WGBH News and Media Relations


October 11, 2013

WGBH News to Host Mayoral Debate

WGBH’s Jim Braude and Margery Eagan to moderate conversation with John Connolly and Martin Walsh
BOSTON, Mass. (October 11, 2013)WGBH News will host, produce and broadcast an exclusive debate on October 22 between Boston mayoral candidates John Connolly and Martin Walsh. Jim Braude and Margery Eagan, hosts of 89.7 WGBH’s Boston Public Radio midday program, will moderate the debate, which will be broadcast live at 7pm on WGBH 2 and 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio, as well as live-streamed on WGBHnews.org. The debate will be broadcast before an audience comprised of Boston residents and community leaders.
“We are proud to host one of the three mayoral debates and look forward to a thoughtful, substantive conversation about the future of Boston,” said WGBH News managing editor Linda Polach. “Boston is the central hub of this region, and the next mayor will have an influence that stretches far beyond the city limits. The WGBH News team is committed to covering the local stories that impact our entire region. The race for the first new Boston mayor in a generation is one of the most important local stories we are following.”
WGBH News provides comprehensive local coverage across television, radio and online and is committed to sharing substantive reporting on the issues and candidates running for mayor. During the preliminary campaign, WGBH News launched a new web series, The Scrum, featuring WGBH’s political analysts David S. Bernstein and Peter Kadzis, along with reporters Adam Reilly and Anne Mostue. WGBH News also has assigned two reporters to follow each of the campaigns, Mostue on the Connolly trail and Sarah Birnbaum on the Walsh trail.
WGBH News will make the October 22 debate available for broadcast or streaming to any interested media.
WGBH News Mayoral Debate
City Councilor John Connolly, candidate
State Representative Martin Walsh, candidate
Jim Braude, co-host of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, Moderator
Margery Eagan, co-host of WGBH’s Boston Public Radio, Moderator
WGBH Studios, One Guest Street, Brighton, Mass.
(Parking available in adjacent Guest Street Garage)
All media planning to cover the debate must contact WGBH Media Relations
by 3pm on Friday, October 18. Email Regina Daley 
(regina_daley@wgbh.org) with name, organization and any technical needs. 
Media will have access to Internet during the debate.
Space for satellite trucks will be available in the WGBH visitor parking lot and
must be reserved in advance. Access will NOT be permitted to any station 
that has not pre-registered. Satellite trucks may not arrive before 10am on 
Tuesday, October 22 and must be in place by 3pm.
To reserve a space and confirm arrival time, contact WGBH Production
Services Emeric Feldmar (emeric_feldmar@wgbh.org) by 3pm on 
Wednesday, October 16.
WGBH will provide pool photos shortly after the start of the debate. No 
additional still or video photography is permitted in the studio before or during 
broadcast. To request poll photos, please contact Regina Daley. 
WGBH News will make the television and radio broadcasts and live stream of 
the debate available for free to any interested media. All outlets that take the 
stream to broadcast excerpts from the debate must credit WGBH News. 
To request streaming embed codes, please contact Regina Daley 
(regina_daley@wgbh.org) by 3pm on Monday, October 21.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to deaf, hard of hearing, blind, and visually impaired audiences. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards and Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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