January 10, 2008
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Andi Sporkin, NPR

   

NPR AND SOUTH CAROLINA ETV RADIO
CANCEL LIVE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN DEBATE



Washington, D.C. and Columbia, S.C.; January 10, 2008 - NPR and South Carolina ETV Radio have cancelled their national Republican presidential debate, scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 in Columbia, S.C.

The audio-only debate, to be broadcast on NPR Member stations nationally and webcast, was set to air live from 2:00-4:00PM (ET).

"Ultimately, not enough candidates were willing to participate," said Andi Sporkin, Vice President for Communications, NPR. "We look forward to working with them through other NPR News programming over the coming months and during the general election."

"The increasingly hectic nature of the campaign, and changing political fortunes after Iowa and New Hampshire, resulted in a roster of candidates whose availability kept changing to reflect the demands of their calendars," said Catherine Christman, Vice President of Communications, ETV. "While we're disappointed the debate is cancelled, we're delighted that ETV and ETV Radio still intend to carry almost 13 hours of programming related to the Democratic and Republican debates and primaries in South Carolina."

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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