December 20, 2007
Contact:
Leah Yoon, NPR
Catherine Christman, South Carolina ETV Radio
   

NPR AND SOUTH CAROLINA ETV RADIO
TO PRESENT
LIVE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE
ON JANUARY 16

STEVE INSKEEP, MICHELE NORRIS AND ROBERT SIEGEL TO MODERATE

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Washington, D.C.; December 20, 2007 – NPR News and South Carolina ETV Radio (the state’s public radio network) will present an audio-only Republican Presidential Debate, to be broadcast on NPR Member stations and webcast live from 2:00-4:00PM (EST) on Wednesday, January 16. NPR News journalists and hosts Steve Inskeep, Michele Norris and Robert Siegel will act as moderators. The debate will take place at the South Carolina ETV studios, located at 1041 George Rogers Blvd., in Columbia, SC.

This debate will follow the format of NPR’s recent Democratic Presidential debate in Des Moines. The setting is relaxed: the candidates sit closely together around a V-shaped table, with no studio audience or video cameras. Breaking away from the rapid-fire question-and-answer structure traditionally presented by the television networks, the debates feature three areas of discussion and the moderators will facilitate the candidates’ ability to talk to each other. The December 4 event was critically-acclaimed; the Washington Times called it “a refreshing alternative…a civil conversation centered on the issues” and the New York Times asked, “Why aren’t there more debates like this?”

Commenting on the debate, South Carolina ETV Radio president Moss Bresnahan said, "ETV Radio, which numbers some of our state's most active and engaged citizens among its listeners, is proud to partner with NPR to offer voters a thoughtful exploration of where the Republican candidates stand on the issues. This debate marks the latest in a series of political specials and Winthrop/ETV polls that have won statewide and national attention. Its timing is particularly significant considering it takes place just prior to the all-important Republican primary in South Carolina."

The first broadcast of the debate will be exclusive to NPR Member stations around the country; many stations will also rebroadcast it that evening and in other time periods. The debate will also air on Sirius Satellite Radio, in more than 150 countries through NPR Worldwide Service and on American Forces Radio reaching U.S. military around the world. The debate will be streamed lived at NPR.org and at numerous Member stations’ websites. Following the initial exclusive broadcast and webcast, NPR will make the recording fully accessible to all media outlets and individuals, without license restrictions; it will also be available for permanent on-demand streaming at NPR.org and via NPR Member stations’ sites.

NPR programs reach more than 25 million listeners weekly, and NPR Member stations have a weekly audience of more than 30 million people. South Carolina ETV Radio reaches 271,300 weekly listeners across the state.

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