Here’s the official release on tomorrow night’s (1/16) live show on NPT-Channel 8 on the English Language Referendum. Be sure to check back tomorrow morning about 10 a.m. Central to get an advance look at the video that will open the show.
For Immediate Release
January 15, 2009
NPT to Host Live Discussion on English Language Referendum
Moderated by John Seigenthaler, PERSPECTIVES: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REFERENDUM explores issues for and against ratification
Davidson County voters go to the polls on January 22 to vote for or against ratifying a controversial English language amendment that proponents call “English-first” and opponents call “English-only.” Viewers for and against the amendment will have a chance to better understand its nuances, and call in with their own questions, when moderator John Seigenthaler hosts Perspectives: The English Language Referendum, a half-hour show live from Nashville Public Television’s Studio A this Friday night, January 16, at 7:00 p.m. CT on NPT.
Nashville attorney David Briley, a representative for Nashville For All Of Us, a broad coalition opposed to ratifying the amendment, will defend his position. The amendment’s author, Eric Crafton, Metro councilmember District 22, though initially scheduled to represent those who support it, has since confirmed that he will not appear on the show. Should councilmember Crafton reconsider, he will be welcomed, according to producer Justin Harvey.
A video detailing the potential impact of ratifying the English language amendment will serve as an introduction to the panel discussion. The video will also be available, in advance of the broadcast, at the NPT Media Update blog (http://www.npt08.wordpress.com) at 10:00 a.m. CT, Friday, January 16.
Viewers can submit questions in advance by e-mailing email@example.com, or by calling the number on the screen during the live broadcast.
WHO: John Seigenthaler, David Briley
WHAT: PERSPECTIVES: THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE REFERENDUM, a live discussion on the merits of ratifying or not ratifying the English language amendment.
WHEN: Friday, January 16, 2009 7:00 p.m. CT
WHERE: NPT-Channel 8.
About Nashville Public Television
Nashville Public Television is available free and over the air to nearly 2.2 million people throughout the Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky viewing area, and is watched by more than 600,000 households every week. NPT provides, through the power of traditional television and interactive telecommunications, high quality educational, cultural and civic experiences that address issues and concerns of the people of the Nashville region, and which thereby help improve the lives of those we serve.
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