Univision Launches Museum Wing


Univision Communications Inc. will be the first contributor to a new Spanish-language wing of The Museum of Television & Radio in New York.

The museum's project, a first of its kind, will collect and screen TV and radio programming directed toward Latino audiences in the United States, as well as Spain and Latin America.

At the start, Univision will donate 100 hours of programming to the wing, while other Spanish-language broadcast and cable networks will be invited by the museum to make contributions.

The museum and Univision are scheduled to make a joint announcement about the project Tuesday morning at a press breakfast, largely devoted to disclosing nominees of Univision's annual "Premio Lo Nuestro" music awards.

Original shows from sister Univision cable network Galavisión are expected to be included in the museum's collection.

The initial 100 hours include all 15 Premio Lo Nuestro broadcasts dating back to 1987, 20 hours of music specials featuring Premio winners, Noticiero Univision (Univision News) coverage and episodes of Sabado Gigante (Giant Saturday), the channel's long-running variety show.

Univision has agreed to donate 50 additional hours of programming to the museum in both 2004 and 2005.

A dedication ceremony for the Latino-programming collection will take place Feb. 4 in Miami Beach, Fla.