Nexstar Media Inc. To Host Exclusive Statewide Live Telecast of Republican Gubernatorial Primary Debate on April 27 at 8 P.M.

Twelve Nexstar Stations and WPXI to Bring Exclusive Live Debate Coverage To Over Nine Million Viewers Across Pennsylvania

Harrisburg, PA (April 12, 2022) – Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will host an exclusive multi-market live prime time telecast of a debate between the Republican Party candidates for the Governor of Pennsylvania. “YOUR LOCAL ELECTION HEADQUARTERS: REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARY DEBATE” will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2022, at 8:00 p.m. EDT, at the WHTM/abc27 studio in Harrisburg, PA, and will be telecast to sixty-two counties and streamed throughout the state.

With the addition of broadcast partner, WPXI-TV (Pittsburgh), the live debate will be available via broadcast or digital live stream to every Pennsylvania voter in every county of the state.  The one-hour debate will bring together potentially more than nine million viewers across Pennsylvania and will air live on nine television stations serving the state:  WHTM-TV (ABC) in Harrisburg/Lancaster, Lebanon, York, WPXI-TV (NBC) in Pittsburgh, WPHL-TV (MyNetworkTV) in Philadelphia, WTAJ-TV (CBS) in Johnstown/Altoona/State College, WBRE-TV (NBC) and WYOU-TV (CBS) in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre/Hazleton, WJET-TV (ABC) and WFXP-TV (FOX) in Erie, and WYTV-TV (ABC) in Youngstown, OH.  In addition, the debate will be live streamed on WETM-TV (NBC) in Elmira, NY, WPIX-TV (CW) in New York, NY, WIVB-TV (CBS) in Buffalo, NY, and WDVM-TV (IND) in Washington, D.C. (see table below for more information).  Additionally, all radio stations throughout the commonwealth will be provided free access to the debate.

The debate will be co-hosted by WHTM abc27 News anchor Dennis Owens and WPXI anchor Lisa Sylvester, who will pose questions to the candidates focused on current local and regional issues impacting communities across Pennsylvania. All candidates on the ballot who meet eligibility criteria will be invited to participate. Candidates who have committed to attend include: Lou Barletta, Doug Mastriano, Bill McSwain, and Dave White.

The primary election for Pennsylvania Governor is scheduled to take place on May 17th.   Voters must register to vote by May 2nd.  To register to vote, please visit For more information regarding the upcoming elections, including early voting dates, polling locations and voter identification requirements, please visit

Your Local Election Headquarters: Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Debate
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. EDT

The Pennsylvania Republican Gubernatorial Debate will be carried on the following stations and websites:

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WHTM-TV ABC Harrisburg, Lancaster, Lebanon, York, PA @abc27news
WJET-TV ABC Erie, PA @jetfoxyourerie
WFXP-TV FOX Erie, PA @jetfoxyourerie
WYTV-TV ABC Youngstown, OH @33wytv
WBRE-TV NBC Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, PA @eyewitnessnewstv
WYOU-TV CBS Scranton, Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton, PA @eyewitnessnewstv
WTAJ-TV CBS Johnstown, Altoona, State College, PA @wtajtv
WPHL-TV MyNetworkTV Philadelphia, PA @phl17
WPXI-TV NBC Pittsburgh, PA @wpxi


The U.S. Senate Debate will be streamed on the following websites:

Station Network Market (Counties) Station Website Social
WETM-TV NBC Elmira, NY (Tioga) @wetm18news
WPIX-TV CW New York, NY (Pike) @pix11news
WIVB-TV CBS Buffalo, NY (McKean, Potter) @News4buffalo
WDVM-TV IND Washington, DC (Fulton) @wdvmtv

About Nexstar Media Group, Inc.
Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) is a leading diversified media company that produces and distributes engaging local and national news, sports and entertainment content, including 283,000 hours of original video content each year. Nexstar owns America’s largest local broadcasting group comprised of top network affiliates, with 200 owned or partner stations in 116 U.S. markets reaching 212 million people. Nexstar’s television assets also include NewsNation, America’s fastest-growing national news and entertainment cable network reaching 75 million television homes, popular entertainment multicast networks Antenna TV and Rewind TV, and a 31.3% ownership stake in TV Food Network. The Company’s portfolio of digital assets, including The Hill and BestReviews, are collectively a Top 10 U.S. digital news and information property with over 120 million monthly unique users as of December 31, 2021. In addition to delivering exceptional content and service to our communities, Nexstar provides premium multiplatform advertising opportunities at scale for businesses and brands seeking to leverage the strong consumer engagement of our compelling content offering.  For more information, please visit

Chris Berg
Senior Director of Local Content Development
Nexstar Media Inc.

Robert Bee
Vice President/General Manager
WHTM-TV abc27
(717) 238-0962 Office  or

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