September 7, 2004

TXCN to televise first debate between 32nd District Congressional Candidates

Dallas, TX -- Texas Cable News (TXCN) will televise the first debate between the candidates for United States Congress from the 32nd Congressional District on Sunday, September 12, 2004. The debate is sponsored by the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas (WACGD) in cooperation with Texas Cable News, and The Dallas Morning News and UT Southwestern Medical Center.

TXCN, Cable Channel 38 in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, will carry the 60-minute debate in its entirety beginning at 7:30 p.m. Central Time, immediately following the regularly scheduled Dallas Cowboy Postgame Show. TXCN will replay the debate Sunday night at 10 p.m.

The contest between Rep. Martin Frost (D-Dallas) and Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Dallas) has been identified as one of five key national races by the non-partisan Cook Political Report. Sessions and Frost have agreed to answer questions about international affairs and national security issues.

"We would like to commend the candidates for choosing to discuss international issues" Jim Falk, President of the World Affairs Council said.

According to the Pew Research Center, the 2004 election will be the first since the Vietnam era in which foreign affairs and national security issues are a higher public priority than the economy. Currently, four-in-ten Americans (41%) cite international and defense issues such as the Iraq war and terrorism as the most important problems facing the country, while just a quarter of the public (26%) offers economic concerns.

Rena Pederson, editor at large of The Dallas Morning News, will moderate the debate. Members of the World Affairs Council have been asked to submit questions in advance via email.

TXCN is distributed to customers of Comcast and Charter Communications in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Across Texas, TXCN is also available to customers of Time Warner Cable, Cable One of Texarkana and U.S. Cable of West Texas.

About the World Affairs Council of Greater Dallas
The WACGD is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization established in 1951 to expand public understanding of international affairs and United States foreign policy among the citizens of Dallas. Through its speaker programs, international exchanges and other outreach activities, the Council gives its members and the public opportunities to better understand global issues. The Council's activities are funded by its members and charitable contributions. For more information about the Council and it activities, please visit or call (214) 965-8400.

About Texas Cable News
TXCN is part of Belo Corp., 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 7,900 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 15 markets) reaching 13.8 percent of U.S. television households; owns or operates seven cable news channels; and manages one television station through a local marketing agreement. Belo's daily newspapers include 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 more than 30 Web sites, several interactive alliances and a broad range of Internet-based products. Additional information, including earnings releases, is available online at For more information, contact Steve Ackermann, TXCN executive news director, at 214.977.4502.