CNN And ABC Snag The TV Coups Of The Year

In a matter of hours, two networks outmaneuvered their rivals and landed a coveted pair of Biden-Trump primetime debates.

Biden Accepts ABC Offer To Debate Trump In The Fall; Candidates Set For CNN Face Off In June

On Tuesday, there were no scheduled debates between Joe Biden and Donald Trump. Now President Biden says there are two. First was the self-described “breaking news” announcement this morning by CNN boss Mark Thompson at the Warner Bros Discovery upfront of one debate on CNN on June 27. Then, less than 45 minutes after the CNN announcement, Biden said there is a second debate coming Sept.10 on ABC.

News Orgs Urge Biden And Trump To Commit To Presidential Debates

ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox, PBS, NBC, NPR and The Associated Press are among those that signed on to the letter urging presumptive presidential nominees Joe Biden and Donald Trump to agree to debates this year.

‘What The Heck?’ CNN’s Debate Plans Leave New Hampshire Officials Confused

ABC News To Host GOP Debate In Same Location As CNN Debate, Days Apart

ABC News announced Thursday that it will host the sixth GOP debate on Jan. 18 in Manchester, N.H, set to take place just days before a CNN event at the same location. The ABC debate will take place at St. Anselm College and will occur just after the Iowa caucuses, the first vote of the primary season, concludes on Jan. 15. The day before, CNN announced its New Hampshire debate at St. Anselm College on Jan. 21.

CNN Plans Two More Republican Presidential Race Debates

The cable news network will host forums next month in Iowa and New Hampshire, whose states represent two early contests for GOP candidates.

As Grumbles Over Trump-Free Debates Grow, Republicans Weigh Looser Rules

NewsNation Plans Special Programming Ahead Of Its First GOP Presidential Primary Debate

Newsom And DeSantis Agree To Debate On Fox News

Republican presidential candidate Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) have agreed to participate in a televised debate in November that will be moderated by Fox News host Sean Hannity. The debate, which will air on Fox during Hannity’s 9 p.m. program, will take place Nov. 30, the network announced.

Dana Perino Of Fox News Is About To Face Her Biggest Test As A Journalist

The former press secretary in the Bush White House will moderate the next Republican debate. She’s managed to rise at Fox without being a Trump supplicant.

Fox’s Stuart Varney, Dana Perino, And Univision’s Ilia Calderón To Co-Moderate Second Republican Primary Debate

Fox News Media and Univision have announced the co-moderators of the second Republican presidential primary set to air across Fox Business Network and Univision on Sept. 27, at 9-11 p.m. ET at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. Fox Business’ Stuart Varney and Fox News’ Dana Perino have been named as co-moderators for the event by Fox News Media, while Univision named its evening news anchor Ilia Calderón as co-moderator.

Fox News Unveils Tech Plans For First GOP Presidential Debate

Fox News has brought 300-plus people to the site and will be deploying a new set, drones and other new tech for the coverage of Wednesday’s Milwaukee debate.

Trump’s Decision To Back Out Of Debate Tests Fox News’ Ability To Pivot Again

The decision by former President Donald Trump to skip Wednesday’s first debate of the 2024 presidential primary season likely deprives Fox of a huge late-summer audience. Even worse for the network, Trump has talked of appearing in an online interview with former Fox star Tucker Carlson at the same time.

Fox Business And Univision To Co-Host Second GOP Presidential Primary Debate

The second GOP presidential primary debate will take place on Fox Business on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California. The business news network will partner with Spanish-speaking broadcaster Noticias Univision, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute and conservative media streaming platform Rumble.

Trump Dines With Fox News Executives After Learning Of Third Indictment

The Fox leaders appealed to the former president to participate in the first GOP debate, which is being hosted by the network.

 

Fox News Hosts Are Pushing Trump To Join The Fox News GOP Debate

The former president’s refusal to commit to the first debate of the 2024 cycle could make it a ratings wash-out. Aides say he’s unlikely to change his mind.

TV Networks Battle For Republican Debates

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ rage against CNN and MSNBC — along with former President Trump’s polling lead and distrust of Fox News — has created a deadlock over who will host the rest of the 2024 GOP presidential debates, and uncertainty over whether they’ll happen at all. Debates can make or break a presidential candidacy. And who hosts those debates can have a significant impact on which contenders chose to participate, and how they perform.

GOP in Talks With Networks About Debates, And Even CNN Is Included

Conversations between RNC officials and television executives signal that the contours of the Republican nominating contest are shaping up.

GOP Votes To Withdraw From Presidential Debate Panel

The Republican National Committee voted Thursday to withdraw from the commission responsible for organizing presidential debates, taking a line from former President Trump, who has repeatedly leveled accusations of anti-Republican bias against the group. The unanimous vote by the RNC effectively bars its presidential nominees from participating in events organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates, which has run such debates since 1988.

Fox News Tops For Trump-Biden II

The second presidential debate Thursday will finish well below the first in terms of viewership. Fox News drew 14.7 million viewers, ABC was second with 10.7 million. NBC finished in a close third place with 10.2 million viewers and CNN was fourth with 7.2 million. MSNBC was fifth with 6.7 million and CBS was sixth with 5.5 million.

COMMENTARY BY ROBIN GIVHAN

The Mute Button Was A Godsend. It Also Amplified The Candidates’ Differences

Having to muzzle the president to salvage a debate is nothing to brag about. But at least it worked.

