IPTV to air Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate

Iowa Public Television will be re-airing the KTIV-TV debate recorded Wednesday in Sioux City. We will be airing the broadcast originated featuring Terry Branstad, Bob Vander Plaats and Rod Roberts.

This debate created a stir last week after it was first announced the debate would be closed to the public and press. That didn’t sit well with many people and the Quincy Newspapers group of TV stations changed course and will stream the debate at KTIV.com and will air the debate that night on their 3 Iowa coverage stations of KTIV in Sioux City, KWWL in Waterloo and KTTC out of Rochester.

Each station will provide a journalist for the panel.

The debate will air in our regular Iowa Journal time slot. We recorded some wraps for it today that you will see Thursday.

IPTV will partner with the Des Moines Register for a debate on May 20. That will originate from the IPTV studios in Johnston.

Another debate is scheduled for May 1 in Cedar Rapids as hosted by the Iowa Broadcast News Association at their annual convention. Bob Fisher of KGLO radio in Mason City is organizing the efforts.

Friday we will still have an Iowa Journal to broadcast, so we’ll put on the mental health services in Iowa. That show also will include our features on Harrison Barnes. We’ve received many positive comments about the mental health discussion. Here’s a link to it now if you want to watch. There’s also two web extras that are worth the time. Here’s my post on the show.

Here’s our official press release on our debate coverage.

(Johnston, Iowa) — Iowa Public Television will broadcast the first debate among candidates for the Republican nomination for governor to a statewide audience Thursday, April 8 at 8 p.m. The debate, sponsored by KTIV in Sioux City, will take place on Wednesday, April 7.

All three candidates for the nomination – Terry Branstad, Bob Vander Plaats, and Rod Roberts – have agreed to participate in the hour-long debate. Questions will be posed by a panel of three journalists: Matt Breen from KTIV, Ron Steele from KWWL, and Tom Overlie from KTTC.

Iowa Public Television will also broadcast other debates among candidates for the Republican nomination for governor. On Thursday, May 20, Iowa Public Television and The Des Moines Register will partner to present a live, statewide broadcast of a debate with the three candidates at noon on IPTV WORLD, followed by a rebroadcast on IPTV at 7 p.m. The Iowa Journal will follow the evening broadcast with an analysis and discussion.

For more information on IPTV’s debate coverage and public affairs programming, contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146 or via email at Jennifer.konfrst@iptv.org.

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