ABC News Partnering with Facebook for General Election Debate Coverage

The presidential debates - scheduled for September 26, October 9, and October 19 - as well as the vice presidential debate, which takes place on October 4, will also air on ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and C-SPAN. The network plans to incorporate Facebook viewer comments and questions into its coverage, Variety reported.

ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson will kick off the evening coverage of each debate on Facebook Live with original series "Strait Talk" at 7:00 p.m. EDT, followed by anchored coverage from "Nightline" co-anchor Dan Harris, Digital Host Amna Nawaz and Granderson through the completion of the debate. So, there could be multiple Facebook streams to keep an eye out for.

ABC News is partnering with the social network to stream the three upcoming presidential debates between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump, as well as the vice presidential debate between Tim Kaine and Mike Pence on Tuesday, October 4. On each debate day, ABC News' Facebook page will also feature streams from viewing parties across the country, as well as from inside spin rooms (where reporters can interface with debaters and campaign reps). Additionally, ABC analysts will host a pre-show on the social media site that will heat things up before the two candidates make their cases.

Those not catching the debates on Facebook can watch live on CBS, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, and NBC.

If you don't have cable but want to catch the general election presidential debates, Facebook is hoping you'll tune into its livestreaming platform.

The partnership highlights the nebulous relationship between Facebook and news organizations.

"As we move further into the election cycle, there continues to be a voracious appetite for live content and we know many users turn to Facebook to engage and participate in the conversation", he continued.



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