Welker Sharp In First Turn As Debate Moderator

The NBC News White House correspondent worked hard Thursday to keep control of the second and final encounter between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden, steering but not stifling exchanges. Midway through the debate, she even received a compliment from the Republican president, who said, “So far, I respect very much the way you handled this.”

Mission impossible? Welker On Tap To Moderate Second Debate

President Donald Trump steamrolled Chris Wallace with constant interruptions in the first one, a performance that cost the Republican incumbent support in the polls. Susan Page struggled to make the vice presidential candidates adhere to time limits their campaigns had agreed to in advance. Next up: Kristen Welker. The NBC News White House correspondent is scheduled to moderate Thursday’s second and last session between Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. It’s hard not to feel trepidation for her.

COMMENTARY BY MARGARET SULLIVAN

What Kristen Welker Can Learn From Savannah Guthrie

Margaret Sullivan: “Savannah Guthrie brought her A game to last week’s NBC town hall with President Trump. As Thursday’s final debate between Trump and Joe Biden approaches, Guthrie’s NBC colleague, White House correspondent Kristen Welker, needs to have the best night of her career, too — but in a very different way. To make this debate something that serves the public interest rather than being the disastrous circus that it could be, she needs to be in control.”

Debate Commission Will Mute Mics On Thurs.

President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden will have their microphones cut off in Thursday’s debate while their rival delivers their opening two-minute answer to each of the debate topics. The 90-minute debate is divided into six 15-minute segments, with each candidate granted two minutes to deliver uninterrupted remarks before proceeding to an open debate. The open discussion portion of the debate will not feature a mute button, but interruptions by either candidate will count toward their time in the second and final debate Thursday.

Fox News Is Most-Watched For Debate

Tuesday night’s debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden drew 73.1 million total viewers, according to Nielsen data. Fox topped the viewing list with 17.8 million total viewers/5.3 million among adults 25-54. ABC was next at 12.6 million/4.9 million. Included in the totals are out-of-home and connected TV viewing.

Chuck Todd: Chris Wallace Not to Blame For ‘Trainwreck’ Presidential Debate

COMMENTARY BY COLBY HALL

The Best Evidence Chris Wallace Did A Fine Job Moderating? Everyone’s Pissed

There is an old adage about negotiations that states one can only be truly confident of a fair and equitable agreement when both sides walk away from the table feeling like they each got the short end of the stick. I’m reminded of that old saw following the first 2020 presidential debate from Tuesday night, and the equal amounts of animus directed towards Chris Wallace for the job he did as moderator.

Debate Commission Says It Will Change Format

The commission said Wednesday the debate “made clear that additional structure should be added to the format of the remaining debates to ensure a more orderly discussion of the issues.” The next presidential debate is a town hall format scheduled for Oct. 15 in Miami.

For Chris Wallace, Debate Was Runaway Train

The contest between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden was chaotic from start to finish. With interruptions and interjections, Trump tried to throw his Democratic opponent off stride. Pleas, increasingly frustrated and loud, were the only tools Wallace had at his disposal to try to maintain control.

TV Ads Around Presidential Debates To Grow

With many TV networks reportedly sold out or near sold out of advertising time in pre- and post-programming around the upcoming Presidential debates, TV advertising revenues among the top TV networks are expected to exceed the total $16 million mark set four years ago. The top six broadcast and cable TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC — pulled in a collective $15.5 million in national TV advertising revenues for the three Presidential debates, according to iSpot.tv — yielding more than 410 million impressions.

Advertisers Rush To Debates, Election Coverage

The debates may give advertisers of all stripes something they have not had in some time — a massive TV audience tuning in to an event that is not related to sports. NBC, CBS and ABC have all sold out their commercial inventory around the first debate on Tuesday, according to people familiar with the matter — as has Fox News Channel.

Controversy Over A Presidential Debate Topic

The topics for the first presidential debate focus on issues that have dominated the news throughout 2020 — the economy, the coronavirus pandemic and the records of the two leading contenders. But the framing of one of the debate topics has set off alarms and objections. “Race and Violence in Our Cities” seems to echo President Trump’s contentious characterization of the protests that have swept American cities this summer and gives a false sense of the issue, critics say.

National Assn. Of Hispanic Journalists Blasts Presidential Debate Commission Over Moderator Selections

Moderators For Trump-Biden Debates Set

According to the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates, the moderators will be: Chris Wallace of Fox News for the debate Sept. 29 in Cleveland; Steve Scully of C-SPAN for the “town meeting” debate Oct. 15 in Miami; NBC’s Kristen Welker for the debate Oct. 22 in Nashville.

NBC News Sets Moderators For Dem Debate

Lester Holt, Chuck Todd, Hallie Jackson, Noticias Telemundo’s Vanessa Hauc and the Nevada Independent’s Jon Ralston will moderate the Democratic debate in Las Vegas on Feb. 19 in Las Vegas, sponsored by NBC News and MSNBC.

President Trump Slams Debate Commission

President Trump on Monday hammered the Commission on Presidential Debates, raising questions about his participation in debates next year with the eventual Democratic presidential nominee. The president, in a trio of tweets, said he looked forward to debating “whoever the lucky person is who stumbles across the finish line” in the Democratic primary.

Nets Set For First 2 Democratic Debates

NBC, MSNBC and Telemundo will air the first Democratic primary debate in June, and CNN will show the second event in July, the Democratic National Committee announced on Thursday.

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