Televisa
Overview
 
Televisa is a Mexican
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media
Mass media
Mass media refers collectively to all media technologies which are intended to reach a large audience via mass communication. Broadcast media transmit their information electronically and comprise of television, film and radio, movies, CDs, DVDs and some other gadgets like cameras or video consoles...

 company in Latin America
Latin America
Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance languages  – particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French – are primarily spoken. Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² , almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area...

 and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

, with which it has an exclusive contract. As of 2011, its closest competitors are TV Azteca
TV Azteca
Azteca, is the second largest Mexican television entertainment. It was established in 1983 as the state-owned Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión , a holding of the national TV networks channel 13 and 7 and was privatized under its current name in 1993 and now is part of Grupo Salinas...

 and TVE
Televisión Española
Televisión Española is the national state-owned public-service television broadcaster in Spain. TVE's activities were previously financed by a combination of advertising revenue and subsidies from the national government, but since it's been supported by subsidies only.TVE belongs to the RTVE...

.
Grupo Televisa was founded in 1955 as Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano is the predecessor of Televisa. Telesistema Mexicano was a television alliance made up of the independently owned television flagship stations XEW Canal 2, XHTV Canal 4, and XHGC Canal 5 in Mexico, Distrito Federal.-History:...

, linking Mexico's first three television stations: XHTV-TV
XHTV-TV
XHTV , founded in 1950 by Romulo O'Farril, is a flagship TV station of FOROtv. Although FOROtv does not have any full-time affiliates most Televisa locals around the republic select some FOROtv programming for their broadcasting...

 (founded in 1950), XEW-TV
XEW-TV
XEW-TV is the call sign assigned to channel 2, a television station in Mexico City, Mexico. The station is owned by Televisa and is the flagship station to the Canal de las Estrellas network. XEW is second oldest Televisa and Mexico City's station, founded in 1951.-References:...

 (1951) and XHGC-TV
XHGC-TV
XHGC-TV is a TV station owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City, and is the flagship of the Canal 5 network.-History:XHGC signed on May 10, 1952, broadcasting a Mother's Day event organized by the Excélsior newspaper; but the regular programming began at August 18, 1952.The station was...

 (1952).
Encyclopedia
Televisa is a Mexican
Mexico
The United Mexican States , commonly known as Mexico , is a federal constitutional republic in North America. It is bordered on the north by the United States; on the south and west by the Pacific Ocean; on the southeast by Guatemala, Belize, and the Caribbean Sea; and on the east by the Gulf of...

 multimedia conglomerate, the largest mass media
Mass media
Mass media refers collectively to all media technologies which are intended to reach a large audience via mass communication. Broadcast media transmit their information electronically and comprise of television, film and radio, movies, CDs, DVDs and some other gadgets like cameras or video consoles...

 company in Latin America
Latin America
Latin America is a region of the Americas where Romance languages  – particularly Spanish and Portuguese, and variably French – are primarily spoken. Latin America has an area of approximately 21,069,500 km² , almost 3.9% of the Earth's surface or 14.1% of its land surface area...

 and in the Spanish-speaking world. It is a major international entertainment business, with much of its programming airing in the United States on Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

, with which it has an exclusive contract. As of 2011, its closest competitors are TV Azteca
TV Azteca
Azteca, is the second largest Mexican television entertainment. It was established in 1983 as the state-owned Instituto Mexicano de la Televisión , a holding of the national TV networks channel 13 and 7 and was privatized under its current name in 1993 and now is part of Grupo Salinas...

 and TVE
Televisión Española
Televisión Española is the national state-owned public-service television broadcaster in Spain. TVE's activities were previously financed by a combination of advertising revenue and subsidies from the national government, but since it's been supported by subsidies only.TVE belongs to the RTVE...

.

History

Grupo Televisa was founded in 1955 as Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano is the predecessor of Televisa. Telesistema Mexicano was a television alliance made up of the independently owned television flagship stations XEW Canal 2, XHTV Canal 4, and XHGC Canal 5 in Mexico, Distrito Federal.-History:...

