NBC news chief slammed for ‘absurd’ claim that Trump town hall was ‘motivated only by fairness’
Donald Trump and Joe Biden (AFP)

When NBC announced that they'd be hosting a town hall featuring President Trump on the same night ABC is hosting a town hall with Joe Biden, the backlash was swift, with people accusing the network of giving Trump "exactly what he wants" by helping him to overshadow Biden.

In a statement released this Thursday, NBCU news chief Cesar Conde said that if the network were to move the Trump town hall to a later time slot so as to not conflict with Biden's town hall, "we would be violating our commitment to offer both campaigns access to the same audience and the same forum."

That explanation didn't go over so well with some who were critical of the initial decision.