PRESS RELEASE from Univision


Massive Election Center Complex Will Give Viewers Real-Time Results on National and State Races of Special Interest to Hispanics As They Unfold Across the Nation

MIAMI, FL, OCTOBER 27, 2008 – Due to this year’s heightened interest and crucial role of Hispanic voters, Univision Communications, the leading Spanish-language media company, has announced plans to provide the most complete election coverage in its history.

The centerpiece of the network’s coverage will be the state-of-the-art Election Center complex created especially for this year’s historic presidential contest.  Featuring a full array of electoral maps, tote boards and an interactive U-touch electronic screen, network anchors Jorge Ramos and María Elena Salinas will track the races and issues from across the country as they are decided, and put them in perspective for viewers.
Joining the network anchors to provide expert analysis and commentary will be:

Univision’s unprecedented coverage will begin early on election morning as polls open across the country with special reports during its “Despierta América” morning show and continue with updates every hour throughout the day. Special coverage will continue in daily newsmagazine “Primer Impacto,” local and national news programs.  Then the network will begin its non-stop election night coverage at 7pm ET (6pm Central/4pm PT) and will continue throughout the night.
All evening long, the Univision election news team will be reporting live from both presidential campaign headquarters and from across the country, especially from states with heavy Hispanic constituencies. Close attention will also be paid to the numerous special ballot propositions covering issues of particular interest to Hispanics. Among the propositions are those concerning the hiring of undocumented workers, parental notification for minors seeking abortions and the establishment of English as the official language. In addition, there will be live reports from the offices of the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) where a special voter hotline will be in operation to provide Hispanic voters information about voting procedures and assistance in case of any problems they may encounter at the polls.
Also on election night, Univision Network anchor Enrique Gratas will unveil the results of a comprehensive national Hispanic poll conducted jointly by Univision, Reuters and Zogby International. This exclusive poll, conducted in the days leading up to the election, will reveal the views of Hispanic voters on key issues including the economy, health care, immigration, and the war in Iraq.
Throughout the evening and for the very first time, viewers will be able to play a real-time, interactive role in the historic election coverage as they will be invited to participate in online chats hosted by, mobile texting via Univision Movíl, as well as phone conferences using voice over IP technology.
In addition,'s (keyword: Elecciones) extensive coverage of Election Day will feature real-time updates on the vote and live video chats for users to share opinions and predictions. Univision Móvil will also offer the latest election coverage and updates via its mobile portal.  
 “As Hispanic America’s most trusted news source, Univision has dedicated more resources than ever in its history to bring our viewers the most comprehensive and relevant election coverage possible,” said Joe Uva, chief executive officer, Univision Communications Inc. “On this historic election night, Univision will provide not just the facts and figures, but also the perspective and analysis of how the results will affect and empower Hispanics in their daily lives.”
Univision Communications Inc. 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, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa’s pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.
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Elizabeth Sanjenís