WFSB and CPBN to Host Final Connecticut Primary Gubernatorial Debates

Release Date: 07/20/2010

Democratic Debate – Airs Tuesday, August 3 at 3 PM on WFSB and WNPR; Rebroadcast at 7 PM on Eyewitness News Now Cable Channel; 8 PM on CPTV and WNPR

Republican Debate – Airs Wednesday, August 4 at 3 PM on WFSB and WNPR; Rebroadcast at 7 PM on Eyewitness News Now Cable Channel; 8 PM on CPTV and WNPR

 
WFSB-TV, Channel 3 and the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network, parent company of CPTV (Connecticut Public Television) and WNPR (Connecticut Public Radio), have teamed up to host two gubernatorial debates at the WFSB studios in Rocky Hill.
 
The Democratic candidates, Ned Lamont and Dan Malloy, have been invited to debate the issues on Tuesday, August 3. Dan Malloy has accepted the invitation and will participate. At the time of this press release, Ned Lamont has declined the invitation and will not participate. The Democratic Gubernatorial Debate will be broadcast on Channel 3 WFSB and WNPR at 3 PM. Eyewitness News Now cable channel will rebroadcast the debate at 7PM. CPTV and WNPR will rebroadcast the debate at 8 PM.
 
The Republican candidates, Michael Fedele, Thomas Foley and Oz Griebel, have agreed to debate the issues on Wednesday, August 4. The Republican Gubernatorial Debate will be broadcast on Channel 3 WFSB and WNPR at 3 PM. Eyewitness News Now cable channel will rebroadcast the debate at 7PM.CPTV and WNPR will rebroadcast the debate at 8 PM.
 
Dennis House, Eyewitness News anchor and Face the State host, and John Dankosky, WNPR news director and host of Where We Live, will serve as co-moderators. In this series of debates, viewers can submit questions for the candidates by going to WFSB.COM or WFSB’s Face the State Facebook page.
 
The primary election is August 10, 2010, and the general election is November 2, 2010.
 
“Both organizations are excited to bring our significant media resources together to serve the state at a critical time in politics,” said Dean Orton, senior vice president, CPBN. “These debates offer a major and unique statewide platform for the candidates, and, most importantly, they provide the citizens of Connecticut an opportunity to deepen their understanding of the issues.”
 
 
About WFSB TV
WFSB TV is Connecticut’s most watched television station and is owned and operated by Meredith Broadcasting. Meredith Corporation (NYSE: MDP; www.meredith.com) is one of the nation's leading media and marketing companies with businesses centering on magazine and book publishing, television broadcasting, integrated marketing and interactive media. Meredith owns or operates 12 television stations that reach nearly 10 percent of television households across the country and one radio station: WGCL-TV (CBS), Atlanta; KPHO-TV (CBS), Phoenix; KPDX-TV (MyNetwork), Portland, OR; KPTV (FOX), Portland, OR; WFSB-TV (CBS), Hartford-New Haven, CT; WSMV-TV (NBC) Nashville, TN; KCTV (CBS), Kansas City, MO; KSMO (MyNetwork), Kansas City, MO; WHNS-TV (FOX), Greenville-Spartanburg-Anderson, SC-Asheville, NC; WNEM-TV (CBS), Flint-Saginaw, MI; KVVU-TV (FOX), Las Vegas, NV; TN; WSHM, (CBS), Springfield, MA; and radio station WNEM-AM in Saginaw-Bay City, MI. 
 
About Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network
The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CBPN) includes CPTV and WNPR. CPTV, a media service of CPBN, is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including UConn Women’s Basketball, original documentaries and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. CBPN also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves over 200,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show and Where We Live. Overall, the network brings a broad spectrum of public affairs, entertainment, sports and educational programming to viewers, listeners and readers. For more information, visit www.cpbn.org.
 
Contact: Greg Thomas (860) 244-1566 at WFSB
Carol Sisco (860) 275-7212 at CPBN – CPTV/WNPR
 
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