, linking Mexico's first three television stations: XHTV-TV
XHTV-TV
XHTV , founded in 1950 by Romulo O'Farril, is a flagship TV station of FOROtv. Although FOROtv does not have any full-time affiliates most Televisa locals around the republic select some FOROtv programming for their broadcasting...

 (founded in 1950), XEW-TV
XEW-TV
XEW-TV is the call sign assigned to channel 2, a television station in Mexico City, Mexico. The station is owned by Televisa and is the flagship station to the Canal de las Estrellas network. XEW is second oldest Televisa and Mexico City's station, founded in 1951.-References:...

 (1951) and XHGC-TV
XHGC-TV
XHGC-TV is a TV station owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City, and is the flagship of the Canal 5 network.-History:XHGC signed on May 10, 1952, broadcasting a Mother's Day event organized by the Excélsior newspaper; but the regular programming began at August 18, 1952.The station was...

 (1952). It was (and in modern-day Televisa still is) owned by the Azcárraga family
Azcárraga family
The Azcárraga family is a wealthy Mexican media dynasty. The center of their business empire, Televisa, is the main television network in Mexico and the largest producer and broadcaster of Spanish language media around the world.Notable family members include:...

 from the Venezuelan Family Cisneros
Cisneros
Cisneros may refer to:*Cisneros, Palencia, a municipality in Castile and León province, Spain*Cisneros , people with the surname Cisneros...

, who had signed on Mexico's first radio station, XEW-AM
XEW-AM
XEW-AM is a radio station in Mexico City, Mexico. It is branded as W-Radio and its slogan is La voz de la América Latina desde México or "The voice of Latin America from Mexico."It began regular broadcasts at 20:00 CST on 18 September 1930...

, in 1930. Its headquarters, known as Televicentro, were originally located on Avenida Chapultepec
Chapultepec
Chapultepec Park, more commonly called the "Bosque de Chapultepec" in Mexico City, is the largest city park in Latin America, measuring in total just over 686 hectares. Centered on a rock formation called Chapultepec Hill, one of the park's main functions is to be an ecological space in the vast...

 in downtown Mexico City. The building opened on February 10, 1952.

In 1968 Telesistema's main competitor, Televisión Independiente de México (TIM), started operating with XHTIM-TV
XEQ-TV
XEQ is a Televisa TV station, based in Mexico, Distrito Federal. XEQ is the flagship television station of the Galavisión network ....

 and Canal 8. At the time, both Telesistema and TIM competed with XHAW-TV
XHAW-TV
XHAW-TV is the television call sign for the flagship station of the Multimedios Television international network. XHAW is located in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon.-Digital services:...

, local Canal 12, which also started transmissions in 1968. Over the next four years, both networks competed in content and image until September 17, 1972, when they merged, taking on the name Televisa, an acronym for Television Via Satellite in Spanish. In the merger deal, the owners of Telesistema had 75 percent of the stocks, while the owners of Televisión Independiente had the rest, which were sold to Telesistema later because of financial problems.

On September 7, 1970, "24 Horas" debuted and became one of Mexico's most watched news programs. The host, legendary journalist Jacobo Zabludovsky
Jacobo Zabludovsky
Jacobo Zabludovsky Kraveski is a Mexican journalist. He was the first anchorman in Mexican television and his TV news program, 24 Horas was for decades the most important in the country.-Biography:...

, anchored the program for almost 3 decades.

On August 17, 1972, Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta
Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta
Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta or Emilio Azcárraga Sr. was a Mexican businessman son of Basque immigrants Mariano Azcárraga and Emilia Vidaurreta....

 died, and Emilio Azcárraga Milmo
Emilio Azcárraga Milmo
Emilio Azcárraga Milmo or Emilio Azcárraga Jr. was a Mexican businessman and the son of Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta, Sr. He was educated at Culver Military Academy, he graduated in 1948. He was married three times, most recently to Paula Cussi...

 succeeded him as the chain's owner.

