Press Release
December 16, 2015


DEC. 16, 2015 – NBC News and YouTube will join forces to present the final Democratic presidential debate before the first primary and caucus votes are cast.

The NBC News—YouTube Democratic Candidates Debate, hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus Institute, will take place on Sunday, January 17, 2016 at the state-of-the-art Gaillard Center in Charleston, South Carolina. “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt will serve as moderator, joined by other NBC News political reporters and analysts for surrounding coverage. The event is sanctioned by the Democratic National Committee and the South Carolina Democratic Party.

The debate will air live on the NBC network from 9-11pm ET and stream live on all NBC News digital platforms, NBC owned station and affiliate websites, and the NBC News YouTube channel. Both the on air broadcast and digital stream will incorporate questions from the YouTube community and Google Trends data.

South Carolina is home to the “First in the South” primary, with this debate being the first of 2016 and the fourth of six DNC-sanctioned events.

Further details about format, qualifying criteria, and media credentialing will be announced in the coming weeks.

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