LG Was Official Technology Provider For Both Political Conventions

LG Electronics USA was selected as Official Technology Provider for the 2020 Democratic National Convention and 2020 Republican National Convention. LG also was named the “Official 4K UHD Display” of both of this year’s unconventional conventions. Under its agreement with the Democratic National Convention Committee, LG supplied 4K Ultra HD displays to support the Milwaukee-based […]

TV Ratings For Biden And Trump Signal An Increasingly Polarized Nation

Fox News dominated ratings for the Republican convention, and MSNBC was the clear No. 1 for the Democrats’ gathering.

Fox News Scored 11% More Viewers For First Night Of GOP Convention Compared To 2016

Not only did Fox News pull in the biggest audience for the first night of the Republican convention, but the network scored more viewers than they did four years ago for the opening of the 2016 event. According to Nielsen Media Research data, Fox News averaged 7.063 million total viewers from 10 p.m. ET to 11 p.m. ET, an 11% jump from 2016, when it pulled brought in 6.348 million viewers for the opening night of the RNC that first nominated Donald Trump to be president.

Networks’ Challenge: Covering A Live Convention When Falsehoods Fly

President Trump lobbed unsubstantiated claims during his Monday speech in Charlotte, N.C. TV broadcasters are trying to balance voters’ right to hear directly from their president with efforts to keep viewers informed of the facts.

First Day Shows Media Coverage Of Political Conventions Is A Sore Spot

Day One of the Republican National Convention featured a complaint about his coverage by President Donald Trump, some aggressive fact-checking by television reporters and an odd social media backlash against Fox News Channel, the favorite network of the president’s fans. Above, Donald Trump Jr., is seen on a video monitor as he tapes his speech for the first day of the Republican National Convention from the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.

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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.

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.

OVERNIGHTS

ABC Draws Largest DNC Audience On Mon.

The Disney-owned network drew 2.1 million total viewers to its 10 p.m. coverage of the convention, and scored a 0.3 rating among adults 18-49. NBC tied in the demo, but came second with 1.9 million viewers. CBS lagged behind in the third with a 0.2 rating and 1.7 million total viewers. That gives a total of around 5.8 million viewers across all three, which is around half the viewership from the last convention.

MSNBC Goes Temporarily Dark On DirecTV Amid Convention Coverage

TV’s Unconventional Convention Night

Typical conventions have moments for television analysts to comfortably opine, when there’s a set change, a boring speaker who drones on too long or lengthy applause by delegates. Yet there were fewer obvious moments to slip away Monday. CNN and MSNBC essentially sidelined their onscreen talent to show virtually all the production. Others missed moments in order to get in some words edgewise. Above, the control room where live feeds are managed in operation for the first night of the virtual DNC convention at the Wisconsin Center on Aug. 17 in Milwaukee.

How TV Transformed Political Conventions

At the first widely televised political convention in 1948, a smiling Clare Boothe Luce stepped to the microphone with her blonde curls and white pearls shining under the bright lights. To delegates inside Philadelphia’s Municipal Auditorium, the former Republican congresswoman looked perfect. But on black-and-white television screens, “her face, hair and dress were all one washed-out color and her gestures seeming ill-matched and awkward,” one columnist wrote. This week, TV networks will be facing new kinds of challenges adjusting convention coverage because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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.

Coronavirus Upends Conventions, Coverage

The standard political gatherings that were to unfold for the Democratic Party in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and for the GOP in Charlotte, North Carolina, will be largely virtual, constrained by the coronavirus. That won’t stop TV scrutiny of the speeches and other activities leading up to Joe Biden’s Democratic Party nomination for president on Thursday, Aug. 20, and the GOP’s renomination of President Donald Trump the following week.

CNN Plans Six Hours Of Coverage For Each Night Of Conventions

NBC News Sets Political Conventions Lineup

Political Conventions Largely A Mystery

News executives are adjusting on the fly to nominating conventions for President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden that will be primarily virtual because of the coronavirus pandemic. Much of what is planned is still a mystery, particularly for the Republicans.

TVN FOCUS ON JOURNALISM

TVN Focus On Journalism | Local TV Plans Reduced Convention Presence

Station groups say they will send fewer correspondents to August’s largely virtualized political conventions and centralize their reporting resources. At the same time, they see local coverage opportunities of the conventions expanding, largely down to use of the remote production technology they’ve already been mastering for months during the pandemic.

Trump’s Call On What GOP Convention Will Look Like

After a venue change, spiking coronavirus cases and a sharp recession, Trump aides and allies are increasingly questioning whether it’s worth the trouble, and some are advocating that the convention be scrapped altogether. Conventions are meant to lay out a candidate’s vision for the coming four years, not spark months of intrigue over the health and safety of attendees, they have argued. Ultimately, the decision on whether to move forward will be Trump’s alone.

Cable Nets To Team Up On Convention Coverage

CNN, MSNBC and Fox News are in talks to coordinate pool coverage to reduce the number of journalists in potentially infectious areas.

TVN’S TECH ONE-ON-ONE WITH LOUIS LIBIN

TVN Tech | At 2020 Conventions, Less Spectrum For TV

Louis Libin, chairman of Election Wireless 2020, coordinates wireless requirements for broadcasters at the upcoming conventions, debates and election night. He says the repack has made assigning spectrum more challenging than ever, and that broadcasters must temper their expectations relative to past years.

