MPT says it will carry May 7 Democratic candidates debate

The Baltimore Sun

Maryland Public Television Wednesday afternoon changed its mind and decided it would carry the May 7 Democratic gubernatorial candidates debate.

The Sun reported Tuesday on this blog that Baltimore viewers were not scheduled to be able to see the debate even though it was being staged at a state-owned university.

MPT's decision today means the debate among  Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Heather R. Mizeur will now be seen in Baltimore -- and in an over-the-air venue that makes it accessible to the largest possible audience.

As of the moment, there are two Democratic debates scheduled -- one on May 7 that will be produced by NBC4, the NBC-owned station in Washington, and one on June 2 produced by MPT.

Baltimore's WBFF (Fox45) had been trying to stage a Baltimore debate on May 27, but Brown's campaign Wednesday said it was only doing two televised debates and one on radio.

"Given in-part, there is only one democratic primary debate besides ours, MPT reached out to NBC4 and asked for the rights to broadcast the debate live," Steven Schupak, chief content officer for MPT, wrote in an email to The Sun.  "They graciously agreed.  MPT will carry it live on MPT-HD."

NBC4 offered a live feed of the May 7 debate to WBAL-TV, Baltimore's NBC affiliate, but the station declined.

The debate airs at 7 p.m. May 7.

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