ABC/Univision Cable Net to Be Called 'Fusion'Cablevision, Cox, AT&T U-verse, Charter, Google Fiber on Board to Launch News/Lifestyle Channel 2/11/2013 3:46 PM Eastern
Considering that both parties are contributing talent and resources to the service that is targeting Latinos and non-Latinos, ABC News and Univision have aptly decided to call their upcoming cable network Fusion.
The joint venture, English-language news and lifestyle service, is slated to bow in the second half of the year. With distribution being handled by Disney, the service has already secured carriage on Cablevision, Charter, Cox, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber as part of more comprehensive programming pacts with the affiliates.
"The launch of Fusion will be a major milestone in Univision's 50 year history of service to the Hispanic community," said Cesar Conde, president, Univision Networks, in a statement. "We're delighted to partner with ABC News in this exciting new network that will extend Univision's unequaled coverage of Hispanic issues and lifestyle to English-dominant audiences for the first time."
"Our goal is for this young, vibrant, and media hungry audience to come to Fusion to be informed, entertained and empowered. It will be fresh, fun and optimistic and of great interest to Latinos and non-Latinos alike," noted ABC News president Ben Sherwood.
Initially announced in May 2012, the network will target the U.S.'s approximately 50 million Hispanics, as well as others interested in Latino news and culture. It will be based in Miami, the same city where Univision Networks is headquarted.