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About Univision Communications Inc.

This company's singular vision focuses on Hispanic audiences. Univision Communications is the leading Spanish-language broadcaster in the US with a portfolio of television and radio operations. It runs the top-rated Univision network, carried by more than 1,400 broadcast and cable affiliates, as well as sister networks TeleFutura and Galavisión. The company also owns and operates about 60 local broadcast TV stations. Its Univision Radio division boasts about 67 stations. Univision also distributes content online. Founded in 1961 as Spanish International Network, Univision is controlled by a group of private investment firms led by TPG Capital and Thomas H. Lee Partners. In 2019 the company put itself up for sale.

Operations

The company operates through two primary segments: Univision Television Group and Universal Radio.

Univision Television Group owns 59 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; digital properties consisting of online and mobile websites and apps, including Univision.com, the most visited Spanish-language website among U.S.

Univision Radio owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico.

The company serves through 17 broadcast, cable and digital networks and partnerships, 59 local television station, 67 radio stations, and growing digital portfolio of mobile and video properties.

Geographic Reach

In the larger picture of US television broadcasting, Univision's flagship network regularly tallies enough viewers to rank right behind the four major networks. That fact not only speaks to Univision's success in airing successful programming but also illustrates the size of the Spanish-speaking audience in America.

Sales and Marketing

With its growing size and affluence, this demographic is also becoming increasingly valuable to marketers, which in turn has made advertising on Univision an important part of mass media ad campaigns. Univision depends on commercial advertising for the lion's share of its sales. It also generates revenue from carriage fees paid by cable TV system operators.

Growth of Hispanic audiences has also brought in more competition for Univision's networks. The company's chief rival in this arena has been Telemundo, a Spanish-language network owned by NBCUniversal (NBCU), but the market has seen an uptick in new entrants such as Azteca America (owned by Mexico's TV Azteca), Estrella TV (Liberman Broadcasting), and MegaTV (Spanish Broadcasting System). In addition to those competitors offering a dedicated Spanish-language broadcast, many other TV channels now offer a Spanish-language version.

Strategy

Looking to boost viewership, Univision is constantly focused on developing or acquiring new programming. The company has its own production studio to create its own shows in-house. It also has production and distribution relationships with such companies as Caracol, Endemol, and Venevisión. 

In 2019 the company hired Morgan Stanley and boutique investment bank LionTree to explore a sale. The company has faced some competitive challenges from Telemundo, owned by Comcast’s NBCUniversal, whose telenovelas have been attracting younger viewers than those of Univision’s. 

Univision Communications Inc.

114 5TH AVE
New York, NY 10011-5604
Phone: 1 (212) 455-5200

Stats

Employer Type: Privately Owned
President and CEO: Randel A. Falco
EVP and CFO: Francisco J. Lopez-Balboa
Chairman: Haim Saban
Employees (This Location): 200
Employees (All Locations): 6,000

Major Office Locations

New York, NY

Other Locations

Glendale, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Hudson, MA
Teaneck, NJ
Albuquerque, NM
Austin, TX