ABC Lessons From Streaming Conventions

ABC News is in the midst of delivering 24-hour Facebook Live coverage of the political conventions, as part of a partnership with Facebook. Mădălina Ciobanu spoke with Dan Linden, global head of social media for ABC News, about the key takeaways from the past week and a half. Among them: break up coverage into shorter blocks and show people what they won’t find on traditional TV news.

Dem Convention Opens On Par With RNC

The Big 3’s 10 o’clock coverage of the Democratic National Convention on Monday totaled 10.5 million total viewers and a cumulative 2.5 demo rating, up a tick from Night 1 of the RNC.

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Jon Stewart Fires Back At Trump Speech

NEW YORK (AP) — Jon Stewart has told Donald Trump’s supporters they can’t take America back, because they “don’t own” the country in a riff that mirrored his signature segments on “The Daily Show.” Stewart was back behind a late night desk Thursday night, joining former Comedy Central colleague Stephen Colbert on a live version […]

RNC Media Row Offers Convention Sideshow

If the Republican National Convention is a political circus, Media Row is definitely the can’t-miss sideshow. In a parking garage next to Quicken Loans Arena, Republican politicians, convention speakers, delegates and (mostly B-list) celebrities have made the rounds this week along a long, winding line of more than 160 TV, radio, and online media outlet booths.

DMA 18: CLEVELAND

Cleveland Stations Provide Raw RNC Access

It’s been an interesting week for Americans watching the nomination process in Cleveland this week. And local TV stations news operations are providing on Facebook a look at the events that is often raw and unedited, just as it happens on the streets in and around the convention.

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Ted Cruz Gives RNC Its Dramatic TV Moment

Ted Cruz’s non-endorsement speech for Donald Trump Wednesday night gave TV viewers the moments of excitement they craved from the convention when the floor erupted in boos and chants of “Endorse Trump.”

DMA 18: CLEVELAND

Cleveland Stations Providing Raw RNC Access

DMA 18: CLEVELAND-AKRON, OH

WEWS Creates Survival Guide For Clevelanders

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Even Media Folk Down On RNC Media Overkill

As seemingly every journalist in the country has converged on Cleveland this week, even those inside the media are starting to wonder about the convention’s media overkill. “There’s a rule of thumb that the more unimportant the convention, the more the media covers it. This is preposterous,” says one journalist.

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How Television Covered RNC Day 1

The first day of the Republican National Convention offered its fair share of highlights, as well as a marked difference between the coverage on broadcast networks versus cable and PBS. “It’s a far different experience watching an hour of coverage on the ABC, CBS or NBC broadcast networks or the almost unlimited amount of time on the cable networks or PBS,” David Bauder writes about Monday’s coverage of the first night of the Republican National Convention.

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ABC News, Facebook Team On Convention

Under the companies’ deal, Facebook will provide ABC News with exclusive, real-time data during major speeches that it will use across TV and digital platforms. ABC News hosts and correspondents also will incorporate viewer comments, questions and discussions in its Facebook Live coverage. ABC News, which has 8.6 million followers on its primary Facebook page, said it will have 24-hour live coverage across a variety of pages.

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Stephen Colbert Crashes RNC Stage In Prank

CLEVELAND (AP) — A video posted online shows “Late Show” host Stephen Colbert taking over the microphone on stage in Cleveland in a “Hunger Games” themed prank at the site of the Republican National Convention, which begins Monday. The video shows Colbert behind the podium saying it’s his honor “to hereby launch and begin the […]

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Late-Night Comics Stake Turf At Conventions

Late-night comedians will be out in full force during this year’s Republican and Democratic presidential conventions. While the comics and their shows are scrutinizing speeches, delegates and party officials, looking to deliver laughs as rapidly as possible, they also have the opportunity to establish their hosts as the comedic conscience for this political era — to own that role as Jon Stewart did over 16 years as host of Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.

CBS Shifts ‘BrainDead’ To Sunday For Conventions

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Journos Prep For Convention Security Risks

The news media is gearing up to cover the national political conventions — but not just with pens, notebooks and TV cameras. This year, news organizations are issuing gas masks, flak jackets and other protective equipment to journalists who may find themselves covering street protests in Cleveland and Philadelphia, the sites of the Republican and Democratic conventions.

Fox News Sets GOP Convention Coverage

CNN Convention Plans Include VR Experience

News Orgs Prep For Surprises At Conventions

Political conventions have long been carefully stage-managed coronations — choreographed infomercials at which crowd reaction is about as spontaneous as a sitcom’s in-studio audience. But this year’s gatherings promise a twist: There’s sure to be news, particularly at the Republican National Convention, July 18-21 in Cleveland, and likely at the Democratic gathering the following week, July 25-28 in Philadelphia.

CBS, Twitter To Partner For Conventions

People will be able to watch video of the political conventions on mobile devices and desktops alongside a feed of political tweets, Twitter said today. The GOP convention begins in Cleveland on July 18, with the Democrats in Philadelphia the following week. Besides being the latest example of Twitter’s foray into video, the announcement is a major shot of exposure for CBSN, CBS News’ two-year-old live online stream.

 

Colbert To Air Live During Conventions

CBS said Wednesday that Stephen Colbert will host the Late Show from his usual studio in New York City. The program will have an “on-air presence” in Cleveland and Philadelphia during the conventions, but CBS didn’t specify what that would be.