Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–September 2, 2003–Univision Network’s María Elena Salinas will co-moderate the first in a series of six democratic presidential candidate debates facilitated by the Democratic National Committee. From the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, the 90-minute debate will air on Univision Network completely in Spanish Saturday, September 6, from 11am to 12:30pm ET/PT (10am to 11:30am Central/Mountain Time).
Salinas will be joined by Ray Suárez, senior correspondent for PBS’s “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer,” New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, and members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Issues important to the Hispanic community to be discussed are: post-9/11 effects on national security and immigration, tax cuts, lack of healthcare access to Hispanic children, education, and relations with Mexico and Latin America.
As the largest U.S. minority, Hispanics have demonstrated their growing role in the country’s electoral and political panorama. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have initiated aggressive campaigns to capture the Hispanic vote at the 2004 presidential polls. Univision is committed to providing Hispanic TV viewers with comprehensive reporting and this debate marks the first important initiative that launches “Destino 2004” (“Destiny 2004”), the Network’s signature for its election coverage.
The Network is also working closely with Univision Online; located at http://www.univision.com, visitors can participate in polls, view candidate profiles, find debate-featured articles and chat in forums.
Salinas, the most recognized Hispanic female journalist in the U.S., can be seen daily at 6:30 pm ET/PT (5:30 pm Central and Mountain Time) on Univision Network’s national nightly newscast “Noticiero Univision,” which is watched by millions of Hispanics across the country and Latin American.
The debate is a co-production of Univision Network and MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and can also be seen live on PBS stations in English on Thursday, September 4, from 8pm to 9:30pm ET (check local listings).
Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN) is a leading U.S. Spanish-language media company. Its operations include: Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S.; TeleFutura Network, a new 24-hour general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 23 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 29 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavisión, a leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Music label, Fonovisa Records label, and a 50% interest in Mexican based Disa Records label; and Univision Online, a leading internet destination for the U.S. Hispanic community located at http://www.univision.com.
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