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ABC News, Univision Discussing English-Language News Network

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The channel would target U.S. Hispanics and could launch before the November elections.

Walt Disney's ABC News and Spanish-language media giant Univision Communications are in talks to launch an English-language 24-hour cable news channel targeting U.S. Hispanics, the Wall Street Journal reported.

If they manage to finalize a deal, the companies could get the channel up and running before the November elections, the paper said, citing people familiar with the plans.

Discussions about the potential venture have been going on for more than six months, led  by ABC News president Ben Sherwood and Univision Networks president Cesar Conde, according to the Journal.

Under one structure they have considered, Disney would be responsible for advertising sales and distribution, so it could leverage its power based on the ESPN franchise to get the news network into households.

Spokespeople for the Disney-ABC Television Group and Univision declined to comment, the paper said.

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