Nexstar Broadcasting to Host Exclusive Live Multi-Market Debate in Texas Run-Off for the Democratic Nomination to the U.S. Senate

Debate is the Only Scheduled Meeting Between MJ Hegar and Texas State Senator Royce West


14 Nexstar Stations Bring Together More Than 21 Million Viewers Across Texas Via Television Broadcast and Livestream


IRVING, TX – Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that it will host an exclusive live debate between the two candidates participating in the runoff election for the Democratic nomination for United States Senator from Texas, MJ Hegar and Texas State Senator Royce West.  The debate will take place on Tuesday, June 2, at 7 p.m. CT, and is the only scheduled face-to-face meeting between the two candidates.  The runoff election is now scheduled for July 14.

The debate will take place at the studios of KXAN-TV in Austin, TX, and will air exclusively on 14 Nexstar stations across the state of Texas, bringing together more than 21 million viewers via live television broadcast and livestream.  The exclusive live broadcast will air from 7 p.m. CT to 8 p.m. CT.  Participating Nexstar stations include KIAH-TV (CW), KDAF-TV (CW), KXAN-TV (NBC), KRBC-TV (NBC), KAMR-TV (NBC), KVEO-TV (NBC), KTSM-TV (NBC), KLBK-TV (CBS), KMID-TV (ABC), KSAN-TV (NBC), KTAL-TV (NBC), KETK-TV (NBC), KWKT-TV (FOX) and KFDX-TV (NBC).  The broadcast and livestream will also be carried by KSAT-TV (ABC) in San Antonio.  Local viewers may access the livestream of the debate online by visiting their local Nexstar station’s website (see table below for list of participating stations and station website links).

The debate will be moderated by KXAN-TV news anchors Robert Hadlock and Sally Hernandez, and Dallas Morning News political writer, Gromer Jeffers, Jr.  The town hall will begin with opening statements from each candidate and then move to questions posed by the moderators, Nexstar journalists from around the state, and viewers.  Viewers are invited to submit questions to the candidates via social media using the hashtag #txsendebate, and via email at

“The race for the Democratic nomination to be U.S. Senator from Texas is critically important and of extremely high-interest to millions of voters across the state,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.  “This debate is the only opportunity for voters to see these candidates confront each other on the issues, and we are proud to harness the power of Nexstar’s vast Texas broadcast and digital operations to bring this special exclusive event to more than 21 million viewers across the state.”

Debate for the Democratic Nomination to the U.S. Senate

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. CT

KXAN-TV Studios


  • Robert Hadlock and Sally Hernandez, KXAN-TV Anchors
  • Gromer Jeffers, Jr., Dallas Morning News Political Reporter

The Democratic debate will be carried on the following stations and websites:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
KRBC-TV NBC Abilene @KRBCnews
KAMR-TV NBC Amarillo @KAMRLocal4News
KVEO-TV NBC Brownsville @kveotv23
KDAF-TV CW Dallas @CW33
KIAH-TV CW Houston @CW39Houston
KMID-TV ABC Midland/Odessa @Local2NewsKMID
KSAN-TV NBC San Angelo @ksannews
KSAT-TV ABC San Antonio @ksatnews
KTAL-TV NBC Shreveport @NBC6News
KFDX-TV NBC Wichita Falls @TexomasHomepage

Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, viewers may also access a livestream of the debate by visiting their local participating Nexstar station’s website.

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.

Nexstar Media Group is a leading diversified media company that leverages localism to bring new services and value to consumers and advertisers through its traditional media, digital and mobile media platforms. Nexstar owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 196 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 114 markets or approximately 38% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). Nexstar’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar’s community portal websites offer additional hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content while creating new revenue opportunities. Nexstar also owns WGN America, a growing national general entertainment cable network and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset.  For more information please visit

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