August 20, 2003
WWL-TV to host two live, statewide debates for leading candidates in the Louisiana governors race
New Orleans, LA -- As the crowded race for Louisiana governor takes shape and heats up, WWL-TV, Channel Four will join television stations from across the state to broadcast two live, hour-long debates for this year's gubernatorial campaign.
Prior to the primary election, "Eye on Louisiana: the Gubernatorial Debate" will originate from WWL-TV's French Quarter studios in New Orleans on Wednesday, October 1, at 7 p.m. The second debate, prior to the runoff election, will be held Wednesday, November 12, at 7 p.m. Channel Four's Eyewitness News anchor Dennis Woltering will moderate both debates.
The list of top-rated stations in each market that will simulcast the events and provide debate panelists includes: WWL-TV, New Orleans; WAFB-TV, Baton Rouge; KLFY-TV, Lafayette; KNOE-TV, Monroe; and KTBS-TV, Shreveport.
Candidates will be invited to participate in the primary debate based on the results of a statewide poll of registered voters conducted by Loyola University Institute of Politics Director Ed Renwick.
WWL-TV, Channel Four is a subsidiary of the Belo media group.Belo Corp. is one of the nation's largest media companies with a diversified group of market-leading television, newspaper, cable and interactive media assets. A Fortune 1000 company with approximately 7,800 employees and $1.4 billion in annual revenues, Belo operates news and information franchises in some of America's most dynamic markets and regions, including Texas, the Northwest, the Southwest, Rhode Island, and the Mid-Atlantic region. Belo owns 19 television stations (six in the top 16 markets) reaching 13.7 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates nine cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo publishes four daily newspapers: The Dallas Morning News, The Providence Journal, The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, CA) and the Denton Record-Chronicle (Denton, TX). Belo Interactive's new media businesses include 34 Web sites, several interactive alliances, and a broad range of Internet-based products. For More Information, Contact:Mark Swinney, Eyewitness News Special Projects Director at (504) 529-6308 or