WBUR, The Globe, NECN and WGBH Collaborate to Host Mayoral Debate

in News Releases, WBUR
July 24th, 2009

Contact: Phil Gloudemans, 617-353-6546 | philipg@bu.edu

(Boston) – WBUR, The Boston Globe, NECN and WGBH-TV announced today that they have joined forces to present a Boston mayoral debate live from the Kennedy Library on Monday, October 19 from 7-8 p.m.

The showdown between the final two mayoral candidates will air on WBUR, 90.9 FM, Boston’s NPR news station, NECN and WGBH’s “Greater Boston,” and will include questions from both reporters and citizens in front of a live audience. Moderators and additional details will be announced at a later date.

The general election will occur on November 3.

About WBUR
One of New England’s leading sources of news and information, WBUR, 90.9 FM, 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,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” 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 three prestigious Edward R. Murrow Awards in the 2007 Radio-Television News Director Association’s (RTNDA) annual national electronic journalism competition.

About The Boston Globe
The Boston Globe is wholly owned by The New York Times Company, a leading media company with 2008 revenues of $2.9 billion, which includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, The Boston Globe, 15 other daily newspapers, WQXR-FM and more than 50 Web sites, including NYTimes.com, Boston.com and About.com. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating, collecting and distributing high-quality news, information and entertainment.

About NECN
NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country, with 3.7 million subscribers in more than 1,100 cities and towns in all six New England states. The station specializes in long-form journalism, producing documentaries and extensive local and national political coverage. For more information on NECN, go to www.necn.com.

About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster, producing such celebrated national PBS series as Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George 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 María 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.

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