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Fox News On The Hunt For Hispanic Audience

In an interview with The New Republic, Fox News CEO Roger Ailes talks about the network’s effort to grow its Hispanic viewership.

“The fact is, we have a lot—Republicans have a lot more opportunity for them,” Ailes says. “If I’m going to risk my life to run over the fence to get into America, I want to win. I think Fox News will articulate that.”

A number of Fox News hosts, most notably Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly, have tempered or changed their views on immigration in recent months, and Fox News Latino, the company’s Latino-targeting English-language website, continues to grow. Ailes says that they may add a 24-hour video stream to Fox News Latino.

“The contributions being made by Latinos are extraordinary, and we need to talk about them,” Ailes says. The Fox News Latino stylebook uses “undocumented immigrant,” and the site downplays immigration stories compared with some of its rivals. “Fox News Latino has a mission to point out the positives of the Latino population, operating within the framework of making America great,” Ailes says.

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ABC/Univision Channel Adds CFO, Eyes September Launch

The new cable news channel from ABC News and Univision is eyeing a September launch, according to Media Moves. In addition, the network now has a CFO in Tom Finn. Finn joins the JV from ESPN Star Sports, where he was CFO. Before that he was a VP of finance for the Walt Disney Company.

As Media Moves notes, the still-unnamed network doesn’t yet have a CEO, though it sounds as though it will announce one soon.

ABC will handle distribution and commercialization and Univision will be mostly in charge of the content, with both networks pitching in their international and domestic news bureaus talent and resources.

The network has already staffed up online, and has begun hiring TV staffers as well.

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CNN To Sell Spanish-Language Programming To Broadcasters

CNN is planning to sell an eight-hour block of Spanish-language programming to local TV stations, the Los Angeles TimesMeg James reports. The service, which is called CNN Latino, will not only feature news, but also talk shows, entertainment and lifestyle programming. The first client is KBEH Los Angeles, which will begin airing the programming in January.

“We are trying to appeal to bilingual Latinos in the U.S., those who feel 100% American and 100% Latino,” said Cynthia Hudson-Fernández, general manager of CNN en Español and Hispanic strategy for CNN. “This is an alternative to existing networks. We feel that there is a huge opportunity for this type of programming.”

In so doing, CNN is trying to beat ABC News and Univision to the punch.

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Univision-ABC News Joint Venture Announces Home Base, Adds First Executive

As expected, Univision and ABC News officially announced Wednesday that their soon-to-be-launched cable news channel will be based in Miami.

In a joint statement, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said the venture will be an “integral part of the Miami-Dade community” and Univision president Cesar Conde said it will “attract television’s brightest talent to South Florida.”

The network also gets its first executive today. Miguel Ferrer begins October 30 as executive producer of digital properties. He comes from the Huffington Post, where he was managing editor of the Black Voices, Latino Voices and Voces sites. Announcements on the president and CEO of the network are expected later this year.

The channel is slated for a 2013 launch. The two networks are narrowing down name options for the joint venture, as TVNewser reported exclusively yesterday.

ABC/Univision Cable News Channel Closing In On New Name

Exclusive: The new cable news channel from ABC News and Univision is closing in on its new name, someone familiar with the process tells TVNewser.

Currently there are a number of names under discussion, including “Accent,” “VZTA,” “UNA” and “U&A.” UNA and U&A are a play on the names of the two parent companies, while Accent and VZTA (pronounced like “vista”) are brand names that the joint venture could “own.” The goal is to have a name chosen by November, we are told, even though the channel itself won’t launch until 2013. The JV already launched online last month.

A check of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office filings shows that the prospective names above were all filed September 21st by “Univision ABC News Network, LLC.” The filings are 1B, which indicates intent to use. Those four names are the only ones filed at the USPTO by the joint venture, though we hear other names are also being considered.

Univision Communications also filed applications for the names “Uni Mas,” “Uni Dos” and “Uni 2″ on the same day, though it isn’t clear if those are applicable to the new venture.

Rick Sanchez Returns… On Fox News Latino

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez–who was let go from the network in October 2010 following comments he made on a radio program–is getting back into the cable news fold.

TVNewser hears that Sanchez will make his debut as a columnist on Fox News Latino Wednesday morning. Sanchez has a short term gig with the site, in which he is expected to provide insights into the Latino community. Fox News Latino coincidentally also launched in October 2010, the same month Sanchez was fired from CNN.

Sanchez hasn’t left the media business. He has remained active on social media, and has had stints on a handful of radio stations in Florida and California. Last year he shopped around a talk show, which would tape in both English and Spanish.

