Public Invited to Local Downton Abbey Preview Event

Dec 5, 2013

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 5, 2013

Contacts: Laura Cobin, Donor Communications & Event Coordinator, (618) 453-4287,

Public Invited to Downton Abbey New Season Preview Event

Carbondale, Ill. -- The Friends of WSIU community advisory board and WSIU Public Broadcasting invite the general public to join them for an exclusive sneak peek of the upcoming new season of Downton Abbey. The WSIU stations are licensed to Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The FREE event will be held on Sunday, December 15 and kicks off with tea at 4pm at the Murphysboro Event Center, 1329 Walnut in downtown Murphysboro, Ill. followed at 5pm by a viewing of the first hour of season four of Downton Abbey at the Liberty Theatre, 1333 Walnut. Vic Koenig Chevrolet of Carbondale is sponsoring the event, with additional support from Alliance Investment Planning Group of Carbondale.

Advance registration is required, as seating is limited. Those interested in attending should RSVP with their name and phone number at or 618-453-6122.

Season four of Downton Abbey premieres on WSIU Public Television on Sunday, January 5, 2014 at 8pm. The award-winning Masterpiece series will air on Sundays at 8pm through February 23. New season sponsors are Vic Koenig Chevrolet of Carbondale and Southeast Health.

Written and created by Julian Fellowes, Downton Abbey Season 4 is a Carnival/Masterpiece Co-Production.

About WSIU

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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