English-Language News Launched By Univision, ABC

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The joint venture will create a multi-platform news service for English-speaking Hispanics. The venture will feature a 24/7 cable channel, as well as digital media platforms.

DAVID GREENE, HOST:

Let's update you now, on a new partnership in the news business. ABC News and Spanish language TV network Univision have announced they're joining forces. They're creating a multiplatform news service. The language will be English. The target is Latino audiences.

As NPR's Mandalit del Barco explains.

MANDALIT DEL BARCO, BYLINE: The new joint venture hopes to capture part of a fast-growing demographic: U.S.-born Latinos who prefer to get their news in English. Ben Sherwood, who heads ABC News, says he's excited to team up with the Spanish language media giant Univision. He says the programming will include news and information delivered by some new and some familiar faces.

BEN SHERWOOD: You're going to see some of the great journalists from ABC news: Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, George Stephanopoulos, Robin Roberts, Elizabeth Vargas. You'll also see some of the great anchors and correspondents from Univision, including Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas.

BARCO: ABC and Univision executives discussed this move for more than a year, hoping to begin in time to cover the presidential election. But the new 24-hour TV network won't be on until after the New Year. The new digital platform, online and on mobile devices, are set to begin this summer.

(SOUNDBITE OF A UNIVISION NEWS CLIP)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: (Spanish language spoken)

BARCO: Univision news anchors said the network is reaching beyond its usual Spanish-speaking audience. And the news was received warmly on ABC's "Good Morning America."

(SOUNDBITE OF "GOOD MORNING AMERICA")

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: Such a bold step, just huge.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN: ...Influential group. And I tell you what, it was something we just had to do.

BARCO: Mandalit del Barco, NPR News

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