Friday, September 17, 2004

Networks Not Sure Presidential Debates Interesting Enough

MEDIA FOR DEMOCRACY - Three presidential debates have been proposed by the Commission on Presidential Debates. John Kerry has agreed to all three. President Bush has yet to commit to any. Network executives are still weighing whether to show up at all. And their track record isn't encouraging. In 2000, Fox skipped the first of the presidential debates, opting to air the premiere episode of "Dark Angel." NBC gave local stations the choice to air the 2000 Major League Baseball playoffs instead of the debates. Many NBC affiliates did.

Last week, Media for Democracy -- along with other members of the Public Interest, Public Airwaves Coalition -- called on the ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox networks to make an immediate commitment to air all the presidential and vice presidential debates. As yet, there's no response from the network heads.


At 6:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

all i know is........SNL better have parodies of them, one way or another!!



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