ABC NEWS AND WMUR-TV TO HOST REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE DEBATE

By Coordinator

Dec 15, 2010 2:51pm

Debate to Air on ABC Between the Iowa Caucuses and New Hampshire’s First in the Nation Primary

            ABC News and WMUR-TV, ABC’s Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester, NH, are joining forces once again to host a Republican presidential primary debate in New Hampshire between the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary in 2012.  This debate will be held at a critical moment in the Republican nomination process — just as the primary season gets underway.  The specific date and time of this debate will be determined once the dates for the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary have been determined by state officials. The debate will air locally on WMUR-TV, nationally on the ABC Television Network and will be live-streamed on ABCNews.com and WMUR.com. 

            ABC News and WMUR-TV co-hosted back-to-back Democratic and Republican presidential debates in 2008 at the same time in the primary season, and have enjoyed a long partnership covering “First in the Nation” politics in New Hampshire. In 2008, more than 9 million viewers across the country tuned in to watch the Democratic debate and 7.35 million for the Republican debate. The debates were also among the highest rated programs in WMUR-TV history.

            “The days between Iowa and New Hampshire have often been make-or-break for candidates and we look forward to putting the crucial questions of the day to the contenders for the Republican nomination,” said incoming ABC News President Ben Sherwood.  “We are confident that voters in New Hampshire, and across the country, will be able to make even better decisions after watching this debate.

            “WMUR is proud of our history of partnering with ABC for presidential debates” said Jeff Bartlett, WMUR-TV President and General Manager. “We are looking forward to producing another informative debate just days before the First in the Nation Primary and again providing New Hampshire voters with a critical look at the field of candidates” said Bartlett.

About WMUR-TV & Hearst Television

WMUR-TV is the leading source of television news in New Hampshire, reaching more than one million people, and is the largest commercial television station in the state.  WMUR.com is the most viewed New Hampshire web site for local news.  An ABC affiliate, WMUR is owned by Hearst Television, Inc.  

Hearst Television Inc. owns 29 television stations and two radio stations, in geographically diverse U.S. markets. The Company’s television stations reach approximately 18% of U.S. TV households, making it one of the largest U.S. television station groups.  Hearst owns 13 ABC affiliated stations, and is the largest ABC affiliate group.  The Company owns 10 NBC affiliates, and is the second-largest NBC affiliate owner, and also owns two CBS affiliates. 

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