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ABC, Univision Announce Name of New Cable Network

ABC | Univision(NEW YORK) -- Television networks ABC and Univision announced on Monday the name of their new cable network targeting U.S. Hispanics and that it will launch in the second half of 2013.

Five cable operators, including Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber, have already agreed to carry the new channel, Fusion.

The companies say the new network will serve 50 million Hispanics, focusing on the issues "most relevant" for the youngest and fastest-growing demographic in the U.S.  The network's coverage will include "the economy, entertainment, music, food, immigration, pop culture, education, politics, health and wellness and more," according to a statement released jointly by ABC and Univision.

With spending power of over $1 trillion, Hispanics represent 16 percent of the total population in the U.S., a number that is projected to double to 30 percent by 2050.

"We're thrilled to be partnering with Univision to launch Fusion," said Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and president of the Disney/ABC Television Group, in a statement.  "Our collaboration will bring unmatched reporting capabilities and understanding of issues and entertainment that resonate with the Hispanic community, one of the fastest growing and important demographic communities in the U.S."

The joint venture between ABC News and Univision was announced in May 2012.

ABC News, owned by the Walt Disney Company, owns half of the joint-venture, while Univision News, owned by Univision Communications, Inc., based in New York City, owns the remaining half.

"The launch of Fusion will be a major milestone in Univision's 50 year history of service to the Hispanic community," said Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, in a statement.  "We're thrilled to partner with ABC News in this exciting new network that will extend Univision's unequaled coverage of Hispanic issues and lifestyle to English-dominant audiences for the first time."

The two companies had previously announced that the then-unnamed company will be based in Miami.

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ABC News, Univision Announce Multiplatform News, Lifestyle Service

ABC News/Univision(NEW YORK) -- ABC News announced Monday morning that it plans to join forces with Univision News to create a multiplatform news, lifestyle and information programming service aimed at U.S. Hispanics.

Both organizations promised in a statement to provide "uncompromising coverage of current events with a unique perspective" with the around-the-clock, English-language television network and digital platform.  Both will cater to the country's more than 50 million Hispanics with programming focused on news, lifestyle and culture.  The television network will be staffed by journalists from ABC News and Univision News.

A website, mobile and social media content are expected to debut this summer.  The unnamed television channel is expected to launch in 2013.  Editorial coverage will focus on the issues most relevant for U.S. Hispanics, including the economy, jobs, health care, immigration, education, politics, entertainment, health and wellness and more.

"This exciting joint venture represents the latest example of our long-term strategy to broaden the reach of ABC," Anne Sweeney, president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, said in a statement.  "Our powerful premier news brand, combined with the world's leading Hispanic media company, will create the nation's first news and lifestyle channel targeted to this quickly expanding and important community."

Cesar Conde, president of Univision Networks, said in a statement, "For more than five decades Univision has been the leader in serving Hispanics in the U.S. and this joint venture is an extension of our vision to deliver the most relevant news and information, regardless of language, to all Hispanics."

ABC News president Ben Sherwood said in a statement, "All of us at ABC News are thrilled to work with Univision.  Our mission is clear: To offer culturally relevant news, information and lifestyle programming to the large and thriving Latino audience in the United States.  In these times of rapid change, we are very excited about this opportunity."

Isaac Lee, president of Univision News, called the combined effort "an important moment for journalism in the U.S. and for the U.S. Hispanic community" that will "provide all audiences with a multiplatform current events perspective on the issues that matter most to Latinos."

A management team is expected to be announced this summer.  The network will have anchors and correspondents in major cities across the United States.  Additionally, ABC News and Univision News will share newsgathering and production resources. 

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