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NBCU Hires For Hispanic Enterprises Role

NBCUniversal is doubling down on the growth of the Hispanic market.

The company announced today that Marlene Sanchez Dooner, currently head of investor relations for parent company Comcast, is moving to NBCU where she will be Executive Vice President of Hispanic Enterprises & Content. Sanchez Dooner will report to Joe Uva, chairman of the unit. Uva joined NBCU in April. He’d been CEO of Univision Communications for four years, ending in 2011. He was replaced at Univision by former NBC executive Randy Falco.

The Sanchez Dooner announcement comes a few days after Cesar Conde joined NBCU. He had been CEO of Univision Networks since 2009. Conde reports to NBCU CEO Steve Burke in a new business development and strategy role.

NBCU owns Telemundo, the No.2 Spanish-language network, behind Univision.

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The Morning Ticker: Stahl, Zakaria, Amanpour

  • “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl will host this year’s Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame induction ceremony Oct. 28. Among the inductees, Univision CEO Randy Falco, TIVO CEO Tom Rogers and Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek.

  • The Clinton Global Initiative returns to New York next week. Ahead of the annual gathering, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria sits down with Pres. Clinton to talk Syria, the budget and his wife’s 2016 presidential ambitions. The interview airs on “Fareed Zakaria GPS” Sunday at 10amET.

  • Next week is also the gathering of world leaders at the United Nations. ABC/CNN’s Christiane Amanpour is getting the first interview with new Iranian President Hassan Rouhani during his trip to New York.

Univision CEO Asks For Latino Representation In Letter To Presidential Debate Commission

Univision CEO Randy Falco has sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, gently criticizing its decision not to include a Latino moderator in the four debates scheduled, and suggesting an additional “forum”… to be moderated by Univision personalities, of course.

Writes Falco:

The debates announced yesterday presented an ideal opportunity to tap one of the two best journalists in the business who have a broad understanding of the domestic and international issues facing this country, understand the Hispanic community better than anyone else and are fully bilingual: Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas

Since you have already made your decision on moderators for the debates and have neglected to have someone speak credibly to the concerns of Hispanics in America, Univision would be willing to create a forum for the presidential candidates to address this sector of our society.

Falco’s full letter is embedded after the jump.

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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.

Randy Falco Upped to CEO of Univision

Former NBC and AOL executive Randy Falco has been upped to president and CEO of Univision. Falco, who had been EVP and COO of the nation’s #1 Spanish-language network, will also become a member of the Univision Board of Directors and will be based in New York.

“The Board unanimously agreed that Randy’s track record and expertise make him the ideal executive to lead Univision’s future growth, said Haim Saban, executive chairman of the Univision Board of Directors. Univision is owned by a consortium of investors, led by Saban.

Falco spent more than 30 years at NBC, lastly as president and COO of the TV group. In 2002, he oversaw NBC’s acquisition of Telemundo.

Falco takes over for Joe Uva who left Univision in March.

Press release after the jump…

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Joe Uva Out as Univision CEO, Randy Falco In?

Unvision announced that CEO Joe Uva will be leaving the company once his employment agreement expires on April 2.

A statement from the network says that “he has chosen not to renew his employment agreement in order to be able to seek other opportunities.”

In the interim, Univision board member and executive chairman Haim Saban will assume additional responsibilities until a new CEO is named.

A tipster tells TVNewser that the new CEO is likely to be former NBC Television Group president and AOL CEO Randy Falco, who joined Univision in January as executive VP and COO.

Univision is one of the country’s largest broadcasters, regardless of language. It is also home to a number of TV news programs seen by millions of Hispanics every week, including its Sunday public affairs show “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos” and “Noticiero Univision.”

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