NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo Will Cohost Democratic Party’s First Presidential Debate For 2020

By A.J. Katz 

The Democratic Party candidates for the presidency will bring the heat to Miami in June.

NBC News, MSNBC and Telemundo will officially host the first Democratic presidential primary debate of the 2020 presidential cycle on back-to-back nights, Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27, 2019.

The prime time events will be broadcast live across all three networks with real-time Spanish-language translations on Telemundo, the NBCU-owned Spanish language broadcast network which calls Miami home.


In addition, the two-night special event will also be streamed for free on NBC News’ digital properties, including NBCNews.com, MSNBC.com, NBC News Mobile App, and OTT apps in addition to Telemundo’s digital platforms.

This is solid consolation for the city of Miami, which lost its bid to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention to Milwaukee.

“We are honored to be the first Spanish-language network to bring the first democratic presidential primary debate to the U.S. Hispanic audience, right here from our own back yard,” Cesar Conde, chairman, NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises said in a statement. “We will leverage all our resources at our Miami headquarters Telemundo Center to make sure we provide the most comprehensive and robust coverage of these important debates, in the language our audience prefers. We are living at a critical time that could redefine the role of the Hispanic community in our country. We want to ensure Hispanics are engaged and have access to trustworthy, reliable and relevant information to make decisions from the moment the 2020 electoral cycle starts.”

The DNC and NBC News already announced the partnership between the two organizations for the first presidential primary debate last month, but had yet to confirm a specific time and date.