1961

Spanish International Communications Corp. (SICC), headed by Emilio Nicolas, Sr. and Mexican entertainment guru Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, starts the first Spanish-language UHF station (now KWEX) in the United States to serve the local Hispanic community in San Antonio, Texas.

1979

Galavisión Network is launched as the first Spanish-language cable network in the United States.

1987

SIN’s television stations are sold to Hallmark Inc. and its minority partner, First Chicago Venture Capital, which establishes Univision Holdings Inc. SIN is renamed the Univision Network (“Univision”).

1992

A. Jerrold Perenchio, Televisa and Venevision acquire Univision from Hallmark Inc.

2008

KMEX, Univision’s flagship station in Los Angeles, becomes the No. 1 most watched station in the country regardless of language, among Adults 18-49.

2012

ABC News and Univision News announce a multiplatform joint venture dedicated to informing, empowering and inspiring Hispanic Americans in English.

The Univision Story

The multiplatform national brand that Univision is today came from decidedly humble beginnings. The roots of the company trace back to KWEX-TV in San Antonio – the first full-time Spanish-language station in America and the first UHF station in the country.

By the 1970s the company had grown into a national network in the United States to broadcast the World Cup soccer tournament. In 1979 Galavisión was launched as the first Spanish-language cable network in the United States. Univision Online launched in 2000.

Over the last decade Univision has continued to grow on multiple fronts. In 2002 Univision’s second broadcast network, TeleFutura, now UniMás, was launched. Univision completed the acquisition of Hispanic Broadcasting Corporation in 2003 to form Univision Radio, the largest Spanish-language radio broadcasting company in the United States. In 2009 Univision Interactive Media was formed to house Univision.com, Univision Móvil, and an ever-expanding array of digital offerings. Univision On Demand also debuted in 2009, through distribution partners.

Univision announced in 2009 the creation of Univision Studios, a new production arm focused on producing and co-producing content for all of the company’s platforms.

In recent years, Univision has grown exponentially with the launch of Univision Deportes Network, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to sports, Unvision tlnovelas, a network dedicated to broadcasting the all-time best novelas, an additional suite of six cable offerings – De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson, Telehit and Distrito Comedia, ForoTV, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to news and UVideos, the first bilingual digital network serving Hispanic America. Leaders in providing content Hispanics crave, ABC News and Univision News also recently announced Fusion, an unprecedented multiplatform joint venture dedicated to informing, empowering and inspiring Hispanic Americans in English.


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