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(June 15, 2001) MIAMI -- Spanish-language media group Univision Communications is acquiring stations in Puerto Rico, marking its entry into that key market. Univision will purchase the WLII and WSUR stations from Montgomery, Alabama-based Raycom Media. Terms were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close in the first quarter of 2002.

Univision will maintain the existing programming on both stations. Smaller U.S. rival network Telemundo lays claim to Puerto Rico's No. 1 station, which airs some programming from Mexican media conglomerate Televisa.

Univision has an exclusive supply agreement with Televisia for its U.S. network, but the accord does not extend to Puerto Rico.

Univision is planning to launch a second Spanish-language network in the U.S. in January, and is engaged in on-going negotiations with Televisa for programming for the second network.

It appears that no decision has yet been made on whether to integrate the Puerto Rican stations into the soon-to-be-launched network.

Univision also announced that it has completed the acquisition of USA Broadcasting's interests in stations in Atlanta, Dallas, Miami and Washington. -- Mary Sutter

Copyright June 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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