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FamilyNet slates nightly coverage of political conventions

FORT WORTH, Texas (BP)–Coverage of the Republican and Democratic conventions will be aired on FamilyNet, the broadcast subsidiary of the Southern Baptist North American Mission Board.

FamilyNet’s “Decision 2004 — Boston” during the July 27-29 Democratic convention will be aired live from 9-10 p.m. Eastern time as will “Decision 2004 — New York” in the same time slot during the Aug. 31-Sept. 2 Republican convention.

FamilyNet’s July 8 announcement of the wrap-up-style broadcasts noted that their focus will be convention news and information related to family and faith issues.

The nightly programs will include:

— Live reports from the convention floor with FamilyNet news director Lorri Allen and special guests.

— In-studio features and panel segments moderated by news anchor John Criswell, featuring such guests as Richard Land, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission and host of the weekly “Richard Land Live!” syndicated radio broadcast; Janet Parshall, the host of “Janet Parshall’s America,” a three-hour nationally syndicated radio program; Peter Roussel, special assistant and deputy press secretary to President Reagan from 1981-87; and Hugh Hewitt, a Los Angeles-based political commentator and host of the syndicated “Hugh Hewitt Show” radio program.

“As well as reporting on important issues, party platforms and campaign promises, we intend to bring our viewers the stories that may not be seen anywhere else,” Allen said. “We will seek out stories that are family focused as well as issues with a faith-based point of view.”

FamilyNet President Bob Sutton said the coverage will seek to “filter through the rhetoric, by focusing on substantial issues that are relevant to the lives of those we represent,” while Vice President of Programming Martin Coleman noted, “We will explore issues like how the candidates’ and delegates’ faith plays into their decisions as well as how a candidate’s faith impacts the voters’ decisions toward the candidate.”

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, FamilyNet is a 24-hour television network airing more than 50 hours of original, values-based programs to a potential audience of more than 32 million households. Information about FamilyNet outlets is on the Web at www.FamilyNet.com or available by phoning 1-800-832-6638.

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