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Univision adds Quest network to growing subchannel distribution

Univision adds Quest network to growing subchannel distribution

Univision - QuestUnivision has partnered with Cooper Media to bring free over-the-air adventure and exploration television network Quest to several of its local markets.

As part of the Q1 2018 launch, Quest will broadcast on eight Univision station digital subchannels in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Miami, Orlando, Raleigh, Fresno, Bakersfield and Albuquerque. The plan is to roll out in additional markets through 2019.

This is the second partnership with Cooper Media this year. In September, Univision added distribution of the Justice Network in 11 of its markets, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, San Francisco and Miami.

Univision started carrying Bounce TV on its digital subchannels in 2012. Since then, it has expanded distribution of other networks and is currently also carrying GetTV, LAFF, Escape, and Grit on digital subchannels in stations across the country.

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Univision and ACTV8me launch shoppable, interactive programming

Univision and ACTV8me launch shoppable, interactive programming

Univision - Actv8meUnivision is trying a new approach to broadcast advertising. Partnering with ACTV8me, it will test a “Shop While You Watch” strategy, selling products to viewers while they’re watching the network’s programs.

ACTV8me, an enhanced TV advertising platform, allows advertisers to send tailored offers directly to a user’s mobile device during TV, radio, and streaming media consumption. Instant offers and content sent to the consumer’s native mobile wallet (Apple Wallet or Google Wallet) can then be redeemed online or in-store.

According to Sam Abiad, Univision’s SVP of Ad Sales Operations, the platform is an innovative way to “enhance” advertiser activations “while providing measurable results in real-time.”

The ACTV8 and Univision partnership will also launch interactive programming, which will prompt Univision viewers to download the free Mobii app while watching “Despierta América” and other network programs.

When an interactive segment is aired, viewers will receive mobile offers tied to the on-air programming. They’ll be able to save them to their mobile wallets to redeem them online or in-store.

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Salinas bids farewell in final Univision newscast

Salinas bids farewell in final Univision newscast

Maria Elena Salinas final newscast

María Elena Salinas ended her run at Univision as the longest-running female anchor in the United States.

Over the past week, Univision did a week-long tribute to the departing anchor, who began her career at Univision’s KMEX 34 in Los Angeles, before co-anchoring the  network newscast with Jorge Ramos, starting in 1987.

Earlier this year, she signed a deal to host and executive produce her first English-language show on Discovery ID. Her series debuted in April and was picked up for a second season to air in 2018.

Salinas announced in August that she would be leaving Univision, on her own terms, to explore new projects.

During her final newscast on Friday, December 8, which Univision livestreamed on Facebook, Salinas delivered a two-minute farewell message giving thanks to Univision for “the privilege of being part of this group of committed professionals who helped shape this company since its inception and turn it into what it is today,” as well as to all the colleagues she worked with during the past decades. “I will miss them, but I feel blessed to have been part of the Univision family.”

She ended her message thanking her loyal viewers, those who supported her throughout the years, and those who didn’t, because “they made me stronger and brave….Believe me, I’m taking with me a lot more than what I’m leaving behind.”

The farewell continued after the newscast, on a multi-cam Facebook live, where Jorge Ramos and news VP Daniel Coronell paid their own tributes and included a cameo by Guillermo Martínez, who paired Salinas and Ramos on the anchor desk.

You can watch the post-newscast speeches starting at around 46 minutes, after the Mariachi performance:

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Univision News begins final countdown to María Elena Salinas departure

Univision News begins final countdown to María Elena Salinas departure

Maria Elena Salinas

María Elena Salinas begins her final week at Univision with daily tributes to her 36-year career with the network, leading up to her last day on the anchor desk next Friday, December 8.

Univision News dedicated last night’s entire on-hour episode of “Aquí y Ahora” to Salinas’ journalism career at the network.

Starting tonight, the “Noticiero Univision” newscast will feature special reports highlighting different aspects of the multi-award winning anchor’s trajectory, including her  professional and philanthropic work.

Jorge Ramos, her co-anchor since 1987, will present the first in the series of stories.

More details about the week-long farewell are available on Forbes.

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Univision strikes deal with Verizon ending blackout on FiOS

Univision strikes deal with Verizon ending blackout on FiOS

Univision - FiosIt took a month, but Univision’s blackout on Verizon FiOS has come to an end, after both companies have reached an agreement to flip the switch back on, once again giving customers on that service access to all the company’s networks.

Univision would not expand on the terms of the deal with Verizon.

A carriage dispute led to the blackout of all of Univision broadcast and cable networks on FiOS, starting 5 pm EST on October 16, 2017.

