NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--As a mission-driven company with roots tracing back to San Antonio, Texas, Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) and its employees are especially heartbroken by the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana this week. In addition to the in-kind donation and on-air support that Univision has given this week to relief efforts and its Texas employees, UCI is announcing the Unidos Por Los Nuestros campaign across its broadcast and digital media assets to support both immediate-and long-term relief efforts throughout Texas and Louisiana.
“As we have witnessed the unimaginable devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, our focus has been on the safety of the community,” said Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer. “The areas in Harvey’s path of destruction include major Spanish-speaking communities and we take very seriously our responsibility to provide real-time information to help keep them safe. We are also leveraging our extensive multi-media platform to inform our audiences nationwide how they can contribute effectively. We are grateful that our many employees in the region are safe and are proud of their efforts to support the well-being of those in need.”
To support disaster relief efforts, UCI is doing the following:
Disaster Relief Support
- UCI is committing at least $500,000, including a $250,000 cash donation, to three organizations: the American Red Cross, Catholic Charities USA and the Texas Diaper Bank. The company’s commitment extends to providing in-kind support, dedicating digital and on-air programming, working with partners on Public Service Announcements, and creating an employee relief fundraiser to further relief and recovery efforts.
- UCI is launching the Unidos Por Los Nuestros campaign across all of its national, local and digital media assets, in an effort to raise additional and ongoing funds from our audiences.
- UCI and Live Nation have jointly committed to donate a portion of the proceeds for the recently-announced October 8th “Amor a La Música” live concert in Miami to benefit victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- UCI local television and radio stations across the country are holding blood drives, food and clothing drives, phone banks, telethons, and programming efforts in support of those impacted by Harvey. In addition, San Antonio and Austin stations have officially become drop-off locations for their local food banks. UCI employees delivered 200 care packages to their colleagues in Houston this week.
- Leading national UCI radio personality Raul Brindis will continue his efforts to keep the Houston Hispanic community up to date with the latest news as well as directing resources for aid and assistance via on-air, digital and in person relief efforts.
Essential Information - Programming
- UCI will continue to provide essential programming in Texas and Louisiana to inform and empower the communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Univision 45 KXLN-TV in Houston is continuing to broadcast non-stop coverage of the hurricane and relief efforts. Through their coverage in the Houston area, UCI’s two television stations, four radio stations and digital properties are providing vital information on recovery efforts, shelters, evacuation, and pantries.
- Tonight, September 1, the Univision Network’s nightly newscast will be extended, airing live from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
- On Sunday, September 3, “Al Punto,” the Sunday morning news program on the Univision Network hosted by Jorge Ramos, will feature two segments on Hurricane Harvey about heroic stories of volunteer rescuers and first-hand accounts of victims. “Al Punto” will also provide updates on hurricane and relief-related developments and the block of the controversial Texas immigration bill, SB4.
- Also on Sunday, “Aquí y Ahora” will air live from Houston.
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 leading networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the country available in approximately 92% of U.S. Hispanic television households; UniMás, a leading Spanish-language broadcast television network available in approximately 86% of U.S. Hispanic television households; Univision Cable Networks, including Galavisión, the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language entertainment cable network, as well as UDN (Univision Deportes Network), the most-watched U.S. Spanish-language sports cable network, Univision tlnovelas, a 24-hour Spanish-language 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 Local Media, which owns and/or operates 59 television stations and 67 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; and Univision Now, a direct-to-consumer, on demand and live streaming subscription service. The Company also includes the Fusion Media Group (FMG), a division that serves young, diverse audiences. FMG includes two cable networks: news and lifestyle English-language network FUSION TV and UCI’s interest in El Rey Network, a general entertainment English-language cable network; Univision.com, the most-visited Spanish-language website among U.S. Hispanics; Uforia, a music application featuring multimedia music content; as well as a collection of leading digital brands that span a range of categories: technology (Gizmodo), sports (Deadspin), music (TrackRecord), lifestyle (Lifehacker), modern women’s interests (Jezebel), news and social justice (FUSION.net), African American news and culture (The Root), gaming (Kotaku), and car culture (Jalopnik). FMG also includes the Company’s interest in comedy and news satire brands The Onion, Clickhole and The A.V. Club. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has content creation facilities and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit corporate.univision.com.