Nexstar Inc. To Host Exclusive Statewide Live Telecast of Debate Between Senator Lindsey Graham and Jaime Harrison for the U.S. Senate Seat from South Carolina on October 9 at 7 P.M.

Nexstar Stations and Their Media Partners Join South Carolina Chamber of Commerce to Bring Live Debate Coverage to Over Two Million Viewers Across the State

SPARTANBURG, SC (October 6, 2020) – Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that it will host a multi-market live telecast of a debate between the Republican and Democratic party candidates for the United States Senate from South Carolina, incumbent Senator Lindsey Graham (R) and Jaime Harrison (D).  “U.S. Senate Debate – South Carolina” will take place on Friday, October 9th, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. ET, at the WSPA-TV Studios in Spartanburg, SC, and be telecast throughout the state.

The one-hour debate, presented in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce, will bring together viewers across South Carolina and will air live on five Nexstar television stations serving the state, including: WSPA-TV (CBS) in Spartanburg/Greenville/Anderson, WCBD-TV (NBC) in Charleston/Berkeley/Dorchester, WBTW-TV (CBS) in Myrtle Beach/Florence, WSAV-TV (NBC) in Hilton Head/Beaufort, and Aiken, SC, and WMYT-TV (MyNetworkTV) in Charlotte, NC, and York/Chester/Lancaster/Chesterfield, SC.  The debate will also air on WLTX (CBS) in Columbia, the media partner of WSPA-TV.  WJBF-TV (ABC) in Augusta, GA, will carry only a livestream of the debate.  Local viewers may 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 be moderated by WSPA-TV news anchor Amy Wood, who will be joined by a two member panel including WSPA-TV news anchor Gordon Dill and WCBD-TV anchor Carolyn Murray, who will pose questions to the candidates focused on current local and regional issues impacting communities across the state.  The candidates will be asked for their views on business, the economy, infrastructure, education, health care and the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to taking questions from the moderator and panelists, the candidates will respond to questions from local voters regarding issues that impact their local communities.  Viewers can submit questions for the debate via email to and can follow the debate and related content on social media using the hashtag #scsenatedebate.

“Nexstar and the award-winning news anchors and reporters across our footprint of South Carolina television stations are committed to serving the interests of voters across the state 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 Broadcasting, Inc.  “The ‘US Senate Debate – South Carolina’ is a statewide forum in which voters can 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 South Carolina to bring this exclusive live debate to our viewers across the entire state.  We are grateful to the candidates for their participation, and to the outstanding local communities we serve across South Carolina for their continued viewership and engagement.”

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


U.S. Senate Debate – South Carolina Television Broadcast and Live-Stream
WSPA-TV Studios, 250 International Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303
Friday, October 9th, 2020
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. EST

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

Station Network Market Station Website Social
WSPA-TV CBS Spartanburg/Greenville, SC @WSPA7
WCBD-TV NBC Charleston, SC @WCBD
WBTW-TV CBS Florence/Myrtle Beach, SC @WBTWNews13
WSAV-TV NBC Savannah, GA/Hilton Head, SC @WSAV
WMYT-TV MyNetworkTV Charlotte, NC/York, Chester, Lancaster, Chesterfield, SC @FOX46News

Note: In addition to the live television broadcast, WJBF-TV in Augusta, GA, will carry a livestream only.  Local viewers may also access a livestream of the Senate 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 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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Nexstar Inc.

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Creative Services Director

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EVP & Chief Communications Officer
Nexstar Media Group, Inc
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