Leadership Florida and the Florida Press Association are picking TV stations to broadcast debates between the gubernatorial and US Senate candidates. In years past the debates have been aired on public television. In 2010 the candidates will square off on network affiliated station. Wendy Abberber a spokeswoman with Leadership Florida said the move to commercial TV should boost ratings.
“Florida has 20 million residents, only 30 percent of whom were born here. It is so important in Florida that we get the information out to as many people as we can and that we make it as easily available as it can be, and that is certainly the case with the flagship and commercial stations,” said Abberber.
Gubernatorial candidates Bill McCollum and Alex Sink have both committed to the debates. WPLG in Miami, WKMG, in Orlando, and WJXT in Jacksonville will host and broadcast the debates. One TV station is each of the remaining eight markets will be picked to air the debates.