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Comcast on the hunt for Hispanic American networks

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As part of its commitment to the Federal Communications Commission, Comcast put out the word Wednesday that it is accepting proposals to add two Hispanic American-owned, independent English-language networks to its line up.

The condition, imposed on Comcast when it acquired NBCUniversal in 2011, requires Comcast to launch 10 independently owned and operated networks by 2019. Of the 10, four must be majority African-American owned, two operated by Hispanic American programmers, two substantially Hispanic American owned, and two independent.

So far, Comcast has launched five independent networks, including ASPiRE (with basketball legend Magic Johnson), BabyFirst Americas, BBC World News, El Rey (partnered with director Robert Rodrigues and Univision), and REVOLT TV (with Sean Combs).

Proposals are due Oct. 9. Comcast expects to make a final selection “in the coming months.”