Telemundo to become first Spanish-language channel to host Dem presidential debate

Telemundo in June will become the first Spanish-language network to host a Democratic presidential debate.
 
The network will co-host the first Democratic 2020 presidential debate with NBC News and MSNBC, and it will be broadcast live in English and Spanish over TV and digital platforms.
 
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"The choice is not by accident: Latinos have become a critical constituency for any aspiring political candidate in the United States, and Telemundo is the leading Hispanic network in the country," wrote Cesar Conde, chairman of NBCUniversal International Group and Telemundo Enterprises, and Luis Fernandez, executive vice president of Noticias Telemundo, in an internal memo obtained by The Hill.
 
The debate will air over two days to accommodate the large number of primary contenders.
 
"Because campaigns are won on the strength of their grassroots, we also updated the threshold, giving all types of candidates the opportunity to reach the debate stage and giving small-dollar donors a bigger voice in the primary than ever before,” said Democratic National Committee Chair Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE in a statement.
 
Perez also announced a second debate to be hosted by CNN, possibly also in back-to-back primetime showings, on its main network, CNN International, and CNN en Español.
 
Conde and Fernandez credited the Telemundo newsroom for its role in landing the debate. 
 
"We can't think of a better way to kick off and lead the 2020 electoral cycle. We are living at a critical time that could redefine the role of the Hispanic community in our country. Our news department is doing an outstanding job, and it is important we continue to address the anxieties and fears with trustworthy, rigorous, relevant and accurate information," they wrote.
 
Telemundo, NBC News and MSNBC all belong to NBCUniversal.