Primetime Debate to be Held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 in Manchester, New Hampshire
ABC News, Yahoo! News, and WMUR-TV, ABC's Hearst-owned affiliate in Manchester, NH, are joining forces to host a Republican presidential candidate debate in New Hampshire on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The debate occurs at a critical moment in the Republican nomination process - just four days after the Iowa caucuses and three days before the Granite State's first in the nation primary. It will be the only broadcast network debate in primetime before the primary airing from 9:00-11:00pm/ET ( 6:00-8:00pm/PT) from Saint Anselm College. The debate will air live nationally on the ABC Television Network, locally on WMUR-TV and will be moderated by ABC's Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos; they will be joined by WMUR-TV anchor Josh McElveen.
The credentialing deadline was Tuesday, January 3. A Press/Media credential will grant journalists access to the filing center, not the debate hall. A "Press/Media" credential will grant access to the press filing center only. A "Spin/Media" will grant access to both the press filing center and the spin room.
PRESS CREDENTIAL PICK-UP
Journalists may pick up their credentials in the vestibule area at the entrance of the Carr Center (identified in green on the attached map) on Saturday, January 7 beginning at 10 a.m. Media will be required to present photo identification (passport, state ID, or driver's license) AND a company ID upon check-in at the press file center on the day of the debates.
Freelancers may provide a signed letter on company letterhead in lieu of a media company ID. Journalists must wear their credential so that it is visible at all times.
PRESS FILING CENTER & SPIN ROOM
STILL PHOTOGRAPHY INSIDE THE DEBATE HALL
ABC News will provide complete photo coverage of the debate. If you would like to be added to the photo distribution list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to the debate.
Due to very limited space, there will be a tight pool of photographers chosen by ABC News and the debate sponsors to photograph the candidates. There will be limited access for photographers to the cover the debate while it is in progress. Details regarding members of the photo pool and site specific logistics will be announced in advance and on site in Manchester, NH.
NOTE : As noted in the initial request document, a press credential request does NOT guarantee a place in the photo pool.
PHONE LINES & WIRED ETHERNET
The deadline for ordering hard phone lines has passed. Only those who indicated they needed a hard line on the request form will have one provided.
Media outlets wishing to request interviews ABC News anchors or correspondents should contact David Ford ( email@example.com).
SATELLITE TRUCK PARKING
GENERAL MEDIA PARKING
Parking for media will be available on the south east side of the press filing center off of Rundlett Hill Road on Saint Anselm College's campus (identified in blue on the attached map). Signs for media parking will be posted on campus directing news organizations to the media parking area.
You must present a company issued ID when parking on campus. If you are a freelance journalist and do not have a company issued ID, your ABC-issued credential may be used in its place.
REPORTING FROM THE SPIN ROOM
ABC News photography plans to electronically distribute photographs of the debates several times throughout the night. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the photo distribution list.
Beginning at 11:00 p.m., ET on Saturday, January 7, 2012 , non-ABC News outlets, including Internet media, may excerpt up to 3:00 minutes of material from the debate for their regularly scheduled news programs with appropriate credit (outlined below) to ABC News.
Beginning at 5:00 a.m., ET (Sunday, January 8, 2012), non-ABC News outlets, including Internet media, may make use of additional clips of the debate with appropriate credit (outlined below) to ABC News. Clips cannot exceed 5:00 minutes in length. Media outlets may use clips of the debate through the end of the 2012 election cycle, but may not rebroadcast the debate in its entirety unless granted permission by ABC News.
Media outlets should record ABC News' over-the-air signal.
Mandatory credit is required as follows:
Please note: footage from the debates may not be used for any commercial purpose, including fundraising, advertisements, promotions, or marketing of any kind.
ABC News reserves all of its rights and remedies in the event of any violation of its rights.