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Foro TV (Canal 4 XHTV-TV)

The channel Canal 4 XHTV-TV was transmitted in the Mexican capital for six decades, and in 2010 it extended to the whole country as pay TV. The channel changes form and FOROtv gets created as 24 hours news channel. In January 2017, Grupo Televisa S.A.B and Univision announce that they will work together in the development and production of content, excluding the news.

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Grupo Televisa S.A.B.


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Grupo Televisa S.A.B is the owner of the high-definition channel brand FOROtv and of the concessionary of the open TV channel Canal 4 XHTV-TV in Mexico City. The concessionary company of this channel is Televimex S.A. de C.V. which belongs to Televisión Independiente de México S.A. de C.V. with 99.02%. On the other hand, Televisión Independiente de México S.A. de C.V. is ownership of Grupo Televisa S.A.B. 

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Rómulo O'Farrill Silva - Businessman and owner of the newspaper Novedades and of a car assembly plant in the State of Puebla. In 1949 he wins the first concession in the country for a TV channel, which was canal 4 XHTV, today named as FOROtv. In 1955, together with Emilo Azcárraga Vidaurreta he co-founded Telesistema Mexicano S.A de C.V., company which in the 1970s becomes Televisión Vía Satélite S.A (Televisa). His only son, Rómulo Antonio O’Farril, also businessman in the media sector got married with Hilda Ávila Camacho, the niece of the former Mexican President Manuel Ávila Camacho.

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Bernardo Gómez Martínez - Executive Co-president of Grupo Televisa since January 2018 (before that he was Executive Vice President). Gómez is a member of the Managing board of Univisión Communications Inc.

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María Guadalupe Morales López - President of the National Chamber of Commerce, Service and Tourism in Morelia (autonomous institution of public character). María Guadalupe and her children José Humberto and Loucille Martínez Morales are the owners of Televisión de Michoacán S.A. de C.V. - the concessionary company of channel XHFX-TDT in the State of Michoacán which freely broadcasts the channel FOROtv with local programmes. The company is part of Grupo de Interés Económico as is the case with Grupo Televisa S.A.B.


Address: Av. Vasco de Quiroga 2000, Colonia Santa Fe, Delegación Álvaro Obregón, C.P. 01210

Telephone: (+52 55) 52 61 2000



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In its 2017 anual report about investors at the Mexican Stock Exchange Market, Grupo Televisa S.A.B reports about Univision Communications Inc. as the owner and the operator of FOROtv, but it does not specify if it refers to the local open TV channel and/or the pay TV broadcasted in Mexico and the United States.

Univision Communications Inc. incluye a FOROtv como parte del conglomerado y lo describe como un canal de noticias internacionales en español.

Univision Communications Inc. incluye a FOROtv entre los canales vía cable de su propiedad y lo describe como un canal de noticias de México e internacionales.

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