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Univision to Launch Weekly Health Show

cita con tu saludUnivision has announced the launch of a new weekly health show set to debut tomorrow. “Cita con tu Salud” will be hosted by Enrique Acevedo and Pamela Silva Conde, with Univision chief medical correspondent Dr. Juan Rivera.

Univision says the show, which will air at 4:30pmET Sundays, will focus on a wide variety of medical issues and “place special emphasis on the Affordable Care Act.” Production of the show’s first season is supported by The California Endowment, a private health foundation that seeks to increase awareness of the ACA and enroll Latinos into health care.

“As the leading source of news and information for the U.S. Hispanic community, Univision News is excited to launch ‘Cita con tu Salud’ to address the main health concerns of our audiences and provide them with the information they need to better understand the new healthcare law,” Univision News president Isaac Lees said in a statement. “‘Cita con tu Salud’ is one more example of Univision’s commitment to informing and empowering U.S. Hispanics.”

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Pres. Obama Gives Interview to Telemundo

Following some criticism by Spanish-language media for shutting them out last week during a round of interviews, President Obama has granted an interview to Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart. One of the president’s chief critics last week was Diaz-Balart’s competitor, Univision anchor Jorge Ramos who Tweeted:

Parts of the Obama interview will air tomorrow night on “Noticiero Telemundo” with the full interview airing on Telemundo’s Sunday public affairs show, “Enfoque” also hosted by Díaz-Balart. The Telemundo anchor is the brother of Republican Florida congressman Mario Díaz-Balart.

Univision President Cesar Conde Jumps to NBCUniversal

After four years as the President of Univision, Cesar Conde is jumping to NBCUniversal. Conde will join the company as executive vice president, reporting to CEO Steve Burke.

In his new role, Conde will oversee “business development, strategic priorities and special business projects” across the company, according to NBC’s official announcement. Before joining Univision, Conde was a White House fellow for former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

“Cesar is an impressive business executive with both traditional and emerging media expertise,” Burke said in a statement. “His experience leading multiple domestic and international businesses will be instrumental in maximizing all the opportunities to grow our portfolio.”

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Jorge Ramos: Why Wasn’t Univision Granted an Interview with President Obama?

President Obama makes his case for military intervention in Syria today with interviews on six networks: ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN and Fox News. Univision anchor Jorge Ramos took to Twitter to ask why his network wasn’t a part of the media blitz:

A Univision spokesperson told Politico’s Hadas Gold that the network “did everything possible” to get an interview with the President.

Fusion Opens Florida ‘Newsport’

Florida Governor Rick Scott was among the dignitaries at the opening yesterday of the newsroom and studio for Fusion, the ABC News-Univision channel launching in two months. The Newsport, as it’s called, took over a former office and warehouse in Doral, FL, just west of Miami. It will also be the new home for Univision Network News.

TVNewser took a tour of Newsport in May, as construction was in high gear. It includes five control rooms and five studios — including large side-by-side studios: one for Fusion, the other for Univision. Fifteen robotic cameras and 950 miles of cable will transmit multiple programs, on multiple channels, 24 hours a day, if need be. There is more than 1000 Terabytes of online storage — racks, and racks and racks of storage — equivalent to 1,450 years of play time. And, being in the hurricane zone, engineers have installed two 2.25 megawatt generators.

Fusion launches October 28. Unvision’s newscasts will originate from here even sooner. Fusion anchor Derrick Ashong gives a tour:

Univision News Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Investigative Journalism

Univision News has received $500,000 in grant funds from the Ford Foundation to support and expand its documentary and investigative units.

The one-year grant from the Ford Foundation’s Freedom of Expression Unit will go toward producing in-depth reports about issues that affect the Hispanic community, including immigration, civic and political participation and access to higher education. Univision will have “absolute editorial freedom and control over the issues and topics that it plans to cover,” according to the network.

“This grant strengthens our ability to continue providing the fastest growing demographic in the U.S. with the quality news and information that Univision is unwaveringly committed to,” Univision president of news Isaac Lee said in a statement. “The grant allows us to offer Hispanic audiences serious, reliable, in-depth investigative reporting that goes far beyond what is currently being presented in the mainstream media.”

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Grover Anchors The News On Univision

The residents of Sesame Street popped in to Univision’s morning news program “Despierta America.”

As is often the case on serious news programs, the hosts pretended like they were real people, and not puppets.

It was Grover, however, who got to do something special. The blue Muppet put on a suit, tie and glasses, channeled his inner Jorge Ramos, and co-anchored alongside Satcha Pretto. He reported on a dog that can ride a scooter.

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Univision’s Jorge Ramos: Immigration Reform’s Most Powerful Booster

Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos is profiled by the Los Angeles TimesMeg James. Ramos, who began his career in his 20s as a young reporter for KMEX Los Angeles, has now become one of the most powerful voices for Latinos on the country.

President George W. Bush gave the first interview of his second term to Ramos, and the anchor successfully pushed to secure interviews with President Obama and Mitt Romney focusing on Latino issues before the last election.

Now, as the Times notes, he is one of the leading voices for immigration reform, one of he biggest issues Latinos face today.

Ramos makes no apologies for his or Univision’s forceful stance.

“Our position is clearly pro-Latino or pro-immigrant,” he said. “We are simply being the voice of those who don’t have a voice….”

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Univision Names Patsy Loris VP of News

Patsy Loris has been promoted to vice president of news at Univision. In addition to overseeing the network’s news division, Loris will be responsible for hiring personnel and developing show concepts for Fusion, Univision and ABC News’ joint cable channel scheduled for launch later this year.

Loris joined Univision News in 1989 and has most recently worked as the network’s senior news director. She is credited with creating and producing “Al Punto,” Univision’s Sunday public affairs show.

“For the last 24 years, Patsy has helped shape the editorial content of the most trusted and influential news programs on Spanish-language television in the U.S.,” Univision SVP and executive director of news Daniel Coronell said in a statement. “She is a distinguished professional and a consummate leader who has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of Univision News, and we are confident that she will continue to make invaluable contributions to Univision in her new role.”

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Univision News President: English Networks ‘think getting a Hispanic voice is getting a reporter with a Spanish last name’

The Financial Times profiles Univision as it begins work in earnest on Fusion, the new cable news channel it is building in conjunction with ABC News. Univision News president Isaac Lee plays a big role in the story, not only for his vision of what his news organization should be, but how he views the English language competition.

Lee is withering about English language rivals’ attempts to appeal to Hispanic audiences, saying that they give little coverage to topics such as immigration.

“They think getting a Hispanic voice is getting a reporter with a Spanish last name,” he says. “It is unbelievable how gringos believe they can have a Latino tone. They end up offending the community and patronising them. We are [portrayed] as the gardeners and the maids.”

Univision’s audience is a few decades younger than the average audience for English language news. It is made all the more amazing by the fact that the budget for Univision News is around 1/10th that of, say, ABC News. As the FT notes, ABC has benefited from Univision talent in recent months, as the two companies forge the new channel together.