Univision lobbied heavily to get the service restored on Verizon, even securing a letter from a group of democratic senators urging both companies to “settle their retransmission consent dispute,” and calling on the FCC “to take action to bring the parties together so these negotiations” can be concluded quickly and fairly.

Univision accused Verizon of pulling its signal from its cable service “entirely without warning,” while Verizon blamed Univision for seeking an “excessive price increase” and rejecting counter offer, and in doing so, canceled the service provider’s rights to air any of Univision’s networks.

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CNNE’s Patricia Janiot moves to Univision as news anchor and host of new show

CNNE’s Patricia Janiot moves to Univision as news anchor and host of new show

Patricia JaniotUnivision has signed Patricia Janiot to replace Ilia Calderón as co-anchor of late-night network newscast “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna.”

She will also join Calderón and Teresa Rodríguez as co-anchor of Sunday news magazine “Aquí y Ahora” and helm a new, yet to be launched Latin America-focused news program on all Univision News digital platforms, in addition to developing content for special programs.

Janiot’s starts the new job Monday, January 22, 2018.

Univision’s official announcement comes just days after the longtime CNN en Español anchor issued an emotional on-air farewell on her “Panorama Mundial” show.

Janiot says it was a difficult decision, so why did she leave CNNE after almost 26 years?

“The short answer is resources and commitment to investigative reporting and long format stories. That is a luxury in times when many executives in the media are eliminating their investigative units,” she tells Media Moves. “At CNNE we were focused on breaking news and the news of the day. That is what CNN does best. I had been waiting for this opportunity for years and Univision gave it to me, including the honor of working with a group of colleagues that I admire tremendously.”

Janiot announced her departure from CNNE on November 6, to pursue “new challenges.” That day, Media Moves reported sources had confirmed she would be moving to Univision as a network anchor in Miami.

A multi-award winning journalist, Janiot shared the anchor desk with Jorge Gestoso for over a decade, until he left the network. She has been the solo anchor of CNNE’s principal primetime newscast, “Panorama Mundial” since 2003.

Her new position marks a return to Univision, where she worked as an anchor at Los Angeles local station KMEX 34 and as host of “Buenos Días Nueva York” on WXTV 41 in New York, prior to joining CNN.

Beyond her work in journalism, Janiot is President of the non-profit organization “Colombianitos,” which helps underprivileged children affected by violence in her native Colombia.

In her CNNE on-air farewell message, she thanked several colleagues, giving special recognition to the late Abel Dimant, who was instrumental in getting her hired at the network and whom she called a mentor:

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Univision creates nonprofit foundation

Univision creates nonprofit foundation

Univision FoundationUnivision has launched a nonprofit public charity with the mission to promote “the well-being of the Hispanic and multicultural communities.”

Called the Univision Foundation, the nonprofit plans to build upon its existing partnerships with other foundations, such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, with which it has been working on special campaigns since 2010.

According to Univision, the Univision Foundation will also fund independent journalism and digital projects that advance education, health and other critical issues.

More details are available on Forbes.

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Univision looking to sell minority stake in Fusion Media Group

Univision looking to sell minority stake in Fusion Media Group

Univision - FMGUnivision is reportedly looking for investors to buy a minority stake in Fusion Media Group (FMG) for $200 million.

That’s the millennial-oriented division that houses the six Gawker Media sites Univision bought for $135 million in a bankruptcy auction last year.

recode was the first to report sources revealed the media company had “hired bankers at Morgan Stanley and Raine Group to shop the deal.”

Univision’s EVP, Chief Communications Officer Rosemary Mercedes did not confirm the company’s interest in selling a stake, the size or even the price tag for potential investors, but acknowledged the value of the division.

“FMG is an important and growing part of our portfolio and we are committed to positioning it for continued success,” she said.

But FMG President Felipe Holguín sent a memo to staff addressing reports that Univision was looking for prospective investors for a slice of the unit.

You can read what he wrote in the internal memo and more details on Forbes.

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Veronica Villafañe, Editor and Publisher

I'm an Emmy award-winning journalist, who's worked as an on-air reporter in Spanish and English-language television news. I've worked for Univision, Telemundo, CNN en Español and Los Angeles Fox and UPN stations before diving into a convergence model at the San Jose Mercury News. I was president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists from 2004 to 2006, and inducted into the Hall of Fame in August of 2016. As an online news manager, I was West Coast Web Editor for impreMedia and Managing Editor of IntersectionsSouthLA.org. In addition to running Media Moves, which I founded in June of 2007, I'm a regular contributor to Forbes and also do freelance work as writer, reporter and producer.