DALLAS –- Texas gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis have agreed to their first debate, which will be televised statewide on Tuesday, September 30.
The debate will originate from WFAA-TV’s Victory Park Studio in Dallas.
The one-hour WFAA-Texas Tribune Debate will be broadcast on Gannett Co., Inc. television stations throughout Texas, including WFAA-TV in Dallas–Fort Worth, KHOU-TV in Houston, KVUE-TV in Austin, and KENS-TV in San Antonio. It will also be streamed live on the stations’ websites as well as our content partners' sites at TexasTribune.org and Fort Worth’s Star-Telegram.
In addition, the debate will also air on London Broadcasting Company (LBC) television stations in Texas, including KCEN-TV in Waco-Temple-Bryan, KYTX-TV in Tyler-Longview, KIII-TV in Corpus Christi, KBMT-TV and KJAC-TV in Beaumont-Port Arthur, KXVA-TV Abilene-Sweetwater, and KIDY-TV in San Angelo. In May, Gannett announced an agreement to purchase London’s stations.
The debate will also be simulcast in Spanish on each of those stations and available for all Spanish language TV stations to broadcast.
Several weeks ago Abbott committed to two debate invitations including WFAA's.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Davis said she accepted six debate invitations. Both candidates will meet in Dallas and McAllen. Abbott's campaign said those are the only two he will attend.
Due to the number of stations committed to airing the Dallas debate, the reach of the WFAA-Texas Tribune Debate is unprecedented, said WFAA President and General Manager Mike Devlin.
“We’re pleased to participate in this debate with our longtime partner, WFAA, and provide greater transparency on the big issues that matter to all Texans,” said Evan Smith, CEO and editor-in-chief of The Texas Tribune.
“With the addition of the LBC stations, the broadcast will be available to Texas voters in record fashion,” Devlin added.
LBC Executive Vice President and COO Phillip H. Hurley said he welcomes the opportunity to broadcast the gubernatorial debate.
“It is an exciting opportunity to participate in important broadcast, and give voters throughout the state the best chance to hear directly from the candidates,” Hurley said.
Veteran WFAA news anchor John McCaa will moderate the September debate.