In 1975, brothers Emilio Diez Barroso
Emilio Diez Barroso
Emilio Diez Barroso is Co-Chairman and Founder of a private investment holding company, and founder and CEO of one of its subsidiaries: NALA Films.-Biography:...

 and Fernando Diez Barroso began working in the presidency offices of Televisa.

Televisa started to transmit several programs produced by Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (National Autonomous University of Mexico) (UNAM
Unam
UNAM or UNaM may refer to:* National University of Misiones, a National University in Posadas, Argentina*National Autonomous University of Mexico , the large public autonomous university based in Mexico City...

) in 1977. On March 3, 1983, Canal 8 changed their schedule to become a cultural channel, offering informative programs, debates and cultural shows, a precursor to today's Galavisión
Galavisión
Galavisión is a Miami, Florida based Spanish language cable network owned by Univision Communications, Inc. The station is unrelated to the Mexican channel of the same name, other than sharing the Televisa-produced programming.-History:...

. On May 18, 1985 the frequency was changed to XEQ-TV
XEQ-TV
XEQ is a Televisa TV station, based in Mexico, Distrito Federal. XEQ is the flagship television station of the Galavisión network ....

, Canal 9.

On September 19, 1985, an earthquake measuring 8.1 on the Richter scale
Richter magnitude scale
The expression Richter magnitude scale refers to a number of ways to assign a single number to quantify the energy contained in an earthquake....

 caused widespread damage in Mexico City and left the south tower of Televisa's main building destroyed. Nonetheless, Televisa's transmissions were not seriously affected.

In 1991, Televisa, with help from Japanese television network
Television network
A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay TV providers. Until the mid-1980s, television programming in most countries of the world was dominated by a small...

 NHK, began its first broadcast in HDTV, using the Japanese MUSE system.

Between 1993 and 1994 Televisa was about to buy Italian local TV station GBR, based in Rome, planning to import in Italy his mixed sport-telenovelas formula, but the transaction was finally aborted.

In April 1997, Milmo died and Emilio Azcárraga Jean
Emilio Azcárraga Jean
Emilio Fernando Azcárraga Jean or Emilio Azcarraga III, is a Mexican businessman and the son of Emilio Azcárraga Milmo and his third wife, Nadine Jean a French citizen....

 succeeded him as the president of the company.

In December 1997, Televisa joined with other Mexican media companies to create a marathon known as
Teletón
Teletón
The name Teletón, Spanish for "telethon", may refer to:* Teletón * Teletón...

, whose mission is to provide knowledge about physical disabilities, giving a strong message about respect, equality and support to people in these conditions. This movement from media, enterprises and Mexicans is reflected in the buildings created with the money from this Marathon, named Centros de Rehabilitación Infantil (CRIT). It is said that sponsors use it as a way to deduce taxes as the Teletón takes place at the end of the fiscal year and therefore allows companies to deduce their donations before declaring their incomes.

Logo

The famed Televisa logo comes from the original 1973 design by architect Pedro Ramírez Vázquez, re-designed in 2000 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Televisa: the logo represents a human eye looking at the world through a television screen. It keeps the original logo's yellow and orange colors that contrast with a dark blue background while the center of the logo is a sphere that represents the known contemporary world with its focus on communications, specifically television.

Televisa today

Grupo Televisa is the second largest media conglomerate in Latin America behind Organizações Globo
Organizações Globo
Organizações Globo is the largest media conglomerate of South America, founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1925 by Irineu Marinho. It also owns companies on the food industry and the real estate and financial markets....

, with interests in television production and broadcasting, programming for pay television, international distribution of television programming, direct-to-home satellite services, publishing and publishing distribution, cable television
Cable television
Cable television is a system of providing television programs to consumers via radio frequency signals transmitted to televisions through coaxial cables or digital light pulses through fixed optical fibers located on the subscriber's property, much like the over-the-air method used in traditional...

