Dr. Delgado's Response to AT&T's Blackout of Univision on U-verse

Statement of Dr. Jane L. Delgado, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health

Mar 04, 2016, 18:20 ET from National Alliance for Hispanic Health

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a letter to AT&T today, Jane L. Delgado, PhD, MS, President and CEO of the National Alliance for Hispanic Health stated the following —

I am writing to express my grave concern that U-verse subscribers have lost access to Univision, Unimás, Galavision, and other Spanish-language networks owned by Univision Communications Inc. Univison is a critical link to news and information for the Hispanic community and this development does harm to those in the communities served by U-verse.

Only a few weeks ago, AT&T's Senior VP of Federal Regulatory emphasized the company's commitment to "growing the base of minority programming." Given this and other public statements, I find it unacceptable that U-verse subscribers have lost access to Univision programming. Univision's programming is critical to the Hispanic community. It provides vital, industry-leading news and information to Hispanic families around the nation.   

AT&T simply cannot claim to be serious about promoting minority programming without carrying the most-watched Spanish-language network in the United States. I expect AT&T to rectify this situation by demonstrating that it values Spanish-language and minority-serving programming in the same manner as its English-language counterparts.

About the National Alliance for Hispanic Health (The Alliance)
The Alliance is the nation's foremost science-based source of information and trusted advocate for the health of Hispanics in the United States with a mission to achieve the best health outcomes for all.  For more information visit us http://www.hispanichealth.org.



SOURCE National Alliance for Hispanic Health