Univision Communications has been named “Multiplatform Broadcaster of the Year” by leading trade publication Broadcasting & Cable (B&C). This recognition comes as Univision celebrates its 50th anniversary and in a year of rapid expansion for the leading media company serving Hispanic America. It is the latest honor received by Univision from leading industry publications to wrap up 2012 joining others including Company President, Distribution Sales & Marketing Tonia O’Connor being included on The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Power 100 list; the naming of Univision Radio President Jose Valle as Radio Ink Executive of the Year; EVP and Chief Human Resources Officer Roberto Llamas being honored as one of Hispanic Executive’s inaugural “Top 10 Líderes” list; and inclusion of Univision Communications President & CEO Randy Falco, Univision Networks President Cesar Conde and O’Connor in the annual CableFAX 100 issue. Earlier in the year, Conde was also named one of the top 10 young business stars under 40 by FORTUNE while Executive Vice President, Program Scheduling & Promotions Jessica Rodriguez was recognized as one of People en Español’s“Las 25 Mujeres Más Poderosas” (25 Most Powerful Women). Lastly, worldwide TV icon and star of Univision’s “Sábado Gigante,” Don Francisco (Mario Kreutzberger), was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame, and news anchors Maria Elena Salinas and Jorge Ramos received the NATAS Lifetime Achievement Award.
In the latest edition of B&C, Univision is praised for the Company’s “efforts to expand its programming on TV, online, social media and mobile,” making its content – including 2012 Presidential Election coverage – available across all platforms. This is a result of the Company greatly increasing the number of linear channels offered, expanding the number of digital subchannels being used (via an agreement with Bounce TV), launching the bilingual UVideos Digital Network, and growing its TV Everywhere efforts.
“Being named Multiplatform Broadcaster of the Year speaks to the innovative spirit at Univision and is a testament to the passion, drive and commitment that each and everyone here has for Univision to be the Hispanic Heartbeat of America, entertaining, informing and empowering our audience across platforms – everywhere they live,” said Falco. “It is even more significant that we received this honor to cap off an amazing year filled with achievements, not the least of which is the celebration of a 50-year legacy of serving Hispanic America.”