When WFSB-TV, Channel 3, announced plans to sponsor the only debate of all five candidates in Connecticut's nationally watched Senate race, station general manager Klarn DePalma said the event reflects "our commitment ... to deliver news and information to viewers in Connecticut."
But it appears that the delivery is going to be delayed.
The Hartford CBS affiliate has banned representatives of the news media - other than its own - from Wednesday's 3 p.m. taping of the debate that is to be moderated by national CBS newsman Bob Schieffer before an audience of specially invited guests at The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts.
After a news blackout of 27 hours, WFSB plans to show the canned one-hour event Thursday at 7 p.m.
This is especially bad news for Knibs, and Ferrucci. This was their one shot at some real media attention.
What do you think?
Lender, John. "Senate Debate On TV: Not Live, And No Local Media Allowed". Hartford Courant. 10/17/06