Nexstar Media Inc. to Host Exclusive Live Statewide Telecast of Debate Among Republican Candidates in California’s Gubernatorial Recall Election on August 19 at 7 P.M. PT

Six Nexstar Stations in California to Bring Coverage To Over 28 Million Viewers Across the State Via Broadcast and Livestream

SAN FRANCISCO, CA and IRVING, TX (August 17, 2021) – Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that its six television stations serving California will host an exclusive live multi-market telecast of a debate among the Republican party candidates in the California Gubernatorial recall election. The telecast, “Inside California Politics: Gubernatorial Recall Debate,” will take place on Thursday, August 19, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. PT in the studios of KRON-TV, and will include former San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer, businessman John Cox, and Northern California Assemblyman Kevin Kiley.

The one-hour debate will bring together potentially 28 million viewers across California and will air on six Nexstar television stations, including: KTLA-TV (CW) in Los Angeles, KRON-TV (MyNetwork) in San Francisco, KTXL-TV (FOX) in Sacramento, KSWB-TV (FOX) in San Diego, KSEE-TV (NBC) in Fresno, and KGET-TV (NBC) in Bakersfield. Local viewers may also access a livestream of the debate online by visiting the website of their local Nexstar station.

The debate will be moderated by KTXL-TV news anchor Nikki Laurenzo and KTLA-TV news anchor Frank Buckley, who co-host the weekly program “Inside California Politics,” airing on Nexstar stations throughout the state. They will pose questions to the candidates focused on current local and regional issues impacting communities across California. The candidates will be asked for their views on the coronavirus pandemic and health care, the extreme drought and climate change, education, infrastructure, and the economy. In addition to taking questions from the moderators and panelists, the candidates will respond to questions from local voters.

Nexstar used its own is non-discriminatory and unbiased debate criteria to qualify candidates for the debate. Governor Gavin Newsom and candidates Larry Elder and Caitlyn Jenner were invited to participate, but all three declined to attend.

Debate watchers can follow the event and related content on social media using the hashtag #InsideCAPolitics. The California Gubernatorial Recall Election will be held Tuesday, September 14.
“Nexstar is proud to harness the combined resources of our broadcast and digital operations in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, San Diego, Fresno, and Bakersfield – collectively covering local communities in 92 percent of the state,” said Matthew Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President and Regional Manager, who oversees Nexstar’s California media operations. “We expect this debate will allow the candidates to share their vision for the future of California and to discuss substantive issues affecting residents of our great state.”

The debate will be carried on the following stations and streamed on their websites and mobile apps.

Station Network Market Station Website Twitter
KTLA-TV CW Los Angeles @KTLA
KRON-TV MyNetwork San Francisco @kron4news
KTXL-TV FOX Sacramento @FOX40
KSWB-TV FOX San Diego @fox5sandiego
KGET-TV NBC Bakersfield @KGETnews

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.

News organizations using excerpts of the debate must include a mandatory courtesy “Nexstar Media Inc., Inside California Politics.”

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) 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. Its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Nexstar Media Inc., consists of three divisions: Broadcasting, Digital, and Networks. The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 199 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. The Digital Division operates 120 local websites and 284 mobile apps offering hyper-local content and verticals for consumers and advertisers, allowing audiences to choose where, when and how they access content and creating new revenue opportunities for the company. The Networks Division operates NewsNation, formerly WGN America, a national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, multicast network Antenna TV, and WGN Radio in Chicago. Nexstar also owns a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network, a top tier cable asset. For more information, please visit

Chris Berg
Senior Director of Local Content Development
Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.

Gary Weitman
EVP & Chief Communications Officer
Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
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