, radio
Radio
Radio is the transmission of signals through free space by modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible light. Electromagnetic radiation travels by means of oscillating electromagnetic fields that pass through the air and the vacuum of space...

 production and broadcasting, professional sports and show business promotions, paging services, feature film
Feature film
In the film industry, a feature film is a film production made for initial distribution in theaters and being the main attraction of the screening, rather than a short film screened before it; a full length movie...

 production and distribution, dubbing, and the operation of a horizontal Internet
Internet
The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that use the standard Internet protocol suite to serve billions of users worldwide...

 portal. Televisa's telenovelas
Telenovela
A telenovela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão , and novela, a Spanish or Portuguese word for "novel"...

 generally run only one season and are broadcast internationally. The conglomerate is owner of all of the following companies:
  • Comercio Más (Internet EsMas.com)
  • Cablevisión (Mexico City only)
  • Televisa Networks
  • Estadio Azteca
    Estadio Azteca
    Estadio Azteca is a stadium in Santa Ursula, Mexico City, Mexico. It is the official home stadium of the Mexico national football team and the Mexican team Club América.The stadium was the venue for football soccer in the 1968 Summer Olympics....

     (Football Stadium)
  • Club América
    Club América
    Club América is a Mexican Professional football club based in Mexico City. It competes in the Primera División, the top professional league in the country. The team's nickname is Las Águilas ....

     (Football Team)
  • Club Necaxa (Football Team)
  • San Luis FC (Football Team)
  • Atlante FC (Football Team)
  • Editorial Televisa (Books, Magazines and Newspapers)
  • Intermex (Editorial house)
  • Televisa Radio
    Televisa Radio
    Televisa Radio is a division of Televisa focused on AM radio and FM radio broadcasting.-List of stations owned by Televisa Radio:*XEW-AM - news, talk *XEW-FM - FM relay of AM station...

     (Formerly Radiopolis)
  • Videocine (Movie production and distribution)
  • Televisa Home Entertainment (DVD Distribution)
  • EMI Televisa Músic
    EMI Televisa Music
    EMI Televisa Music is a record label established in 2005 as a partnership between EMI and Televisa. It focuses on Latin American music.- Artists signed to this label :*A.B...

     (Record Label)
  • EMI Latin
    EMI Latin
    EMI Televisa Music, also known as EMI Latin and EMI International, is a subsidiary of EMI which focuses on Latin American music....

     (Record Label)
  • Televisa Licencias (Merchandising)
  • Televisa Digital (Internet)
  • TuTV (HDTV Network in USA)
  • La Sexta
    La Sexta
    laSexta is the sixth nationwide broadcast television station in Spain. It is privately owned and began broadcasting in 2006.-Programming:....

     (TV Channel in Spain)
  • Más Fondos (Investment Group)
  • Volaris
    Volaris
    Concesionaria Vuela Compañía de Aviación, S.A. de C.V., operating as Volaris, is a low-cost airline from Mexico, and the country's second largest airline after Aeroméxico, thus being a leading competitor in the Mexican domestic market, with a market share of around 13-14% of domestic...

     (Airline) (Sold on July 16, 2010)
  • Playcity Casino (Gambling)
  • Multijuegos (Lotto)


In November 2006, an American embassy cable released via Wikileaks
Wikileaks
WikiLeaks is an international self-described not-for-profit organisation that publishes submissions of private, secret, and classified media from anonymous news sources, news leaks, and whistleblowers. Its website, launched in 2006 under The Sunshine Press organisation, claimed a database of more...

 listed Cablevisión and Sky
Sky
The sky is the part of the atmosphere or outer space visible from the surface of any astronomical object. It is difficult to define precisely for several reasons. During daylight, the sky of Earth has the appearance of a pale blue surface because the air scatters the sunlight. The sky is sometimes...

