COMMENTARY

Political Conventions As Entertainment TV

A well-produced, moving, often inspirational new summer television special aired last week, filled with tears, laughter, passion and pathos. It was called the Democratic National Convention. And that’s the problem. The convention — radically altered to conform with our COVID-dominated times — was the final triumph of TV values in the world of politics and news: feelings over facts, images over words, personality over policy.

Talking TV | Virtual IBC And DNC

TVNewsCheck editors Michael Depp and Harry Jessell discuss the implications for tech vendors on virtualizing this year’s IBC conference and assess the DNC’s grand experiment in virtualizing its convention.

Different View Of Dems On Fox News Primetime

Fox News is providing an hour of convention news coverage each night, the same as broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC. But as cable rivals CNN and MSNBC devote three hours in primetime to the convention — including showing the Democrats’ feed virtually uninterrupted — Fox will not dislodge its biggest opinion stars: Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity.

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman To Speak at DNC

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. She’s one of four current or former Republicans who will be speaking at the convention this week.

Endavo To Launch Global Streaming Apps Ahead Of Democratic National Convention

Endavo Media and Communications, a global video distribution platform for innovative creators and communities, announced today that it will partner with the Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) to live stream the 2020 convention, taking place Aug. 17-20, as the official over-the-top (OTT) platform provider. The event will be available through a custom app developed by […]

FCC Sets Political Convention Coordinator

Louis Libin has been designated as the single point of contact for frequency coordination operations at the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Conventionand the Presidential Inauguration. He’s tasked with insuring that all unlicensed, short-term operations play nicely with one another and with their licensed confrères in the high-pressure, congested-spectrum environment of these three high-profile events.