Randy Falco, current president and CEO of Univision, is willing to create a forum for the presidential candidates after the Commission for Presidential Debates fail to select a Latino to moderate one of three confirmed presidential debates. (Photo : Reuters)
Univision's president and chief executive officer (CEO) has filed a formal complaint to the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) after seeing no Latino presence in the upcoming presidential and vice-presidential debates.
In a letter to CPD's Executive Director Janet Brown, the Spanish-language network executive, Randy Falco, said he is disappointed on behalf of the "millions of Hispanics who do not have a voice in the upcoming presidential debates."
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Falco added it is evident there is no Latino voices due to the selection of moderators.
The CPD announced on Monday that CBS' Bob Schieffer, CNN's Candy Crowley, PBS' Jim Lehrer, and ABC's Martha Raddatz will moderate the three presidential and one vice-presidential debates. The decision to add Crowley and Raddatz was viewed as positive as it is the first time a woman moderated the presidential debate in twenty years.
But there is no one of color present to moderate, a first since 1996.
"We recognize and have great respect for the important role that the [CPD] plays in providing a critical source of information about the candidates which is why it is surprising that not one moderator is Hispanic," wrote Falco.
The Univision CEO added his network is willing to create a forum for the presidential candidates and suggested fellow Univision journalists Jorge Ramos and Maria Elena Salinas as moderators.
No word yet from Brown or the CDP.