LOS ANGELES, CA–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–AUGUST 16, 2002–Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN), the nation’s leading Spanish-language media company, today announced that Maria Lopez- Alvarez, Vice President and Director of News/Entertainment Programs and Sylvia Rosabal-Ley, Vice President and Director of News Coverage will oversee Univision Network’s news division. Both have been named Vice President and Co-News Director, effective immediately. Lopez-Alvarez and Rosabal-Ley will be jointly responsible for overseeing Univision Network’s Emmy-award winning newscast “Noticiero Univision” as well as “Noticiero Univision Ultima Hora,” “Noticiero Univision Fin de Semana,” “Primer Impacto,” “Aqui y Ahora,” “Noticias Univision Presenta,” “Ver Para Creer,” “Pica y Se Extiende” and “El Gordo y la Flaca.” They will remain based in Miami and will report to Ray Rodriguez, President and Chief Operating Officer, Univision Television Networks.
“These well deserved promotions reflect the many contributions that Maria and Sylvia have made to the tremendous growth of our news divisions over the last 20 years,” said Rodriguez. “Individually, they have been instrumental in the success of many news and special coverage segments and we look forward to their continued accomplishments as they lead Univision’s award-winning news coverage to new levels of success at this exciting time in the Company’s history.”
“It has been a privilege to be a part of Univision’s many accomplishments in providing the highest-quality and most culturally relevant news and information to the nation’s Hispanic community since the start of my career,” said Lopez-Alvarez. “I am thrilled to have been given the opportunity to expand my responsibilities and am eager to work hand-in-hand with Sylvia to ensure Univision’s Network news remains the leader in Spanish-language information programming.”
“Univision is the most exciting media company in the United States today,” said Rosabal-Ley. “I am extremely proud to be able to contribute to the Network in a more advanced role and look forward to teaming up with Maria as the Network continues to grow to meet the needs of the nation’s 35 million Hispanics. Univision’s unique ability to deliver distinctive and innovative programming will allow us to build on the Company’s tremendous successes and maintain our position as the preeminent Spanish-language television broadcaster in the U.S.”
Most recently, Lopez-Alvarez served as Univision’s Vice President and Director of News/Entertainment Programs. In that capacity, she was an integral part of the development and success of many of the news division’s programs, including “Noticias y Mas,” “Primer Impacto,” “Primer Impacto Edicion Nocturna,” “El Gordo y la Flaca,” “Imagenes de Impacto,” “Ver Para Creer” and “Pica y se Extiende,” in addition to several highly-rated prime-time specials. Under her leadership, “Primer Impacto” was the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow award in 1998.
Lopez-Alvarez began her tenure with Univision at WLTV-Miami, as a Newscast Producer. She later became the station’s Executive Producer of special coverage. In 1991 she moved to Univision Network as Executive Producer, where she launched “Noticias y Mas.” Lopez-Alvarez graduated from the University of Miami in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
Most recently, Rosabal-Ley served as Vice President and Director of News Coverage, where she was responsible for “Despierta America” news coverage, all editions of “Noticiero Univision,” “Noticiero Univision/Ultima Hora,” “Aqui y Ahora,” and the “Noticias Univision Presenta” news specials. In addition, she has been a key figure in the success of Univision’s breaking news and special coverage, including the 9-11 tragedy and the United States’ war on terrorism.
Rosabal-Ley began her tenure with the Company in 1984. In 1985, she began working at WLTV-Miami as a night Assignment Editor, later becoming Producer of Newscasts, and finally, Executive Producer. In 1991, she moved to Univision Network as Executive Producer and in 1993 became Assistant News Director. Rosabal-Ley played a key role in news coverages, which won an Edward R. Murrow award and two national Emmy awards for Univision news. She graduated from the University of Miami in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.
Univision Communications Inc. (NYSE: UVN) 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 97% of U.S. Hispanic households; TeleFutura Network, the new 24-hour general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 72% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 22 television stations; TeleFutura Television Group which owns and operates 28 television stations; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Music label, Fonovisa Records label, Rudy Perez Enterprises label and a 50% interest in Mexican based Disa Records label as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Internet company in the U.S. Hispanic market reaching 80% of the nation’s Spanish-speaking online audience at www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles, with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.