Debate translation

Univision to co-host Dems' first square-off

MIAMI — Univision Network will co-produce the first Democratic presidential candidate debate with MacNeil/Lehrer Productions and air a Spanish-lingo broadcast two days after the live debate.

The 90-minute debate, featuring all nine currently announced candidates, will air on PBS live from Albuquerque on Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. ET.

It’s the first in a series of six debates facilitated by the Democratic National Committee.

The PBS Sept. 4 broadcast will include a simultaneous SAP track with real-time Spanish-lingo translations.

Univision Network will then air the program in Spanish on Sept. 6 at 11 a.m. ET.

The debate will be moderated by Ray Suarez, senior correspondent for “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” on PBS, and Maria Elena Salinas, co-anchor of Univision’s nightly national newscast “Noticiero Univision.”

New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson, recently named Chair of the 2004 Democratic National Convention, will co-host the event, along with members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Separately, Univision has renewed the contract of host Cristina Saralegui for her 15th consecutive year with the U.S. Spanish-lingo broadcaster.

“Univision has been my home for the past 15 years, and I hope to stay with them for the rest of my career,” Saralegui said. “Together we have seen the growth of our people and the coming of age of our media.”

Contract calls for Saralegui and her husband-manager Marcos Avila to continue as exec producers of “The Cristina Show.”

Program bowed in 1989 on Univision and ran as a daily afternoon talker for 12 years. In 2000, it was relaunched as a Monday night yakker at 10.