ABC News, Univision set plans for news net venture

Fusion cabler aimed at English-speaking Latinos to bow by year's end

ABC and Univision’s new lifestyle and news network for Hispanics has a name: Fusion.

The network, which will launch in the second half of this year, is designed to be an “indispensable meeting place for English-speaking Latinos,” according to ABC News president Ben Sherwood, aimed at a “young, vibrant and media hungry audience.” A goal is to cater to an underserved demographic that is the fastest growing in the country.

Cablevision, Cox, Charter, AT&T U-verse and Google Fiber have so far agreed to carry the network, which will be based in Miami.

No specific programming has been announced, but ABC and Univision say programming will focus on the economy, entertainment, music, food, immigration, pop culture, education, politics, health and wellness.

“Fusion will bring together diverse cultures, voices and viewpoints,” said Univision News prexy Isaac Lee. “We will explore the realities shaping the world, give Latinos a voice in the American conversation and deliver personally relevant local, national and global perspectives.”