WGBH and WBUR, in Partnership with Boston University’s College of Communication, Present: “Election ’08: Media and the Message”

Contact: Colin Riley, 617-353-2240 | criley@bu.edu

(Boston) — In advance of the 2008 presidential election, Greater Boston and On Point examine what the media is covering and why. WGBH-TV and WBUR 90.9 FM, in partnership with Boston University’s College of Communication, present “Election ’08: Media and the Message.” Greater Boston host Emily Rooney will co-moderate the show with Tom Ashbrook, host of WBUR and National Public Radio’s On Point, and the show will feature a studio audience of Boston University students. Greater Boston will produce the program in WGBH’s Calderwood Studio in the afternoon on November 2, and broadcast it that evening.

Confirmed panelists include: nationally syndicated columnist Ellen Goodman; Politico’s Jonathan Martin; Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, who managed media relations in 40 states for Al Gore in 2000; Marion Just, Wellesley college professor and author of Crosstalk: Citizens, Candidates and the Media in a Presidential Campaign; Kevin Madden, national press secretary for former governor Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign; and John Carroll of “Beat the Press” and Boston University.

The program will air jointly on WGBH 2 and WBUR, and clips of the program will be available for streaming at www.wgbh.org/greaterboston.

Greater Boston airs weeknights at 7pm on WGBH 2 and encores at midnight on WGBH 2 and at 11pm on the digital channel WGBH World (Comcast 209, RCN 94 and Verizon FiOS 873). Greater Boston is also available through On Demand, found on Comcast Channel 1 at no additional cost to Comcast Digital Cable customers. The Greater Boston program airing on Monday through Thursday is available for 48 hours after initial broadcast; Friday’s “Beat the Press” is available for seven days after broadcast.

Local sponsorship of Greater Boston is generously provided by Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Northeastern University.

On Point is WBUR’s live morning news program that covers each day’s important news developments and conducts conversations with newsmakers and thinkers from around the world. The live, two-hour program is broadcast from 10am to 12noon ET in Boston, and at various other times on more than 70 stations around the country.

About WGBH

WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece Theatre, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur and more than a dozen other award-winning primetime, lifestyle and children’s series. Boston’s last remaining independent TV station, WGBH produces local TV productions (among them, Greater Boston, Basic Black and Maria Hinojosa One-on-One) that focus on the region’s diverse community, while WGBH 89.7 FM is Boston’s NPR Arts & Culture station, offering a rich menu of classical, jazz, blues, news programming and more. WGBH is the leading producer of online content for pbs.org—one of the most-visited dot-org sites on the Internet—a major producer for public radio and a pioneer in developing educational multimedia and new technologies that make media accessible for people with disabilities. For its efforts, WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors, including Oscars, Emmys, Peabodys and duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards. Visit WGBH on the Web at www.wgbh.org.

About WBUR

One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, is owned and operated by Boston University and is a member of National Public Radio. WBUR also broadcasts a selection of BBC programs and locally produced programs such as Here & Now, On Point, Only a Game and Car Talk. WBUR has won more than 100 major awards for its news coverage, including several George Foster Peabody Awards, the Associated Press News Station of the year for 2003-05, and recently, three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.