Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Nashville's new Univision affiliate

According to this press release, Nashville will become an affiliate city of the popular Spanish-language Univision television network. The network is currently available in Nashville via satellite and cable TV packages, but being an affiliate means that local personnel and programming will also be available to the Nashville market under the Univision brand.

Equity Broadcasting Corporation ("EBC"), which has entered into an agreement to merge with Coconut Palm Acquisition Corporation, announced today that it has entered into Asset Purchase Agreements for four new television stations. The company will use these stations to bring Univision affiliates to three additional markets -- Nashville, Jacksonville, Fla., and Waco, Texas.

WGAP-LP, Channel 26, will serve as the Univision affiliate in Nashville, a television market that reaches more than 900,000 households.

EBC currently owns and operates 19 Univision and TeleFutura affiliates and these new acquisitions will bring the total to 22. The company hopes to have Univision programming on air in all three markets by January 2007.

Equity Broadcasting Corporation is one of the largest owners and operators of television stations in the United States and a distribution platform for Spanish-language media. EBC is the second largest affiliate group of both the top-ranked Univision television network and Univision's TeleFutura network.

Univision Communications Inc. ("Univision") is the leading Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include television, radio, music and internet offerings that entertain and inform more Hispanics each day than any other media company in the country. Univision's television operations include the Univision Network, TeleFutura Network and Galavision.

Channel 26 will become Nashville's third locally based Spanish-language television affiliate, after Channel 4-WSMV announced it would become an affiliate of Univision competitor Telemundo beginning June 12 (story here), and Univision subsidiary TeleFutura began broadcasting in partnership with Channel 5-WTVF in 2004 (story here).

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