Viacom Nets To Air President Obama Town Hall Event

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Viacom-owned cable networks including BET and MTV will air a one-hour, commercial free town hall event with President Barack Obama on Oct. 14.
The special, A Conversation with President Obama, will air live before an audience of approximately 250 young people representing a broad cross-section of backgrounds, interests and political viewpoints, said Viacom officials. Centric, CMT, mtvU and TR3 will also telecast the event, which will be hosted by MTV's Sway Calloway, BET's April Woodard and CMT's Katie Cook.
President Obama will answer questions on a wide range of topics from the studio audience as well as from viewers who submit questions via Twitter. This special event will also be streamed live over BET.com, CMT.com and MTV.com.
"Our brands reach and connect with the broadest swath of young people in the U.S. because we understand their interests, their passions and their concerns," said Viacom President and CEO Philippe Dauman in a statement. "We know that America's youth hold strong views about the challenges our country faces as well as their own aspirations for the future. We are honored that the President has chosen to appear on our cable networks to continue his dialogue with the nation's young people."

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