September 28, 2010

KGW NewsChannel 8 to Broadcast Gubernatorial Debate

Belo station and The Oregonian sponsor state's only televised debate

PORTLAND, OR - KGW NewsChannel 8 will broadcast the only currently scheduled televised gubernatorial debate live from the KGW studios this Thursday, September 30 from 7-8 PM. KGW NewsChannel 8 and The Oregonian are joint sponsors in bringing John Kitzhaber and Chris Dudley together to give voters the opportunity to see the candidates in an unscripted forum. KGW NewsChannel 8 anchor Tracy Barry will moderate.

Discussions have been underway since August to confirm a day and format agreeable to both candidates. The debate will begin with 25 minutes of questions from Oregonian political reporter Jeff Mapes and KGW NewsChannel 8 anchor Laural Porter. Each candidate will have the opportunity to answer and respond with a rebuttal. The second half of the program will be comprised of questions from the studio audience.

KGW NewsChannel 8 is making the debate available statewide to other television stations and radio stations in Bend, Medford, and Eugene through underwriting from the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. Alpha Broadcasting will carry the debate on its radio stations in Portland.

Following the one-hour debate on KGW NewsChannel 8's primary channel, KGW will continue with a half-hour analysis of the debate from a roundtable panel exclusively on its digital channel, KGW 24/7. The new channel is seen over the air on KGW 8.2 and on Comcast 308. KGW NewsChannel 8's anchor Joe Donlon will moderate that discussion. The panel will include talk show host Lars Larson of KXL, Jeff Mapes of The Oregonian, and David Sarasohn, political columnist from The Oregonian.

"We're pleased to be able to provide voters the opportunity to see the two candidates for the gubernatorial race in a televised debate. This is an important process in our democracy," said DJ Wilson, president and general manager of the KGW Media Group. "We're grateful for the joint effort from The Oregonian in navigating the discussions between the two campaigns to make this debate possible. Thanks also to the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for making it available via satellite to the entire state."

About Belo Corp.
KGW is part of Belo Corp. (BLC), one of the nation's largest pure-play, publicly-traded television companies, that owns and operates 20 television stations (nine in the top 25 markets) and their associated Web sites. Belo stations, which include affiliations with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CW and MyNetwork TV, reach more than 14 percent of U.S. television households in 15 highly-attractive markets. Belo stations rank first or second in nearly all of their local markets. Additional information is available at www.belo.com or by contacting Brenda Buratti, Director of Programming and Creative Services, KGW, at 503-226-5130


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