Baltimore's only televised debate among incumbent Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and all her challengers will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29 and be hosted by Maryland Public Television at its Owings Mills Studio, according to a campaign spokeswoman for the mayor and a news executive at WBFF (Channel 45), which has agreed to stream the debate online and carry it on tape delay.
MPT had not yet confirmed the details, but a spokesman for the public brodacsting outlet said they would have an announcement later today.
The participation by Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake was confirmed Friday morning by campaign spokeswoman Keiana Page.
The event will be produced by MPT, but Fox 45's involvement is crucial. It will assure a wider audience for the debate particularly in the City of Baltimore.
Scott Livingston, WBFF's news director, stressed that details are still tentative, but his station is planning to carry the hourlong debate live online from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 29, and then air it on tape starting at 11:30 p.m. after its 90-minute block of news.
WBFF anhorwoman Jennifer Gilbert will be one of the panelists questioning the candidates, according to Livingston.
I will update later today if/when MPT provides details.
UPDATE: At 2:17 p.m. Friday, MPT confirmed everything in this post from four hours earlier. It added that Jeff Salkin will moderate, and Charles Robinson will be a panelist along with Gilbert.
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