September 26, 2012
Contact: Betsy Robertson, Community Relations Manager
Live on KING, KOMO, KIRO, KCPQ and NWCN on October 11
SEATTLE— Gubernatorial candidates Jay Inslee (D) and Rob McKenna (R) have agreed to a one hour live debate to be aired on five stations at the same time. The debate will be October 11 from 9:00- 10:00 PM. The unprecedented partnership between KCPQ, KING, KIRO, KOMO, and NWCN provides the widest possible audience for the candidates to speak directly to voters. The broadcast will also be made available to all television and radio stations in the state.
The debate will be held at the KOMO studios in Seattle and will be moderated by Glenn Johnson, Professor of Communications at Washington State University. The candidates will be questioned by a panel of anchors and reporters including Jean Enersen from KING 5, Dan Lewis from KOMO TV, Angela Russell from KIRO, and C.R. Douglas from KCPQ.
"This is a rare moment for competitors to set aside rivalries and work together as colleagues,” said Mark Ginther, Executive News Director at KING and NWCN. “It reflects the seriousness of our election season and the weight of the decision voters will be asked to make in November.”
Inslee and McKenna agreed in August to a debate co-sponsored by KING 5 and the Seattle Times and carried on KIRO Radio. That debate is set for October 16, three weeks before Election Day. It will be held in the KING 5 studios and televised live from 8:00-9:00pm, immediately following the second Presidential debate. It will also be carried live on king5.com, NWCN and KIRO radio.
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