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Hispanic Group Disappointed in GOP Debate Decision

Alex Nogales, president of the National Hispanic Media Coalition, was not happy to hear that the GOP had suspended plans for a presidential candidate debate targeted to Spanish-language viewers.

"I'm disappointed that they don't have an interest in serving the Latino community," he told B&C. "We want to know what is going on with all of these individuals."

The RNC Friday "suspended" plans for the debate on NBCUniversal's Telemundo Spanish-language network over issues with CNBC's handling of the Oct. 28 debate. CNBC is also owned by NBCU.

"NBC is English-language, CNBC is English language," said Nogales. "Telemundo is Spanish-language. This is a different audience."

NHMC pushed the same NBCU to cut ties with Donald Trump, the front-runner for most of the campaign, after his disparaging comments about Mexican immigrants.

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.