April 13, 2016

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TWC News Networks to Televise Democratic Debate with CNN, Air Slate of Political Programming

This week, Time Warner Cable News (TWC News) and TWC News NY1 (NY1) announced the networks’ comprehensive coverage of the only New York Democratic debate before the New York primary, featuring former U.S. Secretary of State and New York Senator Hillary Clinton squaring off against Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders on Thursday, April 14th. NY1 will kick off its in-depth coverage of the highly anticipated debate starting at 5:00 a.m. EDT with its popular “News All Morning” show, anchored by Pat Kiernan, which will be telecast live from the Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Duggal Greenhouse – the site of the debate.  In addition, NY1 will feature live onsite reports throughout its news programming all day.


TWC News and NY1 will also air a special statewide political show called “The Battle for New York” beginning at 7:00 p.m. EDT. The program, hosted by TWC News’ Liz Benjamin and Josh Robin, will provide a thorough preview of the upcoming debate – from a New York perspective – breaking down all the key issues and topics important to New York voters. The show will also feature political experts, special guests and exclusive interviews.

Immediately following the preview show, NY1, TWC News and CNN will televise the Democratic presidential primary debate between former Senator Clinton and Senator Sanders, live from 9:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. EDT. NY1’s political anchor Errol Louis – who also hosts “Inside City Hall” – will join CNN’s Chief Political Correspondent Dana Bash as panelists in the two-hour-long debate to be moderated by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

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Following the live debate, TWC News networks will provide viewers with a complete post-debate show that will include in-depth analysis, highlights, and exclusive interviews. TWC News’ team of political experts and reporters, including Errol Lewis, Liz Benjamin, Josh Robin and others, will have live reaction from the debate venue and the “spin room.”

In addition, TWC News NY1 Noticias will air a special hour-long pre-debate edition of “Pura Política at 8:00 p.m. EDT.  At 9:00 p.m. EDT, the network will air the debate live with simultaneous interpretation in Spanish.  Following the debate, NY1 Noticias will provide viewers with an hour-long post-debate show at 11:00 p.m. with in-depth analysis, highlights and special guests.

“Time Warner Cable News and NY1 are pleased to partner with CNN on this important debate.  With our ability to reach voters throughout New York State and with our focus on the coverage of issues important to New Yorkers, we hope to bring a better understanding of what these candidates stand for, before our viewers go to the polls next week,”  said Steve Paulus, SVP of News for Time Warner Cable.

In a comment to the Huffington Post, NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt shared how the New York presidential primary this year – typically uneventful in the past given the state’s decidedly blue status — has made covering this campaign unique: “I think it was sort of a logical connection for [TWC and CNN] to be the local voice here in New York…While there’s a lot of national issues to be discussed, it’s also a rare time for New York to sort of be important on the presidential stage. After the primary, I really don’t think you’re going to see the candidates here unless it’s to raise money.”

TWC News’ debate coverage can be found live on NY1 on channels 1 and 200, TWC News NY1 Noticias on channels 95 and 801, statewide on TWC News in New York on channel 200, NY1 in North Carolina on TWC systems on channel 215 and NY1 in Florida on Bright House Networks systems on channel 1210. The debate will also air on CNN, CNN International News and CNN en Español. NY1 will provide an encore presentation of the debate on Friday, April 15th at 3:00 a.m. EDT.




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