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The Ticker: Zucker, Zuckerberg, Roberts

  • At next week’s Advertising Week throughout New York City, CNN’s Anderson Cooper will interview his boss Jeff Zucker at a panel presented by, no surprise, Time Warner as well as Adweek. They will discuss how social media has impacted the news cycle.

  • At the Newseum, Mark Zuckerberg was asked whether he was interested in bringing original news to Facebook. “I can’t see at any point us getting into producing our own content. I just think there are so many other people who produce awesome content that it’s not our place.”

  • A year ago tomorrow “Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts underwent a bone marrow transplant. To mark the anniversary, Roberts taped a new public service announcement for Be The Match, photo below. The promo debuts tomorrow on “GMA.”

Robin Roberts PSA

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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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David Rhodes, Cesar Conde On 40 Under 40 List

CBS News president David Rhodes and Univision president Cesar Conde share the #9 spot on this year’s Fortune‘s “40 Under 40″ list. Rhodes and Conde also share the same age: 38. About Rhodes, Fortune writes:

Rhodes has eschewed the fluff, flash, and other ratings bait that typically pass for news these days to focus on, um, well, news. He’s lengthened the network’s flagship political show, “Face the Nation,” put Scott Pelley in the evening anchor spot, and completely overhauled the moribund “Early Show,” which debuted as CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Gayle King in January.

The list is filled mostly with tech stars and finance types. But, in case you were wondering, yes, the Olson twins are on it too.

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.

Ben Sherwood on New ABC News/Univision Network: ‘This is Not an Ideological Venture’

Cesar Conde, president of Univision and Ben Sherwood, president of ABC News announce a new English-language news/lifestyle channel aimed at U.S. Hispanics

As they launch the nation’s first English-language news and information channel for U.S. Hispanics, ABC News and Univision are looking far into the future for success, even to viewers not yet born.

Announced earlier today, the joint venture will now look toward gaining commitments from cable carriers, hiring staff and finding a home, all while launching online this Summer. Univision president Cesar Conde tells TVNewser his team is “considering two or three options to house the joint venture” in South Florida. “We’re going to have a stand-alone team for the new entity using the resources of Univision and ABC News.”

Don’t expect the network to look anything like existing cable news channels, CNN, Fox News or MSNBC.

“This is not an ideological venture,” ABC News president Ben Sherwood tells us. “The vision here is a full-service operation providing culturally relevant programming in English.”

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ABC News and Univision to Launch 24-Hour News Channel

ABC News and Univision are moving forward with plans to launch an on-air and online newschannel aimed at the fast-growing U.S. Hispanic population. The 24-hour, English-language network will be based at Univision headquarters in Miami with plans to launch online this summer and on air early next year.

“Univision has a deep and important relationship with the U.S. Hispanic audience,” says ABC News president Ben Sherwood in a note to staff, obtained by TVNewser. “By sharing our resources, we will inform, entertain and empower the enormously influential Hispanic American community and many others interested in our programming.”

Sherwood says the venture “is subject to the completion of definitive agreements.” This includes getting the big cable systems, including Comcast, Time Warner, Cox and Charter to carry the network.

Sherwood, along with Cesar Conde, president of Univision and Isaac Lee the president of Univision News, will hold a town hall with staffers at 12:30pmET to answer any questions.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report talks of a partnership in February.

Former NBC COO Randy Falco is now CEO of Univision Communications. Under his watch, the company has launched three cable channels, Univision Deportes, Univision tlNovelas and Univision Noticias.

Falco was president of NBC Broadcasting when the network launched MSNBC in 1996. Falco was also instrumental in NBC’s acquisition of Univision competitor Telemundo in 2002.

ABC’s owner, Disney, operates three of the top 10 cable networks: Disney Channel, ESPN and ABC Family. ABC News announced plans for a 24-hour newschannel in 1996, but abandoned the idea in May of that year after NBC/Microsoft and News Corp. ramped up plans for MSNBC and Fox News Channel. In 1982, ABC and Westinghouse partnered for the Satellite News Channel. That venture lasted 16 months, failing after not getting significant cable carriage.

Sherwood’s note after the jump…

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WSJ: Disney, Univision In Talks to Launch 24-Hour English Language News Channel

Fifteen years after exploring the idea of a 24-hour news channel, ABC News may soon find itself back in the cable game. The Wall Street Journal is reporting ABC’s parent The Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. are in talks to create an English language news channel… and it could be launched before the November elections.

The new channel would plunge Disney’s ABC News more directly into the fractious cable-news wars, competing alongside Time Warner Inc’s CNN, News Corp.’s Fox News and Comcast Corp.’s MSNBC. And it would mark a big strategic shift for Univision, which since its beginnings five decades ago has been defined by its Spanish broadcasts, but which will now compete for English speakers.

WSJ reports the talks have been lead by ABC News President Ben Sherwood and Univision Networks President Cesar Conde. ABC News is not commenting on the report.

The deal looks good on paper. It will begin to amortize the costs of ABC News, (while creating many long days for ABC Newsers.) Disney has proven cable clout. And Univision, which boasts its own news division and studios in Miami, provides an attractive and growing young audience: 1-in-5 American schoolchildren is Hispanic, 1-in-4 newborns is Hispanic.

Univision Communications CEO Randy Falco has been here before. He was president of NBC Broadcasting when his network, along with Microsoft, launched MSNBC in 1996. ABC News abandoned plans in May of that year to launch its own news channel after NBC and News Corp. ramped up plans for MSNBC and Fox News Channel. Falco was also instrumental in NBC’s acquisition of Univision competitor Telemundo in 2002.