Here’s some more news on the PBS-hosted Democratic debate that CNN will simulcast on Thursday, February 11, courtesy of the Washington Post’s Paul Farhi:
For starters, CNN is paying a licensing fee to PBS for its share of the broadcast; neither side disclosed the financial details to the Washington Post, however the fee is expected to allow them to come “close to break-even” on producing the debate, said Rick Schneider, president of NewsHour Productions and WETA’s chief operating officer.
CNN will also be permitted to have its own broadcasting set from inside the debate hall, as per its agreement with PBS; it will be on the balcony.
The debate calls for only one intermission, meaning CNN will have to cram all of its commercials into one break.
In addition to simulcasting the PBS debate, CNN will host its own Democratic debate between Senator Bernie Sanders and Secretary Hillary Clinton on March 6 in Flint, Michigan.