WGBH News and Media Relations


May 23, 2013

WGBH News to Host and Produce Boston Media Consortium Senate Debate

Markey and Gomez agree to debate at WGBH Studios on June 18 – one week before election
R.D. Sahl to moderate
BOSTON, Mass. (May 23, 2013) – The Boston Media Consortium, a collection of television and radio broadcast outlets in Greater Boston, will produce and moderate what is likely to be the final broadcast debate of the 2013 special U.S. Senate Election. Democrat Edward Markey and Republican Gabriel Gomez agreed to an hour-long debate at 7pm on June 18. Boston University’s R.D. Sahl will moderate the debate for the Consortium. WGBH News will host and produce the debate on behalf of the consortium.
“The Boston Media Consortium takes pride in producing substantive, informative debates that help voters know the candidates and understand the important issues at stake,” said WGBH Executive Producer Linda Polach, on behalf of the Consortium. “We are pleased the candidates agreed to debate. We take our responsibility seriously and strive to provide Bay State residents with a lively discussion of the topics they care about as they prepare to vote in the June 25 special election.”
The June 18 debate will be produced at WGBH’s studios in Brighton and will air live at 7pm on WGBH 2, 89.7 WGBH Radio and all other Consortium signals. Members of the Consortium include WGBH-TV, NECN, WCVB-TV, WHDH-TV, 89.7 WGBH Radio, WBUR Radio, and Bloomberg Radio.
WHO:                         Gabriel Gomez, Republican nominee
                                          Edward Markey, Democratic nominee
                                    R.D. Sahl, moderator
WHERE:                  WGBH Studios, 1 Guest Street, Boston
WHEN:                      Tuesday, June 18 – 7pm
                                    **Broadcast live on all Consortium-member signals**                                                       
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