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Mississippi Public Broadcasting will not broadcast planned U.S. Senate debate in October
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JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi Public Broadcasting will not broadcast on television or radio the U.S. Senate debate planned for 7 p.m. October 4 at Millsaps College.

“MPB’s goal was to broadcast a debate with all candidates present, enabling Mississippians to make informed decisions as Election Day nears,” said Ronnie Agnew, executive director of Mississippi Public Broadcasting. “However, with only two of the four candidates committed to attend, it has become clear to us that the debate, as planned, would not achieve our initial goals of providing civic engagement to our statewide audience where all candidate views would have been heard.” 

MPB values giving Mississippians opportunities to hear from current and potential political leaders through our statewide television and radio networks, and we look forward to partnering with Millsaps College for future live debates that will help Mississippians make decisions at the ballot box.

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Mississippi Public Broadcasting provides relevant instructional and public affairs programming to Mississippians through its statewide television and radio network.  MPB enhances the work of educators, students, parents and learners of all ages by providing informative programming and educational resources.  MPB’s locally-produced programming focuses on the people, resources and attractions that reflect Mississippi’s unique culture and diverse heritage. Children’s television programs constitute a major portion of the daytime and weekend morning schedules.  MPB provides a valuable resource to Mississippians in disseminating information as part of the state’s emergency preparedness and response system.  Since 1970, MPB has won over 350 national, regional and statewide awards, including Emmy®, Edward R. Murrow and Parents’ Choice® Awards.