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CNN will partner with TV ONE 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.  

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.  Emphasizing issues facing Black America, the two-hour 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.

The March 13 event will follow a similar format of the five critically acclaimed Democratic and Republican town halls that CNN has hosted this year and serve as the closing statement in this “Super Tuesday” Democratic primary before Florida, Illinois, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio hold primaries on Tuesday, March 15.

“Every election matters, and this year’s Presidential campaign is no different,” stated 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.”

Following the Town Hall on Monday, March 14, “News One Now” will continue putting the news into perspective from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. ET in a special two-hour edition broadcasting from the student union facility at The Ohio State University.

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.

“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.”

For more information about the “CNN-TV ONE Ohio Democratic Presidential Town Hall,” visit TV ONE’s companion websites, www.tvone.tv and www.newsone.com, and check out TV ONE’s YouTube Channel.  TV ONE viewers are also invited to join the conversation by connecting via social media on TwitterInstagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #DemTownHall.


Launched in January 2004, TV ONE (www.tvone.tv) serves 57 million households, offering a broad range of real-life and entertainment-focused original programming, classic series, movies and music designed to entertain and inform a diverse audience of adult Black viewers. The network is the exclusive home of News One Now, the only live daily news program targeting Black viewers. In December 2008, the company launched TV ONE High Def, which now serves 14 million households. TV ONE is solely owned by Radio One [NASDAQ: ROIA and ROIAK, www.radio-one.com], the largest radio company that primarily targets Black and urban listeners.


Emanating from the heart of Washington D.C. in a state-of-the-art studio that offers a stunning view of the Capitol building, News One Now airs Monday through Friday on TV ONE from 7-8 a.m. ET. News One Now is hosted by Roland S. Martin, the 2013 National Association of Black Journalists’ Journalist of the Year and former host of TV ONE’s long-running, award-winning weekly news program, Washington Watch with Roland Martin. Each morning, Martin – who also serves as the program’s managing editor – sifts through the headlines of the day to spotlight matters that greatly impact the African American community. In addition to television, News One Now reaches audiences 24/7 with exclusive program content and extended editorial on NewsOne.com and the NewsOne mobile app. News One Now is an evolution of Interactive One’s award-winning digital brand NewsOne.com that launched in 2008 and reaches millions of African Americans each month.

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