Donald Trump

Donald Trump in a December Republican debate. (Robyn Beck / AFP-Getty Images)

Stephen Battaglio
January 19, 2015

The Republican National Committee has made good on its promise to cut NBC out of its primary debate schedule.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement late Monday announcing the cancellation of a partnership with NBC, which was set to carry a primary debate from Houston on Feb. 26. The event will now be staged one night earlier by CNN.

The committee was intent on punishing NBC over what it perceived as harsh treatment from the panel of CNBC moderators at the Oct. 28 Republican primary debate shown on the cable network.

CNBC is owned by NBCUniversal but operates separately from NBC News.

The RNC said NBC’s Spanish-language network Telemundo, the conservative journal National Review and radio group Salem Communications will remain as partners in the debate, which was moved to Feb. 25 to take advantage of higher TV usage levels on Thursday nights.

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