MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), the leading media company serving Hispanic America, is delivering the most comprehensive, in-depth election coverage in the company’s history by leveraging the talent and resources from of its award-winning news division, Univision News, and its digital arm, Univision Digital, for a massive journalistic effort that will span nearly 10 months. Kicking off its multi-format electoral coverage across broadcast and digital platforms today with the Iowa caucuses, UCI will provide the most complete and reliable electoral information and analysis available to the U.S. Hispanic community, which includes more than 27 million potential voters who, in 2016, are expected to once again play a crucial role in the nation’s political process.
“Univision’s comprehensive coverage of the 2016 presidential election, beginning with the Iowa caucuses on Monday, February 1st, marks a new chapter in political reporting geared to Hispanic Americans,” said Isaac Lee, chief News and Digital officer for UCI. “As more than 27 million Hispanic voters get ready to cast their ballots in November, there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that their voice will be decisive. Univision will be there to inform and empower them every step of the way, dedicating our best resources to ‘Destino 2016’ so that they can make informed decisions. Our unrivaled team of political reporters, commentators and analysts, along with the country’s most trusted Hispanic anchors, will again be the number one source of political news for Latinos in the U.S.”
“DESTINO 2016” – TELEVISION
Titled “Destino 2016” (Destiny 2016), Univision News’ dedicated election coverage will encompass all news programming on the Univision Network, including the network newscast “Noticiero Univision,” the Sunday political show “Al Punto” (To the Point), the morning show “Despierta América” (Wake Up America), and the newsmagazines “Primer Impacto” (First Impact) and “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now). From the first caucus in Iowa through Election Day on November 8, 2016, Univision News’ award-winning team of anchors, reporters and producers will focus intensively on the presidential run, delivering on-site coverage of primary elections in key states, campaign news, and important national events such as Super Tuesday, the Republican and Democratic conventions, and presidential debates. Nightly news briefs and special editions of Univision news shows will also air as part of the coverage.
Additionally, the network will host a number of events featuring presidential candidates in the coming months, among them the Democratic debate scheduled for March 9th in Miami and a presidential candidates’ forum at the LULAC National Convention and Exposition in July 2016. It will also conduct exclusive national and local polls. On Election Night, Univision will provide wall-to-wall coverage of nationwide developments as they occur, offering its viewers nonstop information, analysis and commentary throughout the night. “Destino 2016” national coverage will be led by Univision News anchors Jorge Ramos, María Elena Salinas, Enrique Acevedo, Ilia Calderón, Arantxa Loizaga, Felix de Bedout, Luis Megid and Blanca Rosa Vilchez.
At the local level, Univision broadcast affiliates across the nation will provide their communities with up-to-the-minute coverage of the complete election process, campaign news and local political events. In addition, a local edition of Univision’s successful Sunday political show “Al Punto” will debut in Florida, “Al Punto Florida,” to cover statewide politics and public affairs issues, while existing local public affairs shows will do the same in Texas and California (“Conexión Texas” and “Conexión California”).
Specific details of “Destino 2016” programming and debates will be released at a later date.
“DESTINO 2016” – DIGITAL
UCI’s most extensive digital election coverage to date will provide a centralized resource that puts events and developments in context for Hispanic audiences via the largest Spanish-language digital platforms in the U.S. – Univision.com and UnivisionNoticias.com. Led by senior Political editor and veteran political journalist Carlos Chirinos, the multi-format coverage will feature a wealth of unique reporting –both written and video– on a wide variety of issues, with emphasis on in-depth stories on candidates, the Hispanic electorate, political campaigns, election projections and results, and the impact of the Latino vote in 2016, among other subjects.
Univision’s diverse array of digital elements includes:
- In-depth articles on every aspect of the presidential contest and the Latino electorate
- Cutting-edge infographics with insights and analysis of the Hispanic vote, created in collaboration with Alberto Cairo, world-renowned infographer and Univision's Innovator-In-Residence
- Univision News’ political blog “Pol16,” written by distinguished journalists and authors María Ramírez and Eduardo Suárez, in addition to other live blogs focused on the election process
- Specialized data analytics
- Who’s Who in Hispanic Politics data project, led by Univision’s Data Unit team
- Explainer videos and mini-documentaries
- On-the-ground local coverage from Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Washington D.C. and key swing states
- National and local polls
- Interactive data maps
- Virtual 3-D graphics
- New fact-checking platform for forums and debates
- Opinion columns by prominent political analysts and leaders
- Comprehensive social coverage through the recently launched Univision Política account on Facebook and Twitter
- Facebook live video from the field
- Daily updates on events of each day – “What You Need to Know for Today and Every Night”
Viewers can join the conversation and stay up-to-date on everything pertaining to the 2016 presidential elections by following @UniNoticias and @UniPolitica on Twitter and Instagram, and via Facebook.com/UnivisionNoticas, Facebook.com/UnivisionPolitica, Facebook Live, and using the hashtag #Destino2016 across platforms.
About Univision News
Univision’s award-winning News division is committed to informing the country’s fastest growing segment across all media platforms, including TV, Radio, and Interactive. Hispanics count on the latest and most relevant content that impacts the community through: “Noticiero Univision,” the Network’s evening, late evening and weekend national newscast; Sunday public affairs program “Al Punto” (To The Point); newsmagazine shows “Aquí y Ahora” (Here and Now) and “Primer Impacto” (First Impact); as well as morning news segments on “Despierta América” (Wake Up America). Univision has strengthened its news team and expanded its news operations by adding Investigative and Documentary Units.
About Univision Communications Inc.
Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the leading media company serving Hispanic America. The Company, a leading content creator in the U.S., includes Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 93% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 87% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour cable network dedicated to telenovelas, ForoTV, a 24-hour Spanish-language cable network dedicated to international news, and an additional suite of cable offerings - De Película, De Película Clásico, Bandamax, Ritmoson and Telehit; Univision Television Group, which 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. Hispanics, UVideos, a bilingual digital video network and Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; and Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group in the U.S. which owns and operates 67 radio stations including stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. UCI’s assets also include a minority stake in El Rey Network, a 24-hour English-language general entertainment cable network and a joint venture with Disney/ABC Television Network for Fusion, a 24-hour English-language news and lifestyle TV and digital network. Headquartered in New York City, UCI 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 Univision.net.