broadcaster promises news on “leadership transition plans” within weeks.

 

DMA 4

Univision Buys WMGM Philadelphia For $6M

Seller LocusPoint bought the fringe (Wildwood, N.J.) independent for $6 million in hopes of selling it in the incentive auction. That didn’t happen so now it’s selling the station for the same price to the Spanish-language network.

Univision Set To Fight Defamation Suit

Univision Communications Inc. said it will fight a new defamation lawsuit over a Deadspin story the company acquired last year when it purchased Gawker Media’s blogs in a bankruptcy auction. The plaintiff in the suit, Las Vegas oddsmaker RJ Bell, is being represented by Charles Harder, the same lawyer that successfully sued Gawker on behalf of Hulk Hogan and forced it into bankruptcy. Subscription required to read story.

DMA 3

WGBO Chicago Scores A 10 P.M. News Victory

Univision’s Urgent Sense Of Purpose

The Spanish-language network is a striking example of a news organization that is meeting the needs of a frightened and information-famished audience.

Univision Expands Midday Local Newscasts

Both on-air and streaming, newscasts will also include collaboration with Univision radio stations.

9. UNIVISION COMMUNICATIONS, New York

2016 Spot Revenue: $810.0 million Stations: 59 in 25 markets Coverage: 44.1% Ownership: Univision Holdings Inc., an investor group including Madison Dearborn Partners, Providence Equity Partners, TPG Capital, Thomas H. Lee Partners and Saban Capital Group. Key Executives: Randy Falco, president-CEO, Univision Communications; Isaac Lee, chief content officer, Univision and Televisa; Tonia O’Connor, chief commercial […]

Univision Joins Sinclair-Nexstar 3.0 Group

With the addition of the Spanish-language broadcaster, the new group will reach approximately 90% of the U.S. with its effort to promote innovation and develop and explore products and services associated with ATSC 3.0 and their monetization opportunities.

Univision Selects Videology For Ad Portfolio

Univision Communications has partnered with Videology, a software provider for converged TV and video advertising, to provide Univision with cross-screen planning, forecasting and measurement capabilities. The companies said the collaboration aims to leverage opportunities in audience-based selling and the ability to deliver data-driven solutions for clients seeking to connect to Hispanic consumers. “Univision is always […]

Jerry Perenchio, Mogul Behind Univision, Dies

A. Jerrold “Jerry” Perenchio, who amassed a fortune by building a powerhouse TV production company and later the Spanish-language network Univision, and was among California’s most prolific philanthropists and political donors, has died. He was 86.

UPFRONTS 2017

Univision Touts Multicultural ‘Mainstream’

Univision executives gave a big plug to the multicultural programming on cable net Fusion and the efforts to diversify the range of programming on the mothership broadcast networks during its upfront presentation in New York today. “What marketers thought of as multicultural media is fast becoming mainstream,” Steve Mandala, Univision’s EVP of ad sales, told the crowd of media buyers gathered at the Lyric Theater.

Univision Launches National Weather Hub

Univision launched its national weather hub today, aimed at delivering weather forecasts to the company’s TV and radio stations, along with digital properties and national network. Based out of Univision’s Houston facility, which also houses affiliate KXLN, the weather hub boasts 3,000 square feet of space on the third floor with approximately seven employees.

Univision Plans Hyper-Local Digital Newscasts

Univision is launching five hyper-local versions of its digital newscast, Edición Digital, in California, New York, Dallas, Miami and Houston.

Univision Names Stephen McGowan Research SVP

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) on Wednesday appointed Stephen J. McGowan senior vice president, corporate research, effective immediately. McGowan, who most recently was VP, research at the Public Broadcasting Service, will be based at UCI’s corporate headquarters in New York and will report to Jed Meyer, EVP of Corporate Research. In this role, McGowan will help […]

PLAYOUT

Details Surface On 3.0 Audio Watermark Test

The Pearl TV business alliance of eight major broadcast groups; Fox; NBC’s WVIT Hartford, Conn.; Univision; and Verance are working together on a test of the software company’s audio watermark as part of their existing ATSC 1.0 transmissions. The 3.0 audio watermark is compatible and in 3.0, it will enable “the foundational data protocol that triggers … interactivity, personalization and even advanced emergency alerting” on ATSC 3.0 receivers, the parties say.

Falco On Univision’s Future, Telenovelas’ Fate

Univision CEO Randy Falco reveals his plans to reverse his network’s ratings slide how the Spanish-language broadcaster is moving forward in its coverage of the president (“without fear or favor”).

Anchor: GOP Congress Shunning Univision

After a year of feuding with Donald Trump, Univision is finding that Republicans are unwilling to appear on the network, according to Enrique Acevedo, the anchor spearheading Univision’s coverage of the Trump administration.

Univision’s ‘El Chapo’ Series Premiere Date Set

No Univision-Charter Blackout Through June

Charter Communications and Univision are pushing pause on any potential station blackouts until a judge rules on motions for summary judgment in the ongoing retrans lawsuit between the cable provider and the network.

Telemundo’s American Strategy Gains Viewers

The biggest shows on Telemundo this season don’t look anything like the soap operas that have long dominated Spanish-language TV. Its new crop of dramas are designed with American Hispanics in mind, and they have made Telemundo a top performer in NBCUniversal’s portfolio of channels, which includes MSNBC and USA. While the audience for rival Univision has declined sharply in the last three years, Telemundo’s has been growing

Maria Elena Salinas To Join NAB Hall Of Fame

Journalist and co-anchor of Noticiero Univsion María Elena Salinas will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2017 NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 24, in Las Vegas. Salinas began her journalism career in 1981 as a reporter, anchor and public affairs host at Univision’s KMEX Los Angeles. Her daily […]

Univision Starts New E-Sports Site

Univision’s Fusion Media Group introduced a website dedicated to covering e-sports, its first new media property since buying bankrupt Gawker Media last year. Editors of the sports website Deadspin and gaming-themed Kotaku will run the new publication, called Compete, starting with two fulltime writers who will cover the news and culture of competitive video gaming. Gillette, the razor maker owned by Procter & Gamble, will be the sole advertiser for the first six months.

Michelle Galván Joins Univision’s ‘Primer Impacto’

Univision’s newsmagazine Primer Impacto (First Impact) welcomes a new co-host: Michelle Galván will join Pamela Silva Conde at the anchor desk beginning Monday, March 13. Primer Impacto airs Monday through Friday at 5 p.m. ET/PT, 4:00 p.m. CT on Univision Network. Galván comes to Primer Impacto from Univision’s KXLN Houston where she anchored the 5 […]

Univision Gets $376 Million From Auction

It’s the latest broadcaster to make public its take from the sale of spectrum to wireless providers. This sale brings the total money received that’s been reported so far to $1.6 billion out of a $10 billion total.

‘Pequeños Gigantes USA’ Starts Strong On Univision

Univision Deportes To Air Soccer In English Via Facebook Live

Univision will bring the live stream for select matches from Univision Deportes’ portfolio of Mexican soccer league Liga MX to English-language fans via Facebook Live this season. Kicking off Saturday, Feb. 18, and continuing throughout 2017, fans can stream Liga MX matches in the U.S., in real-time on the Univision Deportes Facebook Page and via Facebook’s Video […]