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STATEWIDE BROADCAST OF AUG. 25 DEBATE BREAKS GROUND IN POLITICAL COVERAGE

August 4, 2010


Milwaukee, WI -- Republican gubernatorial candidates Mark Neumann and Scott Walker will participate in a ground-breaking 60 minute, commercial free, town hall meeting co-produced by Milwaukee Public Television (MPTV) and WISN-TV, originating from the new Marquette University Law School, and broadcast statewide on Wednesday, August 25, 2010 from 7:00-8:00 p.m.

Mike Gousha, a Distinguished Fellow in Law and Public Policy at the Marquette University Law School, will moderate this first of its kind event. Gousha, who hosts "Upfront" on WISN-TV and "On the Issues" on MPTV, says, "We've designed a format to engage viewers in a conversation with the candidates that we hope will move far beyond talking points to an in-depth discussion of the issues facing our state." He will lead a roundtable discussion with the candidates followed by live questioning from citizen groups participating at locations throughout Wisconsin.

"We are delighted to partner with Channel 12, Marquette, and Wispolitics.com on such a substantive project. It's a new and refreshing twist for a local debate, bringing candidates face to face with intelligent, engaged citizens who have identified unique local concerns," says Ellis Bromberg, MPTV general manager.

"This extraordinary collaborative effort helps us keep our promise to bring the viewers and voters of Wisconsin responsible, respectful, intelligent, and relevant political coverage," says Jan Wade, president and general manager of WISN-TV.

"As an institution committed to the examination of important law and public policy issues, we are pleased that Eckstein Hall, our new law school with state of the art media facilities, will be the site for this innovative form of civic dialogue," comments Joseph D. Kearney, dean of the Marquette University Law School, "and we look forward to hosting this series of meetings for gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates during the primary and general election season."

The series will be simulcast on MPTV/WMVS-10.1-HD and WISN-TV-12. In addition, the debates will also be broadcast on WKOW Madison, WFRV Green Bay, WAOW Wausau, WXOW La Crosse, and WQOW Eau Claire.

"By pooling our individual station resources with those of Wispolitics.com, and our radio partners, we can essentially provide statewide political coverage of the state's biggest election contests," says Tom Allen, vice president of Quincy Broadcasting Co., whose Wisconsin stations are partners in the project.

MPTV "InterCHANGE" Host Dan Jones and 12 News Anchor Kathy Mykleby will play key roles with the citizen group recruited for the Milwaukee audience, handling on-air, on-line, and mobile coverage efforts.

The August 25 town hall meeting debate will help voters decide which gubernatorial candidate will get their vote in Wisconsin's primary election on Tuesday, September 14. Post primary town hall meetings are planned for the U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates facing off in the November 2 general election. Those broadcasts will follow the same format, extend to 90 minutes, and air without commercial interruption. They are scheduled for October 15, 2010, and October 22, 2010, from 6:30-8:00 p.m.

Since its inception, MPTV has educated, entertained and inspired. Today MPTV offers viewers a family of nine digital channels to choose from, 24 hours a day, seven days a week: 10.1 HD (Time Warner Cable 1010) 36.1 (TWC 16 or 1016), 36.2 Vme (TWC 975), 36.3 World (TWC 976) 36.4 Create (TWC 977), 36.5 Classical (TWC 978), 36.6 Jazz (TWC 979), 36.7 Weather (TWC 980), and 36.8 Traffic (TWC 981). The MPTV channel alignments on 10 and 36 will change Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

MPTV is a viewer-supported service of Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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