, both owned by Televisa, among "Mexico's monopolists", with control over a majority of Mexico's cable and satellite television, respectively.

Terrestrial networks

Televisa provides programming throughout Mexico through four networks via local affiliates. 253 Mexican local television stations (54.8 % of the total commercial stations) air programming from all four terrestrial networks.

The four Televisa networks are:
Network
Television network
A television network is a telecommunications network for distribution of television program content, whereby a central operation provides programming to many television stations or pay TV providers. Until the mid-1980s, television programming in most countries of the world was dominated by a small...

Flagship Programming
Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas is one of the cornerstone networks of Televisa, with affiliate stations all over Mexico, flagshipped at XEW-TV in Mexico City. Many of the programs of Canal de las Estrellas are seen in the United States on Univision, Telefutura, and Galavisión...

XEW
XEW-TV
XEW-TV is the call sign assigned to channel 2, a television station in Mexico City, Mexico. The station is owned by Televisa and is the flagship station to the Canal de las Estrellas network. XEW is second oldest Televisa and Mexico City's station, founded in 1951.-References:...

general programming, sports, first-run telenovelas, and news
Canal 5
Canal 5 (Televisa Network)
Canal 5 is a television network owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City and originating from its flagship station, XHGC-TV. Most programming on this station is intended for children and young people, while at night usually features foreign drama and action series, as well a movies...

XHGC youth-oriented programming, American series, and movies
Galavisión
Galavisión (Mexico)
Galavisión is a Mexican television network owned by Televisa. Originating at XEQ-TV in Mexico City, the network is distributed throughout Mexico through affiliates. "Galavisión" should not be confused with Univision's cable TV network of the same name in the United States.-History:Galavisión was...

XEQ
XEQ-TV
XEQ is a Televisa TV station, based in Mexico, Distrito Federal. XEQ is the flagship television station of the Galavisión network ....

telenovelas reruns, sports, and comedy shows
FOROtv
FOROtv
FOROtv is a broadcast television network owned by Televisa, with part-time Televisa Regional affiliate stations all over Mexico. Some of the programs of FOROtv can be seen in the United States on Galavisión. FOROtv is available on various Mexican cable television companies and SKY Mexico satellite...

XHTV news, talk, and debate programming


Televisa beams Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas
Canal de las Estrellas is one of the cornerstone networks of Televisa, with affiliate stations all over Mexico, flagshipped at XEW-TV in Mexico City. Many of the programs of Canal de las Estrellas are seen in the United States on Univision, Telefutura, and Galavisión...

, Canal 5
Canal 5 (Televisa Network)
Canal 5 is a television network owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City and originating from its flagship station, XHGC-TV. Most programming on this station is intended for children and young people, while at night usually features foreign drama and action series, as well a movies...

, and Galavisión
Galavisión (Mexico)
Galavisión is a Mexican television network owned by Televisa. Originating at XEQ-TV in Mexico City, the network is distributed throughout Mexico through affiliates. "Galavisión" should not be confused with Univision's cable TV network of the same name in the United States.-History:Galavisión was...

 all over Mexico via satellite (much like the flagship stations in the United States) to affiliates. In addition, Televisa owns some Televisa-branded regional television stations, airing a mixture of Televisa programming and regional programming from all four Televisa terrestrial networks. FOROtv
XHTV-TV
XHTV , founded in 1950 by Romulo O'Farril, is a flagship TV station of FOROtv. Although FOROtv does not have any full-time affiliates most Televisa locals around the republic select some FOROtv programming for their broadcasting...

 is the only network that only has one full-time affiliate, XHTV, but some of FOROtv's programming can be found on most Televisa Regional
Televisa Regional
Televisa Regional refers to Televisa owned television stations that broadcast select programming from Televisa's Canal de las Estrellas, FOROtv, Canal 5, and/or Galavisión, Televisa Networks and locally produced programming...

 television stations.

