Tegna’s Texas Stations to Livestream U.S. Senate Democratic Debate

KVUE, Tegna’s ABC affiliate in Austin, Texas (DMA 40), will host a live debate between the Texas Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. CT as part of KVUE’s Emmy-winning Vote Texas initiative.

Partnering with KVUE to host and distribute the debate are The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit news organization that reports on Texas politics, policy and government, and KUT-FM, Austin’s NPR station.

KVUE will broadcast the first half-hour of the debate live and commercial-free from its studio. The entire debate will air live on KVUE.comKVUE’s YouTube channel and other KVUE social platforms.

The debate will also be streamed live across all 12 of Tegna’s Texas stations’ digital properties: WFAA Dallas, KHOU Houston, KENS San Antonio, KVUE-KCEN Waco-Temple, KAGS College Station, KYTX Tyler, KIII Corpus Christi, KBMT-KJAC Beaumont, KWES Odessa, KXVA Abilene and KIDY San Angelo. Tegna’s Texas stations cover 87% of the state.

KUT-FM will broadcast the debate live in the Austin area, and will stream the debate at KUT.org. The Texas Tribune will stream the debate at texastribune.org.

“Our mission at KVUE is to make Austin better, and we have a responsibility to help educate voters on where the candidates stand on critical issues facing our community,” said Kristie Gonzales, KVUE president-GM. “KVUE is proud to partner with our Tegna station colleagues across Texas, the Texas Tribune and KUT to give voters access to the candidates.”

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The March 3 statewide primary will determine the nominee who will face incumbent Republican Sen. John Cornyn in the November general election. Eleven of the 12 Democrats have been confirmed to participate in the debate. The candidates are: Former U.S. Representative Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster, Annie “Mama” Garcia, Victor Harris, MJ Hegar, Sema Hernandez, Adrian Ocegueda, Cristina Tzintzun Ramirez, and State Sen. Royce West.

The debate will be moderated by KVUE political anchor Ashley Goudeau, along with Texas Tribune political reporter Patrick Svitek and KUT reporter Ashley Lopez.


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RIDGELINE-TV says:

February 6, 2020 at 9:39 pm

Shouldn’t this headline really read: Tegna’s Texas Stations to Air U.S. Senate Democratic Debate in Entirety on Sub-Channel?

Oh, right, “broadcasters” realized long ago that the vast majority of people are watching on cable/satellite and through streaming, not OTA. No reason to actually use their broadcast capacity to reach OTA users.

…And in other news, “broadcasters” are touting how many new sub-channel streams they can add with ATSC 3.0…


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