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RLTV AND GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY’S FACE THE FACTS USA ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP

Initial Debt and Deficit panel discussion with former Sen. Alan Simpson and budget expert Jared Bernstein will air on RLTV Wed., Oct. 10 at 8 PM ET

October 9, 2012, Baltimore, MD and Washington, DC – RLTV, the only cable network and online destination for adults 50+, and Face the Facts USA, a project of The George Washington University, will collaborate on a series of panel discussions and Town Hall meetings addressing vitally important problems facing America today. These events will air on RLTV as part of its solutions-oriented Fix America initiative, which creates content around relevant and pressing issues.

Scheduled to air Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 8 PM ET on the eve of the Vice Presidential debate, the first televised event, Fix America: Debt & The Deficit; A Face the Facts USA Special, will feature a discussion between former Sen. Alan Simpson (R-WY), who co-chaired President Obama’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform, and budget expert Jared Bernstein, former chief economist and economic adviser to Vice President Biden. The conversation is moderated by Face the Facts USA founder, journalist Frank Sesno, director of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs.

Additional Fix America/Face the Facts USA special events will include panels on:

  • Ending Senior Hunger, to air Nov. 15
  • The Health Care Dilemma, to air Jan. 17, 2013.

Town Hall meetings will include:

  • Pursuing Prosperity, to air on Nov. 1, and
  • The People Have Spoken, a post-election issue discussion to air on Nov. 29.

“We relish the opportunity to join with Frank Sesno, The George Washington University and Face the Facts USA to bring RLTV viewers these specials in an effort to encourage credible solutions to the many complex issues that we are facing today,” said RLTV President and CEO Paul FitzPatrick. “We know our viewers remain concerned with immediate issues like the economy and healthcare that affect their daily lives, as well as with issues like the national debt and education that affect the future of their children and grandchildren.”

“We created Face the Facts USA to engage Americans who know the health of our democracy is dependent upon having the facts so we can debate and decide from a truly informed perspective," said Sesno. “RLTV’s viewers understand the issues and the stakes better than anyone. I'm confident the panels and Town Hall meetings will demonstrate that fact-based discussion can lead to consensus and compromise."

About Face the Facts USA

Face the Facts USA is a new nonpartisan, multi-platform content hub and civic engagement initiative dedicated to elevating the tone of national debate with provocative facts. It is based at The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.

About RLTV
RLTV (www.rl.tv) is the only cable network and online destination for adults 50+, offering a unique brand of programming and content that mature, experienced and knowledgeable viewers appreciate and desire. The network’s Emmy Award-winning programming focuses on everything from financial planning and second careers to travel and entertainment; from health and wellness to issues and engagement.

About The George Washington University
In the heart of the nation's capital with additional programs in Virginia, the George Washington University was created by an Act of Congress in 1821. Today, GW is the largest institution of higher education in the District of Columbia. The university offers comprehensive programs of undergraduate and graduate liberal arts study, as well as degree programs in medicine, public health, law, engineering, education, business and international affairs. Each year, GW enrolls a diverse population of undergraduate, graduate and professional students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and more than 130 countries.

Media Contacts:

Lynn McReynolds
McReynolds Elek Communications for RLTV
410-268-0275, lynn@mcreynoldselek.com

Taylor Tibbetts
202-994-1462, taylor_t@gwmail.gwu.edu

Photos from Fix America: Debt and the Deficit. A Face the Facts USA Special can be downloaded here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/rltv/. Photo credit: Fritz Photographics for RLTV.