Cable

Televisa also operates a subsidiary called
Televisa Networks (it is often still recognized within the entertainment industry by its previous moniker, Visat). This subsidiary is responsible for the distribution of Televisa programmes by satellite. It is Televisa Networks that distributes the Canal de las Estrellas signal via satellite to Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. Other channels under the Televisa Networks umbrella include:
  • American Network
    American Network
    American Network was a cable/satellite television network owned by Televisa. The channel broadcast throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and El Salvador featuring English language programs originating from the United States. Most of the shows were CBS Television Studios-owned or distributed programming....

     (HD) - features US programming.
  • Bandamax
    Bandamax
    Bandamax is a 24-hour cable television music channel owned by Televisa under Televisa Networks. It is available in Mexico, United States, and Latin America. This channel focuses on Mexican and Southern US group music: Banda, Duranguense, Norteña, and Mariachi....

    - a Banda, Norteño and Regional Mexican music station.
  • Canal de las Estrellas
    Canal de las Estrellas
    Canal de las Estrellas is one of the cornerstone networks of Televisa, with affiliate stations all over Mexico, flagshipped at XEW-TV in Mexico City. Many of the programs of Canal de las Estrellas are seen in the United States on Univision, Telefutura, and Galavisión...

     (HD) (Channel Of The Stars) - General Programming
  • Golden and Golden Edge (HD) - movie service, showcasing Hollywood blockbusters and other films.
  • Clásico TV - Classic sitcoms and children's shows with a laughter.
  • De Película
    De Película
    De Película is a 24-hour cable television movie channel owned by Televisa under Televisa Networks. It is available in Mexico, United States, and Latin America. It is broadcast in Australia and New Zealand via UBI World TV. De Pelicula is distributed by TuTv in the U.S. and is available on Dish...

    - Mexican film channel.
  • De Película Clásico
    De Película Clásico
    De Película Clásico is a Spanish-language cable channel dedicated to broadcasting movies of the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s and some movies from the 1960s from Mexico's Golden Age, Época de Oro. It is owned by Televisa under Televisa Networks.-External links:...

    - Mexican classic film channel.
  • Ritmoson Latino - a Spanish language music videos station (It excludes to other Latin languages).
  • TL Novelas
    TL Novelas
    TL Novelas is a Spanish-language cable/satellite channel. It broadcasts only Mexican telenovelas produced by Televisa, which owns the channel. Six different telenovelas are broadcast each day, repeated four times each, from Monday to Friday...

    - a network devoted to telenovela
    Telenovela
    A telenovela is a limited-run serial dramatic programming popular in Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television programming. The word combines tele, short for televisión or televisão , and novela, a Spanish or Portuguese word for "novel"...

    s (soap operas).
  • TeleHit
    TeleHit
    TeleHit is a Mexican cable/satellite television network. Its main programing is music and music videos. It is a network of Televisa and is also available in various countries in Latin America, United States and Spain. Is part of Televisa Networks, an affiliate of Televisa.Telehit became the second...

    - an MTV
    MTV
    MTV, formerly an initialism of Music Television, is an American network based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs....

    -esque station for youth.
  • Televisa Deportes Network
    Televisa Deportes Network
    TDN or Televisa Deportes Network is a channel that specializes in sports. Began broadcasting on July 22, 2009. The signal to Latin America, will be released later...

     (HD)
    - Sports Channel
  • Unicable
    Unicable
    Single Cable Distribution is a satellite TV technology that enables the delivery of broadcast programming to multiple users over a single coaxial cable, and eliminates the numerous cables required to support consumer electronics devices such as twin-tuner Digital Video Recorders and high end...

    - features programming by Univision
    Univision
    Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

     and Originals Productions.

Featured Channels
  • Telemundo
    Telemundo
    Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

     Latin America
    - features programming by Telemundo
    Telemundo
    Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

  • BBC Entertainment
    BBC Entertainment
    BBC Entertainment is an international television channel showcasing comedy, drama, light entertainment and children's programming from the BBC and other UK production houses...

