RLTV Spearheads Groundbreaking Initiative For November Election

In Prime Votes, a first of its kind campaign, RLTV is empowering and mobilizing seniors to make their voices heard and affect change.

Oct 15, 2010, 12:00 ET from Retirement Living TV

BALTIMORE, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Retirement Living TV (RLTV), the only cable network dedicated to covering matters of concern for Boomers, retired and mature Americans and advocating on behalf of seniors, is launching Prime Votes, a series of programs designed specifically to address the issues of fundamental importance in the upcoming election.  This November, choices will be made that will directly impact older adults. The outcomes will have long-term repercussions.

As part of its extensive and informative programming in the Prime Votes initiative, RLTV is proud to present a two-part 60-minute special, Prime Votes: The National Forums hosted by Cokie Roberts, the senior news analyst for NPR and chief congressional analyst for ABC News.  Each show will provide the opportunity for extensive input from the public as pollsters Frank Luntz and Mark Mellman lead "Man on the Street" packages giving seniors a chance to have their voices heard.  Cokie Roberts will also moderate a discussion in the studio in front of a live audience.  The forums will be centered on roundtable discussions featuring an impressive panel of leading opinion-makers and political insiders from both parties who will delve deeply and candidly into the troubling issues imperative to seniors in the upcoming election.

Prime Votes: The National Forums will premiere on Thursday and Friday, October 21st and 22nd at 8pm on RLTV.  The National Forums will also air the weekend of October 23rd on C-SPAN.

As part of its extensive and informative programming in the Prime Votes initiative, RLTV is providing ongoing dispatches called Prime Votes: Election 2010 Newsdesk.  Sam Donaldson, 42-year veteran of ABC News and former White House Correspondent, and John Palmer, former anchor for NBC's The Today Show, host daily news segments, five days a week, at 5, 7, 9, and 11pm on RLTV.  Along with the incisive and compelling commentary of the anchors these timely updates will also feature field reports from a range of notable contributors and will examine the latest news as it develops and investigate trends in the political landscape, all from a senior perspective.  This is essential viewing for RLTV's viewers to better prepare them for the crucial election ahead.

Issues of vital importance to the well-being of those adults 55+ will be decided in the coming years and it is imperative that seniors -- already the most powerful voting bloc -- be fully informed and make their votes count. Issues such as healthcare, education, the environment, social security, along with the ongoing economic downturn that is disproportionately affecting seniors, make this election a turning point. This isn't about politics, it's about your future.

About the Hosts:

Cokie Roberts:

Cokie Roberts serves as a senior news analyst for NPR where she was the congressional correspondent for over ten years. Roberts is also a political commentator and chief congressional analyst for ABC News -- reporting for World News Tonight and other broadcasts—and co-anchored "This Week with Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts." 

Before joining ABC News in 1988 Roberts was a contributor for The MacNeil/Lehrer News Hour on PBS where her coverage of the Iran-Contra Affair won her the Edward Weintal Prize for Diplomatic Reporting.  She has also been a reporter for CBS News, stationed in Athens, and the producer and host of a public affairs program on WRC-TV in Washington, D.C.

Roberts is a former president of the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association and has won numerous awards, including the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for coverage of Congress, and an Emmy Award for her contribution to "Who is Ross Perot?" In 2002 Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer for which she was successfully treated.

Sam Donaldson

Sam Donaldson is 42-year ABC News veteran, serving two appointments as chief White House correspondent and anchoring a variety of shows including "World News Sunday," "This Week With Sam Donaldson & Cokie Roberts," and -- with Diane Sawyer -- "PrimeTime Live."  He has hosted his own national radio show and also the first regularly scheduled Internet webcast produced by a television network.

Mr. Donaldson has covered the greatest, most notable, and most notorious events of the last five decades including Vietnam, Watergate, and the Lockerbie bombing.  He has unflinchingly interviewed everyone who's mattered during the last five decades, from actor Sean Connery and baseball great Willie Mays to Presidents Carter, Ford, Clinton, and Bush.

Mr. Donaldson has won many awards, including four Emmys, three Peabodys, Broadcaster of the Year from the National Press Foundation, and The Washington Journalism Review's Best Television Correspondent in the Business in 1986, 1987, 1988 and 1989.

John Palmer

With over five decades of experience in broadcast news, John Palmer has covered the world. He has served as a correspondent in Chicago, Paris, and the Middle East, as well as in the White House covering Presidents Carter, Reagan, Clinton, and Bush. For seven years Mr. Palmer was the news anchor for The Today Show and later anchored NBC News at Sunrise. During his almost 40 years with NBC, he briefly stepped away to host a weekly series for the Discovery Channel and, following that, to anchor the Christian Science Monitor's daily national news broadcast, World Monitor with John Palmer. Currently, Palmer hosts two shows for RLTV:  Encore with John Palmer and Prudent Advisor.

Prime Votes: 2010 Election Newsdesk and The National Forums Executive Producer is Jay Garfinkel and Senior Producer Terry Irving.

About Retirement Living TV

Retirement Living TV (RLTV) is the only cable network dedicated to serving the needs of adults 55+ with information and entertainment that inspires and enhances the perception of aging. The network has Emmy award-winning programming that addresses a variety of subjects and genres including health, finance, travel, reality, comedy, and drama. It is RLTV's vision to be the top television network, online destination, and media brand for adults 55+. For more information, log on to WWW.RL.TV.

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