Univision-ABC News Joint Venture Announces Home Base, Adds First Executive

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By Merrill Knox Comment

As expected, Univision and ABC News officially announced Wednesday that their soon-to-be-launched cable news channel will be based in Miami.

In a joint statement, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said the venture will be an “integral part of the Miami-Dade community” and Univision president Cesar Conde said it will “attract television’s brightest talent to South Florida.”

The network also gets its first executive today. Miguel Ferrer begins October 30 as executive producer of digital properties. He comes from the Huffington Post, where he was managing editor of the Black Voices, Latino Voices and Voces sites. Announcements on the president and CEO of the network are expected later this year.

The channel is slated for a 2013 launch. The two networks are narrowing down name options for the joint venture, as TVNewser reported exclusively yesterday.

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