The electoral debates in Castilla y León will be held on January 31 on RTVE and on February 9 on RTVCyL

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The Castilla y León Debates Commission has agreed this Tuesday, after being requested by the Electoral Board, that Televisión Española (RTVE) produce the first signal on January 31 and the private Castilla y León Televisión (RTVCyL) that of the second on January 9 February.

The journalists who make up this commission, including the representative of the Professional Association who was not summoned in the first call -which annulled what was agreed in it-, they have met again in the Cortes of Castilla y León to define how both debates will be developed, with the issues already agreed in their previous meeting.

It will be the chains themselves that finally decide at what time they are broadcast, although the Association of Journalists of Castilla y León has requested that start no later than 9:00 p.m., which has been approved by the Commission by majority. The first will be held in the regional Parliament and the second, at the headquarters of Castilla y León Televisión.

With a Vox appeal pending in the Supreme Court, representatives of the PSOE will participate in the debates –Luis Tudanca-, PP-Alfonso Fernandez Manueco– and Cs –Francisco Igea-, for being the only ones that had their own parliamentary group in the previous legislature, as established by the regional electoral law.

Controversial commission

The celebration of the electoral debates ahead of the elections on February 13 has been involved in controversy from the beginning. On January 14, this commission, which is made up of media professionals from the Community, decided by a majority of its members that RTVCyL should be the one to produce the debates, leaving out RTVE, which had offered to organize at least one of them.

It so happens that the majority of the members who participated in this Commission belong to the media of the same business groups that own RTVCyL, the private regional television, owned by the companies Promecal -Antonio Méndez Pozo- and Edigrup -of the Ulibarri family.

This led to their agreements being challenged and the Castilla y León Electoral Board took action on the matter, which on Monday agreed with both RTVE and the Castilla y León Journalists’ Association in their complaints.

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