Univision founder Emilio Nicolas Sr. dead at 88

Emilio Nicolas Sr., the founder of the Spanish-language television network Univision, died Saturday at his San Antonio home. He was 88.

Nicolas took a financially struggling station in San Antonio and helped build it into a powerful voice for Spanish-language television, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Nicolas began his career in television in 1955, when he was hired to work at KCOR-TV in San Antonio, a Spanish-language station owned by his father-in-law, KSAT reported. Nicolas and several investors bought the station and renamed it KWEX, according to KSAT.

As KWEX's general manager, Nicolas rebuilt the station and joined the Spanish International Network, KENS-TV reported.

SIN would later become Univision, which currently reaches more than 95% of Hispanic households across 60 U.S. markets, KENS reported.

Nicolas worked up until three years ago with his son, Guillermo, according to KSAT.

Nicolas is survived by his wife, three children, one sister, five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren, KENS reported.

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