Boston Stations Channel Debate

NECN, WBZ, ’RKO to Also Air Oct. 1 face-off Between Brown, Warren

Boston Herald
09/12/2012
By Joe Battenfeld

Three more major New England media outlets will provide live coverage of the Oct. 1 University of Massachusetts Lowell/Boston Herald Senate debate, dramatically raising the stakes for U.S. Sen. Scott Brown and Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren.

New England Cable News, WBZ-AM and WRKO-AM announced they are carrying the one-hour debate live in what is sure to be a pivotal moment in the Senate battle. WHDH-TV (Ch. 7) had already signed on to air the debate live.

“WBZ NewsRadio is looking forward to carrying this debate between Elizabeth Warren and Scott Brown, because it’s a critical Senate race for the WBZ audience and also for control of the Senate,” said Peter Casey, director of news and programming. “Debates have become a major element and deciding factor in modern campaigns, and we are proud to take part in the process of letting the people choose.”

The 7 p.m. debate, at UMass Lowell’s Tsongas Center, will be moderated by “Meet the Press” host David Gregory in front of a live audience of students and others. The debate will be streamed live on bostonherald.com. The Associated Press also will offer live Web coverage to its subscribers across the nation.

“The upcoming Brown-Warren debate is expected to be intense, and we’re thrilled to provide our viewers with a front row seat,” said Bill Bridgen, NECN executive vice president and general manager. “With Election Day approaching, the debate will undoubtedly be more fiery than ever. Viewers will have to tune in to see how well Brown can defend his hold on ‘the people’s seat’ or if Warren can prove that she would be the better choice.”

WRKO Assistant Program Director Bill Cooksey said: “WRKO has been leading the way in coverage of this Senate race, and we are thrilled to be providing the Herald/UMass Lowell debate to our listeners, who are the most politically engaged in New England.”