TV One has teamed up with CNN to host the “CNN-TV ONE Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall” on Sunday, March 13 from 8-10 p.m. ET, two days before five states hold primary contests on March 15.
To be moderated by Roland S. Martin, host and managing editor of TV ONE’s “News One Now,” and Jake Tapper of CNN, the nationally-televised primetime special will take place at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and air live on CNN and TV ONE simultaneously.
The two-hour town hall will emphasize issues facing Black America, and will follow a similar format of previous Democratic and Republican town halls that CNN has hosted this year.
The event will also be simulcast on Urban Adult Contemporary Radio One stations in each of its 15 urban markets, and live-streamed online and across mobile devices via CNNgo.
“Every election matters, and this year’s Presidential campaign is no different,” stated Roland Martin. “African Americans are some of the most astute voters. The issues we care about the most deserve to be addressed by anyone seeking to be President of the United States. I look forward to vigorous and honest discussion with former Secretary Hillary Clinton and Senator Bernie Sanders.”
“This multi-platform news initiative combines the complementary strengths of our two organizations to reach members of the African American community via every available avenue,” says Brad Siegel, President of TV ONE. “CNN and TV One working together can facilitate discussion of issues particularly relevant to our audience, an underserved yet very important constituency.”
Following the Town Hall, on Monday, March 14, “News One Now” will air a special two-hour edition broadcasting from the student union facility at The Ohio State University, from 7am to 9am.
In addition, viewers are encouraged to visit News One Now’s companion website NewsOne.com and #NewsOneNow on Twitter for a chance to have Martin ask Clinton and Sanders their questions. NewsOne.com will also feature clips and community interviews from the event.