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CINCINNATI, Sept 28, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --
The E.W. Scripps Company (NYSE: SSP) is launching Democracy 2010, a public discourse initiative that will make free airtime available to political candidates on the nine network-affiliated television stations operated by the company.
The Scripps stations will provide five minutes of free airtime to candidates nightly between 5 p.m. and 11:35 p.m. in the 30 days preceding the general elections in 2010. The Scripps television station group successfully implemented a similar free airtime policy during the national elections in 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
"As journalists and broadcasters, we are proud to continue our heritage of promoting public discourse and a strong democracy," said Brian Lawlor, senior vice president for the Scripps television division. "Through Democracy 2010, Scripps will concentrate on bringing individual citizens and groups of citizens into an active dialogue with candidates."
Here are the key elements of Democracy 2010:
Making free airtime available to political candidates was one of the primary recommendations made in 2000 by the President's Advisory Committee on the Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters.
The Scripps television stations are concentrated in the top 40 U.S. markets and reach about 10 percent of the nation's television households. Participating in Democracy 2010 are the company's six ABC-affiliated stations, WXYZ in Detroit; WCPO in Cincinnati; WEWS in Cleveland; WFTS in Tampa, Fla.; WMAR in Baltimore; and KNXV in Phoenix. Also participating are the company's three NBC-affiliated stations, WPTV in West Palm Beach, Fla.; KSHB in Kansas City, Mo.; and KJRH in Tulsa, Okla.
SOURCE The E.W. Scripps Company