Link TV and KCET Bring German National Election to Viewers Starting September 3 on Link TV with Live Debate Coverage

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Live Coverage of Debates, Election and Post Election Wrap Special Broadcast In Partnership with Germany’s International Broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW): Three Related Web Specials Online

BURBANK, Calif.August 31, 2016KCETLink Media Group, a leading national independent nonprofit public broadcast and digital network, which includes both Southern California's KCET public television service as well as the Link TV national satellite network, announced today plans to take their respective television viewers and website users to the upcoming Sun., Sept. 24 German national election – for an alternative perspective to the coverage by mainstream media. KCET and Link TV’s on-air and online audience will get a unique insight into Germany’s current political climate and the platforms of its political party candidates thanks to a variety of programming from Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW).

KCET public television in Southern California plans to broadcast the election live on Sun., Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. While Link TV, available nationwide to all subscribers of Dish Network (channel 9410) and DirecTV (channel 375), will be carrying two live debates (Sun., Sept. 3 and Wed., Sept. 13), election day coverage (captioned) on Sun., Sept. 24 and a post-election special edition on Mon., Sept. 25 during the internationally acclaimed talk show QUADRIGA.

DW will also provide digital video content for KCET and Link TV that will be used on both online platforms at kcet.org and linktv.org as well as both services’ social media platforms that will introduce the current situation in Germany, in preparation of the elections. All videos are two to three minutes long and will be available starting in early September. KCET and Link TV’s social media platforms will also feature timely Tweets (@KCET and @LinkTV), and Facebook posts (Facebook.com/KCET28 and Facebook.com/LinkTV) with related content from the programming. Join the conversation on social media by using #GermanyDecides

Election coverage highlights to be broadcast on KCET and Link TV are as follows (subject to change):


DW NEWS Live Coverage: Merkel vs. Schulz TV Debate

Sept. 3 from 11 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. PT on Link TV / English Voice Over (simultaneous translation)


Sept. 13 from 4 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. PT on Link TV

CONFLICT ZONE invites representatives from seven parties to face tough questions in a live debate just days ahead of Germany's national election moderated by Conflict Zone's Tim Sebastian. It will be conducted in English and focus on foreign policy. The panel will include members of all parties likely to win seats. The main topics of discussion: EU and Brexit, the U.S. under President Trump, relations with Russia, relations with Turkey, refugees and migration.

DW NEWS with live coverage: The German Election 2017

Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. PT on both KCET and Link TV

(Polls close – 9 a.m. PT)

QUADRIGA – International Debate from Berlin Special Edition:

The German Election 2017

Sept. 25 from 4 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PT on Link TV


Web/Social Video Content

#GermanyDecides – Election Roadtrip

A team of reporters from DW is driving across the republic to take stock of opinions before the country votes for a new parliament in autumn. The program aims to chart the country’s mood and answer the international audience’s question: "What really concerns the German voter?"

#GermanyDecides - View of Germany

A personal impression of people based outside of Germany on their thoughts about the elections.

#GermanyDecides – Visit the Party Strongholds

 Reports from German cities representing the strongholds of specific political parties.
Deutsche Welle (DW) is Germany's international broadcaster and a trusted source for reliable, news and information with content in 30 languages. The flagship channel DW provides analysis and insights to viewers around the globe, reporting on important issues in English 24/7. With continuous news, special features and talk shows covering everything from business, science and politics to culture and sports, DW brings people closer to what matters most – made in Germany, made for minds.


KCETLink Media Group is a national independent, nonprofit, digital and broadcast network that provides high-quality, culturally diverse programming designed to engage the public in innovative, entertaining and transformative ways. With a commitment to independent perspectives, smart global entertainment, local communities, and opportunities for engagement and social action, KCETLink depicts people and the world through a lens unavailable elsewhere in U.S. media. A viewer-supported 501(c)(3) organization, KCETLink content is distributed nationally via satellite on Link TV DIRECTV channel 375 and DISH Network channel 9410 and on KCET in Southern and Central California via broadcast and cable, as well as through various digital delivery systems. For additional information about KCET and Link TV productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org or linktv.org. Select programming from KCET and Link TV is also available for streaming on Apple TV, and Roku platforms.

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