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News Media Advisory

Attention Assignment Editors:

The Florence County Young Republicans and the Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, a political science fraternal organization at Francis Marion University, have organized a television debate between the seven GOP candidates running for their party’s nomination for Governor of South Carolina.  The debate will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the theatre of Hyman Fine Arts Center at Francis Marion University.  The debate is being televised by WBTW TV-13 in Florence and will be carried by WLTX-TV in Columbia without commercial interruptions.

Candidates who have committed to the debate include:  Senator William Branton of Summerville, Secretary of State Jim Miles of Lexington, former congressman Mark Sanford of Sullivan’s Island,  Ken Wingate of Columbia, Lt. Governor Bob Peeler of Lexington, Rebekah Sutherland of New Ellington and Attorney General Charles Condon of Charleston.

Candidates will have the chance to address issues in two separate segments, each with a different format.  The first segment will be questioning by a three-person panel.  The second will consist of questions asked by television viewers via the internet.

WBTW news anchor Bob Jubak will be the moderator.  Panelists will include a representative of WBTW, the Morning News and a FMU student.

Working Media Credentials will be required for any news media representative wishing to cover the debate.  No cameras or recording devices will be permitted in the theatre between 7 and 8 p.m., while the debate is being televised. 

The Morning News in Florence has agreed to provide pool photography to the Associated Press.  (For questions, call Visual Editor Dave Ackerman at 843-317-7253)   News video must be requested in advance from WBTW-TV.  (Contact Managing Editor Eric Walters at 843-317-1350)

Theatre seating is limited, so advance requests for working news media representatives are necessary.  Reporters needing access to telephone lines to transmit stories, should indicate such needs. The deadline for requesting working media credentials is April 22.  Credentials will be held at the door in the name of the media outlet.

To request working press credentials, contact: 

 Garry L. Ballard, Director of Communications
 Francis Marion University
 P.O. Box 100547
 Florence, SC 29501
 Telephone: 843-661-1220;     Fax:     843-661-1219

#135/ 4-15-02

Last Published: April 8, 2004 5:18 AM
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