     Latin America
    - features programming by BBC
    BBC
    The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...

  • CBeebies
    CBeebies
    CBeebies is the brand used by the BBC for programming aimed at children 6 years and under. It is used as a themed strand in the UK on terrestrial television, as a separate free-to-air domestic British channel and used for international varients supported by advertising, subscription or both...

     Latin America
    - features programming by CBeebies
    CBeebies
    CBeebies is the brand used by the BBC for programming aimed at children 6 years and under. It is used as a themed strand in the UK on terrestrial television, as a separate free-to-air domestic British channel and used for international varients supported by advertising, subscription or both...

     of BBC
    BBC
    The British Broadcasting Corporation is a British public service broadcaster. Its headquarters is at Broadcasting House in the City of Westminster, London. It is the largest broadcaster in the world, with about 23,000 staff...



Televisa also operates Televisa Radio
XEW-AM
XEW-AM is a radio station in Mexico City, Mexico. It is branded as W-Radio and its slogan is La voz de la América Latina desde México or "The voice of Latin America from Mexico."It began regular broadcasts at 20:00 CST on 18 September 1930...

, under the brand name of "W Radio México"; it is primarily a news and talk station.

Televisa operated Noticias ECO
Noticias ECO
Noticias ECO , also known as ECO News, was a Mexican news channel, which broadcasted from 1 September 1988 to 1 May 2001. It was the first 24-hour news channel in Spanish and was owned by Televisa...

, a 24-hour news channel, between 1988 and 2001.

Televisa operated Galavisión Europa
XEW-TV
XEW-TV is the call sign assigned to channel 2, a television station in Mexico City, Mexico. The station is owned by Televisa and is the flagship station to the Canal de las Estrellas network. XEW is second oldest Televisa and Mexico City's station, founded in 1951.-References:...

, features programming by Televisa and Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

, the channel name was changed in 2006 and is now Canal de las Estrellas in Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

Televisa and Univision

Televisa has an ongoing relation with the US Univision
Univision
Univision is a Spanish-language television network in the United States. It has the largest audience of Spanish language television viewers according to Nielsen ratings. Randy Falco, COO, has been in charge of the company since the departure of Univision Communications president and CEO Joe Uva...

 network, stemming back to the 1960s, when Univision's predecessor, the Spanish International Network (SIN), was owned by Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano
Telesistema Mexicano is the predecessor of Televisa. Telesistema Mexicano was a television alliance made up of the independently owned television flagship stations XEW Canal 2, XHTV Canal 4, and XHGC Canal 5 in Mexico, Distrito Federal.-History:...

, Televisa's predecessor. In 1986, Televisa became embroiled in a scandal with the SIN network news. The management wanted to produce and broadcast a newscast with Jacobo Zabludosky out of Miami. Half of the staff walked out of their jobs alleging Jacobo Zabludosky was a puppet of the Mexican Government who had soft views with Castro's Cuba. The Televisa management was dumbfounded, they decided to move the now renamed Univision Network's HQ to Laguna Niguel, outside of Los Angeles to produce their shows from there including their beleaguered news division. They returned to Miami two years later.

Televisa has been a longtime provider of programming to Univision and its sister networks. However, in recent years, Televisa's relationship with Univision has become strained. It was involved in a dispute with Univisión over the censoring
Censorship
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 and editing of its programming as well as non-payment for transmission of its programming to Univisión's Galavisión and Telefutura
TeleFutura
TeleFutura is a U.S. Spanish-language broadcast television network owned by Univision with headquarters in Miami, Florida.-Overview:TeleFutura Is America’s #2 Spanish-Language Network in prime time...

 networks. In one editing incident, an episode of Con Todo was not shown on Galavisión due to a host appearing in blackface
Blackface
Blackface is a form of theatrical makeup used in minstrel shows, and later vaudeville, in which performers create a stereotyped caricature of a black person. The practice gained popularity during the 19th century and contributed to the proliferation of stereotypes such as the "happy-go-lucky darky...

