New York, NY–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 9, 2007 – Univision Communications Inc., the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company, together with the University of Miami, made history this evening with the broadcast of the first ever U.S. presidential candidate Forum in Spanish. Univision’s Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum provided an innovative and landmark opportunity for the candidates to speak directly to the growing Hispanic electorate, whose votes will play a pivotal role in the next presidential election.
The 90-minute Forum, moderated by Univision’s award-winning network news anchors Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas, took place at the University of Miami’s BankUnited Center in Coral Gables, Florida. Democratic candidates Senator Hillary Clinton, Senator Chris Dodd, Senator John Edwards, Senator Mike Gravel, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Senator Barack Obama and Governor Bill Richardson addressed issues of particular interest to the Hispanic community, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. electorate, including education, immigration, Latin American foreign policy, healthcare and national security.
“Univision is proud of its role in this historic event that recognizes the vital and increasingly important role of Hispanic voters in our national politics,” said Joe Uva, CEO of Univision Communications Inc. “As the leading Spanish-language network, we are mindful of our responsibility to give our viewers the information they need to make important choices, and to bring their concerns to the powers that be.”
“The University of Miami was truly honored to host this important exchange of ideas that reflect such a vital component of our community,” said Donna E. Shalala, President of the University of Miami. “This event provided an opportunity for our diverse campus to engage at every level, from students to alumni.”
“We are honored to have participated in this unprecedented event,” said Univision Network news anchors and forum moderators Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas. “We see it as our duty to make sure that each and every member of the Hispanic community is informed and educated about the electoral process and the candidates in this crucial Presidential election. These forums bring us one step closer to this goal.”
Utilizing the company’s multi-platform capabilities, the Forum was also broadcast live on their AM radio network, RadioCadena Univision, and streamed on their popular website, Univision.com.
Both Univision.com and Univision Móvil featured extensive coverage of the Democratic Presidential Candidate Forum. For the first time, users submitted questions to candidates and posted opinions on Univision.com (Keyword: Elecciones). The candidate forum was streamed live on the website, and exclusive clips can now be accessed via Univision Móvil. Online and mobile coverage of the forum is yet another source for Hispanic participation in the upcoming elections.
A full transcript, in English and Spanish, as well as photos of the event are available at ftp.univision.net Username: democraticforum2007 Password: univision.
Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 99% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 89% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 62 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and Mexico-based Disa Records as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S., and a non-voting 14.9% interest in Entravision Communications Corporation, a public Spanish-language media company. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
For more information, please visit http://www.univision.net.
University of Miami
The University of Miami is one of the nation’s leading research universities with more than 15,600 undergraduate and graduate students from around the world. Founded in 1925, UM has grown from its main campus in the city of Coral Gables to include the Miller School of Medicine campus located near downtown Miami, the internationally renowned Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science campus on Virginia Key, and the South and Richmond campuses in southwest Miami-Dade County. The University’s vast and energetic research enterprise attracted more than $274 million in external funding in FY 2007. Its top-ranked medical school, which has internationally renowned programs in several specialties, is a key local health care resource, with its 800 faculty physicians handling 1 million patient visits annually. Led by President Donna E. Shalala, UM is accelerating its progress in all key areas, including fundraising: in 2006 the Momentum campaign reached its initial $1 billion goal 18 months ahead of schedule, and the campaign recently surpassed its subsequent $1.25 billion goal, hitting $1.31 billion. Over the past 5 years, UM’s selectivity in undergraduate admissions has increased dramatically, as have the undergraduate programs, with a multitude of opportunities for undergraduates to engage in research. In addition, the University is committed to strengthening its graduate programs by increasing the number of Ph.D. candidates across the disciplines and schools. UM played host to the first-ever Presidential Debate in the State of Florida in 2004 and is one of the finalists to host a Presidential Debate in 2008 to be decided by the Commission on Presidential Debates later this fall. For more information on the University of Miami, visit http://www.miami.edu