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KSTP-TV, Star Tribune reschedule broadcasts of U.S. Senate debate 10/30/02

--WDIO-TV, KAAL-TV, KSAX-TV AND AM 1500 KSTP WILL SIMULCAST TO REACH VOTERS STATEWIDE --

KSTP-TV Channel 5 and the Star Tribune have rescheduled their broadcast of the October 28th Senate debate that was cancelled following the death of Senator Paul Wellstone.  The debate is now scheduled for live broadcast this Friday, November 1st, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Three of the four major party candidates have accepted the invitation to debate, and Channel 5 and the Star Tribune have issued an invitation to the DFL party, which will select a new candidate tonight.

The most recent Star Tribune Minnesota Poll found that Walter Mondale leads Norm Coleman in the race for Paul Wellstone's Senate seat by 8 points, 47 percent to 39 percent, with 11 percent undecided.

Channel 5ís chief political correspondent, Tom Hauser, will moderate the debate with a panel of journalists including Dave Hage representing the Star Tribune; anchor Dan Ruiter of KAAL-TV; and WDIO-TV anchor Dennis Anderson.

To reach viewers statewide, KSTP-TVís sister stations WDIO-TV (Duluth), KSAX-TV (Alexandria), and KAAL-TV (Austin) will simulcast the live program.  In addition, KSTP-TV and sister station KSTC.TV Channel 45 will pre-empt regularly scheduled programming this weekend to re-air the debates as follows:

Saturday, 10:00 - 11:00 p.m. on Channel 45 following Channel 45 Eyewitness News at 9; Sunday, 7:00 - 8:00 a.m. on Channel 45; and Sunday, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. on Channel 5.
Note: the Sunday telecasts will pre-empt At Issue, KSTP/KSTC-TVís weekly public affairs program. 

The two news organizations welcome citizen participation by submitting questions in advance by e-mail or fax.  These questions may be asked directly by the panelists or used as background information.  
 
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About KSTP-TV

KSTP-TV Channel 5 (the Twin Citiesí ABC affiliate) and independent sister station KSTC.TV Channel 45 are locally owned and operated by the pioneering broadcasting company, Hubbard Broadcasting, Inc.  Home of Eyewitness News, the stations produce more hours of regularly scheduled local news broadcasts than any other Twin Citiesí television news station.  KSTP-TVís web site at www.kstp.com features exclusive video streaming technology that empowers users to customize their personal on-line ď5CastĒ newscast on demand.

Hubbard Broadcasting also owns and operates five other television stations in Minnesota including KSAX-TV, Alexandria; KRWF-TV, Redwood Falls; WDIO-TV, Duluth; WIRT-TV, Hibbing; and KAAL-TV, Austin.  Among Hubbardís television properties outside of Minnesota are WHEC-TV, Rochester, New York and WNYT-TV, Albany, New York plus three stations in New Mexico: KOB-TV, Albuquerque; KOBF-TV, Farmington; and KOBR-TV, Roswell. 

About the Star Tribune

The Star Tribune Company, a news and information company serving the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, is a subsidiary of The McClatchy Company of Sacramento, Calif. (NYSE: MNI).  The Star Tribune produces the Star Tribune newspaper, one of the top 20 largest newspapers in the nation, with a daily circulation of 405,459 and a Sunday circulation of 669,290 (per Audit Bureau of Circulation report 03/02).  The company also produces a variety of direct marketing, niche print, and electronic services and products. Its Web site, www.startribune.com, is the most frequently used local news and information service for the Twin Cities market, with more than 40 million page views per month.  For more information, go to www.startribune.com/company or www.mcclatchy.com.


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