, and the show did not return to the cable station for two years. A breach of contract
Breach of contract
Breach of contract is a legal cause of action in which a binding agreement or bargained-for exchange is not honored by one or more of the parties to the contract by non-performance or interference with the other party's performance....

 lawsuit against Univisión by Televisa has also been filed.

When Univisión came up for sale, a group including Televisa inquired about taking an up to 25% ownership stake (the maximum allowed by US law for a foreign buyer). However, a group of U.S. private equity firms eventually won Univision.

Televisa is also the former owner of Fonovisa music, which it sold in 2001 to Univision.
Fonovisa is now owned by Universal Music (UMLE).

In October, 2010, Televisa agreed to take a 5% stake in Univision, which it can grow in the future, and to extend and expand the companies' long-term program license agreement. The new program license agreement will include Internet and mobile rights and cover key Mexican football (soccer) rights. The agreement will run through at least 2020, but more likely 2025 or later, compared with the previous deal's 2017 expiration.

Televisa and Telemundo make deal

On March 18, 2008 Televisa and NBC Universal
NBC Universal
NBCUniversal Media, LLC is a media and entertainment company engaged in the production and marketing of entertainment, news, and information products and services to a global customer base...

 announced an 10-year multiplatform agreement that would allow 1000 hours of Telemundo
Telemundo
Telemundo is an American television network that broadcasts in Spanish. The network is the second-largest Spanish-language content producer in the world, and the second-largest Spanish-language network in the United States, behind Univision....

 programming from news, entertainment programs/specials, and sports to be broadcast over not only its Galavision channel (XEQ-TV), but also its SKY Channel and Cablevision cable system starting in April, as well as a planned Telemundo pay TV channel to be launched later in 2008. Marketingymedios On May 19, 2009 Telemundo and Televisa sent out announcement that the joint owned network will come together in August 2009.
The network launched in August and is available on cable and satellite.

Purchase of Nextel Mexico operations

In January 2010 Televisa announced an offer to acquire NII Holdings
NII Holdings
NII Holdings Inc. , a publicly held company based in Reston, Va., provides mobile communications for business customers in Latin America. NII, which operates under the Nextel brand, has operations in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and Peru and offers fully integrated wireless communications...

 (Nextel International). On February 11 Mexico's Federal Competition Commission approved a 20 percent purchase of NII stock, with the operation valued at US$1.6 billion dollars. However, they later ended the agreement

See also

  • Canal de las Estrellas
    Canal de las Estrellas
    Canal de las Estrellas is one of the cornerstone networks of Televisa, with affiliate stations all over Mexico, flagshipped at XEW-TV in Mexico City. Many of the programs of Canal de las Estrellas are seen in the United States on Univision, Telefutura, and Galavisión...

  • FOROtv
    FOROtv
    FOROtv is a broadcast television network owned by Televisa, with part-time Televisa Regional affiliate stations all over Mexico. Some of the programs of FOROtv can be seen in the United States on Galavisión. FOROtv is available on various Mexican cable television companies and SKY Mexico satellite...

  • Canal 5
    Canal 5 (Televisa Network)
    Canal 5 is a television network owned by Televisa, broadcasting from Mexico City and originating from its flagship station, XHGC-TV. Most programming on this station is intended for children and young people, while at night usually features foreign drama and action series, as well a movies...

  • Galavision
    Galavisión (Mexico)
    Galavisión is a Mexican television network owned by Televisa. Originating at XEQ-TV in Mexico City, the network is distributed throughout Mexico through affiliates. "Galavisión" should not be confused with Univision's cable TV network of the same name in the United States.-History:Galavisión was...

  • List of programs broadcast by Televisa
  • List of Broadcasting Companies in Latin America

External links

Televisa website Esmas, Televisa's Internet portal
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