NECN, NBC NEWS, DARTMOUTH COLLEGE AND NEW HAMPSHIRE PUBLIC RADIO TO SPONSOR TWO PRESIDENTIAL DEBATES IN SEPTEMBER
NBC ANCHOR TIM RUSSERT TO MODERATE
The debates, which will be simulcast live on MSNBC, NECN and on New Hampshire Public Radio, will be 90-minutes long and will be moderated by Tim Russert, host of NBC’s Meet the Press and Washington Bureau Chief for NBC News.
MSNBC.com and necn.com will also stream the debates live. NECN will produce the debates.
“New Hampshire, and the nation, want to know and deserve to know where the candidates stand on the issues,’’ said Russert. “These debates will do just that. ‘’
NECN has a strong tradition of producing political debates in New Hampshire and looks forward to again providing this service to our 4 million viewers across New England, and to the rest of the nation as well, said Charles J. Kravetz, vice president of news and programming at NECN.
“We are also looking forward to working with Tim Russert, arguably one of the most well-respected political journalists in America today,’’ said Kravetz. “We’re thrilled to partner with New Hampshire Public Radio, which has enormous reach throughout the entire state of New Hampshire, and we’re delighted that the prestigious Dartmouth College will be our host.’’
The debates, which will be open to all media, will be held at Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H.
Dartmouth President James Wright said that political debates at their best provide opportunities for candidates to sharpen positions and engage issues.
"We hope this event will facilitate that process and meet a clear public
need. Moreover, one of the benefits of being a Dartmouth student is that
during every student's four years here, a political campaign literally
extends to our front porch,'' he said. "Many students become politically
engaged and a number sign on to work with one of the candidates."
NHPR is the only statewide radio network in New Hampshire and serves about 150,000 listeners with award winning public radio programming from NPR, PRI and APM as well as locally produced programs and outstanding news coverage.
NECN is the largest 24-hour regional news network in the country, with 3.6 million subscribers in 1,037 communities across New England. It is a partnership of Comcast and the Hearst Corporation.
Dartmouth College, founded in 1769, is a member of the Ivy League. Dartmouth includes an undergraduate arts and sciences program and four graduate schools: Arts and Sciences Graduate Programs, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business.