Ontario election debate to air on most Ontario TV nets Sept. 20

    TORONTO, Sept. 4 /CNW/ - A consortium of Ontario broadcasters today
announced that the leaders of the province's three main political parties will
participate in a 90-minute televised debate airing at 6:30pm, Thurs.,
September 20.
    The consortium includes CBC Television, CTV Television, Global
Television, CITY-TV (CP24), TVO and CPAC.
    The debate will be moderated by TVO journalist and host Steve Paikin and
will be available for the first time in High Definition. Also for the first
time, the format will include an opening videotaped segment from each leader.
    The three parties and the networks have agreed that half the questions
will come from the moderator and half will come from citizens of Ontario.
Those questions will be solicited by the networks from their viewers and can
be submitted as text messages or as videos. Many of the broadcasters are
offering the ability to upload video questions directly through their
websites. Each leader will answer each question within a specified time limit,
followed by a period of open debate.
    The program will be streamed live online through the websites of most of
the participating broadcasters.
    The broadcast will originate from the CBC's Toronto Broadcast Centre in
downtown Toronto.
    Media representatives wishing to cover the event will require
accreditation. Details on that process will follow shortly.

For further information:

For further information: Jeff Keay, CBC media relations, (416) 205-3987,

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