New nonpartisan series on television and the Internet focuses on candidates, elected officials

A new groundbreaking series featured on television and the Internet — “Colorado Election 2010 TM” — had its debut on Feb. 1, on COMCAST Entertainment Television at 8:00 pm. The nonpartisan series offers citizens the opportunity to hear candidates and both current and former major elected officials in an unrehearsed, substantive manner. More programs have been dedicated to the candidates and issues than has ever been done in the history of television, according to Aaron Harber, moderator of the series.

“The purpose of ’Colorado Election 2010’ is to promote civil discourse at a time when our nation is terribly fragmented and people often are not listening to each other,” explained Harber. The series will consist of 40 programs — the most ever done for an election cycle via cable, over-the-air, and Internet broadcasting in the history of the United States and the world.

The series began with an in-depth, no-holds-barred two-part interview in the Executive Chambers of the Capitol with Governor Bill Ritter. Jr. The Governor discusses the state of politics, his decision to not run for re-election, and the reality Democratic candidates face today. Additional topics include the high and low points of his administration. The 40-program series will be equally balanced between Republicans and Democrats.

The first program on COMCAST Entertainment Television Cable Channel 5 (Channel 4 in some parts of the State) will be rebroadcasted on Sunday, Feb. 7, at 7:30 am. COMCAST also is making all the programs available 24/7 via its Video on Demand service at no charge through the November 2 General Election. The programs also are being broadcast by KPXC-TV (ION Media Networks), the Open Media Foundation (Denver Open Media/DCTV), and TV Aspen.

“Colorado Election 2010” also will feature another innovation — the Print Publication Advantage Program (“PPAP”) —http://www.Colorado2010.com/Publishers.pdf. PPAP participants will receive each program in advance of the television broadcast premiere so they can offer it to their readers via their own Web sites before it is on television. Noting the high correlation between newspaper readers and voters, Harber opined, “These newspapers will connect us with the ideal demographic for the series — Colorado’s opinion leaders and most electorally active citizens.” The PPAP concept of giving print publications television programming in advance of its actual broadcast on television is believed to be groundbreaking.

“Colorado Election 2010” is provided as a public service to the citizens of Colorado. It is a nonpartisan program that engenders civil discourse and informed discussion of critical issues.