After the jump, in a Media Beat interview, Sanchez talks with us about his rise from local news to network news, first at MSNBC, then CNN.

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Details On Univision/ABC News Channel Leak As Deal Becomes Official

Today ABC News and Univision formally “sealed the deal” so to speak, having completed the agreement to form a joint venture cable news channel. The companies have been hammering out the details since May, when the tentative agreement was announced.

Not coincidentally, a number of details about the upcoming cable news channel have leaked as part of an application granting it $10.5 million in incentives from Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. The incentives are meant to ensure that the channel will be based out of Miami. The application in question indicates that if the incentives were not approved, the company would consider basing its operations out of New York, Los Angeles or Houston.

The new company (identified as “Confidential Project ‘Vision’” in official documents obtained by TVNewser) says it will add 346 jobs in the county, with an average salary of over $81,000 a year. That is in addition to the 137 people currently employed by one of the parent companies there. The expected capital investment cost for the company is expected to be $275 million. As we have previously reported, the channel will launch online this year, and on TV next year.

The application does not mention Univision or ABC by name, but the description of the companies leaves little to the imagination. South Florida Business Journal‘s Brian Bandell has details:
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Spanish-Language Talk Show Icon Cristina Saralegui Gets Political, Endorses Obama In Campaign Ad

One of the most famous faces ever to appear on Spanish-language TV is getting political. Journalist Cristina Saralegui, who for 21 years hosted “El Show de Cristina” on Univision, is endorsing President Obama in a new campaign commercial.


Her Univision show ended in 2010, and she subsequently signed on to host a weekly program on competitor Telemundo. Last month, Saralegui announced that her Telemundo program would not be returning for another season.

The Cuban-born Saralegui began her career as a journalist, though her Univision talk show was so succesful it drew comparisons between her and Oprah Winfrey. She has historically left her personal politics at the door during her career, though without a regular show, she may feel she has more flexibility than she once did.

The Miami Herald has more on the significance of the endorsement:
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Coming Soon: A New Spanish-Language Evening Newscast From Fox

2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Hispanic news outlets, with Univision and ABC News preparing to launch a new English-language cable news channel, and  Telemundo and Univision preparing to cover the 2012 election.

This Summer, however, there will be a new player in the fast-growing field, as News Corp. launches its Spanish-language broadcast channel, MundoFox.

News will be a significant part of the new channel, according to Jorge Mettey, the senior VP of news at MundoFox.

“We have a lot of expectations; we strongly believe that we have a different approach and the right people, the vision and the ability to communicate at a different level,” Mettey tells TVNewser.

The basics: the network will launch with a single news show, an evening news program anchored by Rolando Nichols of KWHY Los Angeles, a MundoFox affiliate. There will be two live half-hours produced every weekday, one for the east coast and a second, customized version for the west coast.

So far, MundoFox has secured affiliates in 40 markets, including L.A., Miami, Dallas, San Francisco and Chicago, and is expected to have deals in New York and Houston shortly, rounding out the top 10 markets. In total, the network will reach around 70% of Hispanic households at launch.

Noticias MundoFox will hire “40-something” staffers over the next couple of months, in anticipation of an August 13th launch. The “lean and mean” newsroom will be based in Los Angeles, with a bureau in Washington D.C., Mettey says. Because Colombian broadcaster RCN is a partner in the venture, Noticias MundoFox will have access to its reporters and foreign bureaus. Local affiliates will also produce content that may be used in the national newscast. MundoFox will not have any association with Fox News Channel, which provides news to the FOX broadcasting network (i.e. “Fox News Sunday”).

The target audience for the newscast will sound familiar to anyone on the conference call with ABC News and Univision when the two entities announced their joint venture, though MundoFox will have a head-start, along with a key differentiator: the language.

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Spanish Language TV Host Arrested for Allegedly Stealing Neighbor’s Patio Furniture

Frank Cairo, an award-winning Spanish language TV host, was arrested in Miami yesterday for allegedly stealing his neighbors’ patio furniture.

Two men were caught on a surveillance camera stealing several pieces of outdoor furniture from a screened-in patio in Doral, FL, on April 29. The owners of the residence were able to identify Cairo from the video. Cairo, whose real name is Ivan Valdes, now claims “there is a story” behind the video, despite the fact that he left a note on the neighbors’ door saying he had the furniture after he was identified (he claims he thought the house was abandoned, according to Miami’s WSVN).

Cairo told reporters outside the Doral police station yesterday that he had no need to steal “two chairs from Kmart” because he makes upwards of half a million dollars a year. TVSpy has the video.