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Univision’s Rodriguez upped

New prez to o'see Telefutura, Galavision, Univision Sports

MIAMI — Univision Communications is upping network prexy Ray Rodriguez to president and chief operating officer of Univision Networks, a new position, the Spanish-lingo media company is expected to announce today.

Rodriguez will now oversee second network Telefutura as well as cable net Galavision and Univision Sports, in addition to the flagship Univision broadcast network. Telefutura is scheduled to bow in January on the former USA broadcasting stations, which Univision acquired for $1.1 billion.

Rodriguez will remain in Miami and continue to report to Univision Communications chairman and CEO Jerry Perenchio, who is based at corporate headquarters in Los Angeles.

Lucia Ballas-Traynor, general manager of Galavision, and David Downs, president of Univision Sports, will now report to Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has served as Univision Network prexy since December 1992, joining the predecessor company in 1990. He became a director of Univision Communications in 1996.

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