NEW YORK, Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- V-me, America's fastest-growing Hispanic TV network, breaks new ground with live Primetime coverage and analysis in Spanish of the first Presidential Debate, Friday, September 26.
First, V-me presents the Debate - live and in Spanish at 9pm (ET), 8pm (CT), 6pm (PT).
Immediately after the debate -- 10:30pm (ET), 9:30pm (CT), 7:30pm (PT) -- V-me's award-winning anchor Jorge Gestoso hosts a live interactive forum from New York, joined by:
-- Jorge Castaneda, former Foreign Minister of Mexico and visiting professor at Columbia University, columnist for the Mexican daily Reforma, the Spanish daily El Pais and Newsweek International;
-- Arturo Valenzuela, former National Security advisory to President Clinton, Director of Latin American Studies at Georgetown University;
-- Adolfo Franco, Advisor to John McCain and former Latin America administrator for USAID;
-- Marcela Sanchez, Washington Post columnist ("Desde Washington");
-- Jose Lopez Zamorano, Washington Bureau Chief for Mexican news agency Notimex.
The live discussion will be enhanced by Q&A from the studio audience, as well as the participation of audiences at home and online.
Before, during and after the debate - in the first offering from V-me Movil mobile services -viewers can vote for the candidate they feel will win or has won the debate by texting to 55225.
Leading up to and throughout the Forum, visitors to VmeTV.com/Participa2008 can give opinions or pose questions to the panel, by sending messages via the V-me Vox Box or emailing opina@Participa2008.com.
During the forum, comments and questions from a live blog hosted by Voto Latino, the leading organization for Latino Youth Voter empowerment, will be integrated into the program.
At VmeTv.com, visitors can also read blogs, enter discussion boards, take part in polls, and play V-me's newly-launched Spanish version of "Select-A-Candidate," the popular interactive voter education tool from American Public Media.
PARTICIPA 2008, V-me's year-long initiative for high-quality political coverage and voter education in Spanish, is made possible in part by a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Additional funding for PARTICIPA 2008 Presidential Debate and Interactive Forum was provided by The Rockefeller Brothers Fund.
V-me reaches more than 6 million Hispanic homes and is presented locally by public TV stations and carried on basic digital cable and digital broadcast in many cities and nationally on DIRECTV Ch. 440, DISH Network Ch. 9414 and DISHLatino Ch. 846. To find specific channel information for your market, http://www.vmetv.com/
V-me entertains and informs Latino families in Spanish with primetime drama, music, sports, current affairs and Latin cinema, along with world class kids, food, lifestyle and nature. The 24-hour network, partnered with public television, is America's largest Spanish digital channel. V-me is the first venture of the media production and distribution company, V-me Media Inc. To find out more visit VmeTV.com V-me
Web site: http://www.vmetv.com/http://www.vmetv.com/Participa2008
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