Univision And ABC Are Partnering In English

Oct 9, 2012

Univision news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas grilled President Obama during this Sept. 20 event at the University of Miami. Mitt Romney was on the same stage two days before.
Credit Carolyn Kaster

  Spanish language broadcaster Univision and ABC will open a 24-hour cable channel in the Miami area, the Miami Herald reports today.

Programming will be in English but produced with a Latin perspective. Herald reporter Doug Hanks got a look at documents that describe the project:

The joint venture is expected to employ about 350 

people, with the partnership spending some $275 million to set up the network, according to a report by Miami-Dade County summing up the confidential project. The documents suggest Univision will be creating a 150,000-square-foot studio for the network, though it’s not known if that will be an expansion of the network’s current broadcasting facility in Doral.

With Univision already headquartered in Doral, Miami-Dade County was seen as the likely site for the network and online operation Univision is launching with ABC. The website is already up, and the content is largely produced by a team of writers and producers working out of Univision’s current newsroom in Doral.

Univision,  the nation's top Spanish language broadcaster, distinguished itself last month by scoring live-audience interviews with President Obama and  Republican nominee Mitt Romney.

Gov. Rick Scott will formally announce the joint venture  Wednesday before the Beacon Council, which helped the partners secure $3.5 million in local subsidies.