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    Question Univision "sale"?

    Are they looking to sale the company as a whole, or parts of it here and there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bucwhyl View Post
    Are they looking to sale the company as a whole, or parts of it here and there?
    Whole thing. It is operated as a network.
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    Any guess which companies may be interested? Alpha Media?

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    Quote Originally Posted by saradio1 View Post
    Any guess which companies may be interested? Alpha Media?
    Well, Televisa already has 40%. They are one of the world’s largest TV companies. If radio is spun off separately, Prisa from Spain, the owner of the largest radio group in the world, might be interested.

    A small-ish radio company like Alpha that is having trouble digesting Digity, is not going to buy a company that recently turned down a $13.5 billion offer. This is primarily a TV play; radio is secondary.

    As Univision’s CEO, Vince Sandusky, said, the company has put it's problems behind it and it is in a very attractive position for any investor. Ratings are back up, the unfortunate Isaac Lee era acquisitions are mostly gone and there is an improved core business focus.

    The Hollywood Reporter, chiming in from Sun Valley today, says:

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/ne...y-year-1223043

    Who will buy Univision? The Spanish-language media company said June 3 it is for sale, and Haim Saban, a board member and investor, will no doubt be pitching the company as an acquisition target for a larger conglomerate while attending Sun Valley. Disney could make a viable suitor, says Jimmy Schaeffler of the Carmel Group, given its desire to poke holes in rival Comcast, which owns Telemundo. Plus, Hispanics are a fast-growing segment who already make up 20 percent of the U.S. population.

    But Disney is still digesting its $71.3 billion acquisition of most of 21st Century Fox, so it might not have the appetite for Univision. Thus, Saban might have more luck with Shari Redstone, who is attending Sun Valley at a time when CBS and Viacom, both of which are controlled by her and her father, Sumner, are considering a merger, and some on Wall Street speculate the combination might still fall short as conglomerates grow their power, as did WarnerMedia when AT&T scooped it up for $108.7 billion, including debt. Adding Univision into the CBS-Viacom mix might be just what the doctor ordered.
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    I guess if Comcast can own both NBC and Telemundo, then Disney could own both ABC and Univision. Same with a CBS-Univision combo.

    There would have to be some TV divestitures, unless ownership caps are relaxed. For instance in Houston KTRK is an ABC O&O, while Univision has KXLN and KFTH. Presumably the UniMas station (KFTH) would be spun off, although possibly with an operational agreement with its former owner.

    There are some markets where a merger would result in four O&O’s.

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    A lot of the speculation in the Hollywood Reporter reads like wishful thinking. It also assumes a radio spinoff, since none of the companies mentioned are interested in getting back into that business. That alone is a complicated problem, because radio companies don't want any more debt. My general sense is that Disney isn't really looking to buy any more TV stations. They are a content company, and they're looking at accumulating content, not expensive aging facilities.

    As for CBS/Viacom, they are very confused. They have serious strategic planning & leadership problems. They really don't know what they want to do or be. Look how long they're taking to figure out how to handle this unification thing. They have no one who has a vision for where the company is going. So I wouldn't look to them to come up with the money needed to do this deal.

    I really think Univision will be sold to a foreign investor. They're the only ones not afraid of debt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    A lot of the speculation in the Hollywood Reporter reads like wishful thinking. It also assumes a radio spinoff, since none of the companies mentioned are interested in getting back into that business. That alone is a complicated problem, because radio companies don't want any more debt. My general sense is that Disney isn't really looking to buy any more TV stations. They are a content company, and they're looking at accumulating content, not expensive aging facilities.

    As for CBS/Viacom, they are very confused. They have serious strategic planning & leadership problems. They really don't know what they want to do or be. Look how long they're taking to figure out how to handle this unification thing. They have no one who has a vision for where the company is going. So I wouldn't look to them to come up with the money needed to do this deal.

    I really think Univision will be sold to a foreign investor. They're the only ones not afraid of debt.
    One of the interesting things is the potential alliance of Televisa with a comparably large US company that wants its content. Televisa is the largest content producer in Latin America, and its library of past material is overwhelmingly larger than any other. They also have the rights to a huge portion of the "Golden Era" of Mexican Cinema films, numbering in the thousands (at one time, Mexico produced as many new movies as Hollywood) and of great appeal among Hispanics from the entire Hemisphere.

    As companies put together content focused operations, a Televisa alliance could be key to Hispanic subscriptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post

    As companies put together content focused operations, a Televisa alliance could be key to Hispanic subscriptions.
    Apparently Televisa already has a relationship with both Telemundo and Univision, including a 5% stake in the latter. So alliances already exist.

    Ownership is another issue, and it would be subject to FCC approval.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mediafrog+ View Post
    I guess if Comcast can own both NBC and Telemundo, then Disney could own both ABC and Univision. Same with a CBS-Univision combo.

    There would have to be some TV divestitures, unless ownership caps are relaxed. For instance in Houston KTRK is an ABC O&O, while Univision has KXLN and KFTH. Presumably the UniMas station (KFTH) would be spun off, although possibly with an operational agreement with its former owner.

    There are some markets where a merger would result in four O&O’s.
    Disney is off the list because they just taken over 20th Century Fox, the Redstones are also off the list because of the CBS/Viacom talks and Fox Corp are uncertain.

    Univision would have to look into Cox Media as a reference like have an Apollo type investment group take over Univision?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DavidEduardo View Post


    Well, Televisa already has 40%. They are one of the world’s largest TV companies. If radio is spun off separately, Prisa from Spain, the owner of the largest radio group in the world, might be interested. [/I]
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    And what would happen to the Televisa networks in Mexico? Would Televisa be rebranded into Univisa or merge into all Univision? Or remain as Televisa for Mexico and Univision for U.S? What you mentioned about Grupo Prisa acquiring Uforia Univision Radio makes perfect sense to me. I guess all the Latino Mix flagship in the United States would be rebranded into Los 40. And all the Regional Mexican radio stations would be rebranded to Ke Buena.

    If MVS acquires Univision Radio, the result would be,

    Amor, Recuerdo, KLOVE, KQ to FM Globo
    Que Buena, La Jefa, Zona MX to La Mejor
    Latino Mix, La X, Mix to EXA FM
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