Nexstar Inc. To Air Exclusive Statewide Telecast of Debate for United States Senate Seat from Virginia on October 5 at 6:30 P.M.

Nexstar’s Portfolio of Television Stations Covering Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. to Bring Live Debate Coverage to Nearly Five Million Viewers

NORFOLK, VA and IRVING, TX (October 1, 2020) – Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will air an exclusive statewide telecast of a debate between the Democratic and Republican party candidates for the United States Senate from Virginia, incumbent Senator Mark Warner (D) and challenger Daniel Gade, Ph.D., (R).

The “Norfolk State University Virginia Senate Debate” will take place on Saturday, October 3, at 5 p.m. ET, at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA, and be livestreamed on and on WAVY-TV 10’s Facebook Live channel.  The debate will also be broadcast live on the university’s radio station, WNSB-FM 91.1.  Viewers may also access a livestream of the debate online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar station (see table below for more information).

The debate will air on Nexstar stations throughout the states of Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia on October 5 at 6:30 p.m. ET and bring together nearly five million viewers across the region.  The 90-minute debate will air on five Nexstar television stations serving Virginia, including: WAVY-TV (NBC) in Norfolk, WRIC-TV (ABC) in Richmond, WFXR-TV (FOX) in Roanoke, WDVM-TV (IND) in Hagerstown, Maryland, and WDCW-TV (CW) in Washington, D.C.  The debate will also be livestreamed on the websites of these television stations and on the websites for WJHL-TV in Tri-Cities, TN, and WVNS-TV in Beckley, WV.

Nexstar is partnering with Norfolk State University and its Center for African American Public Policy (CAAmPP), The Virginia Bar Association, and Visit Norfolk to host the debate.  The debate will be moderated by WAVY-TV 10’s News anchors, Anita Blanton and Regina Mobley, an alumna of Norfolk State University. The candidates will be asked for their views on racial disparities and inequities in education, healthcare, economic mobility, and the criminal justice system.  In addition to taking questions from the moderators, the candidates will respond to questions from NSU’s debate partners, including NSU students, faculty, and the Virginia Bar Association, regarding issues that impact their local communities.

“Nexstar and the award-winning news anchors and reporters at our television stations covering Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., are committed to serving the interests of voters across the area by delivering exclusive local news content and political coverage that will enable them to make informed decisions on election day,” said Tim Busch, President of Nexstar Inc.  “The Norfolk State University Virginia Senate Debate is an opportunity for voters to hear directly from the candidates about the issues that matter most to them and their families before heading to the ballot box this November.  We are proud to harness the combined resources of our local station operations throughout Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C., to bring this exclusive debate to our viewers throughout the region.  We are grateful to the candidates for their participation, and to the outstanding local communities we serve across these states for their continued viewership and engagement.”

The election for U.S. Senator from Virginia will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. To register to vote, please visit

The U.S. Senate Debate will be carried on the following stations and websites:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WAVY-TV NBC Norfolk, Virginia @WAVY_news
WRIC-TV ABC Richmond, Virginia @8News
WFXR-TV FOX Roanoke, Virginia @WFXRnews
WDVM-TV IND Hagerstown, Maryland @wdvmtv
WDCW-TV CW Washington, D.C. @dcw50
WJHL-TV CBS Tri-Cities, Tennessee (Streaming ONLY) @wjhl11
WVNS-TV CBS Beckley, West Virginia (Streaming ONLY) @WVNS59News

Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, viewers may also access a livestream of the Senate Debate by visiting their local participating Nexstar station’s website.  WAVY-TV in Norfolk, VA will also carry a livestream of the debate.

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 197 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 115 markets or approximately 39% 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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Senior Director of Local Content Development
Nexstar Inc.

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VP/General Manager

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EVP & Chief Communications Officer
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
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