Fox Business Sets GOP Candidate Debate Lineup

GOP Backs Off Debate Demands

Nets Likely To Fight GOP Debate Demands

The nation’s big TV-news outlets are likely to push back against many demands by the Republican National Committee to change the nature of the big televised debates among the party’s candidates for president.

CNBC Fallout: What Campaigns Want From The Nets

GOP Drops NBC As February Debate Partner

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus sent an open letter to NBC News chairman Andrew Lack today declaring that they are “suspending the partnership” because the CNBC debate had been conducted “in bad faith.”

CNBC Reaches 14M Viewers With GOP Debate

Nielsen said 14 million viewers watched the debate Wednesday night, down from the 24 million who saw the first contest on Fox News Channel in February and 23 million viewers for CNN’s second contest. Still, it’s an extraordinarily high bar: a 2011 debate with GOP candidates on CNBC had 3.3 million viewers, Nielsen said. This week’s debate also competed against the second game of the World Series.

GOP Candidates Unhappy With CNBC Debate

The Republican presidential candidates repeatedly expressed frustration over the mainstream media in general and the CNBC moderators asking the questions during the third GOP debate Wednesday evening. “The questions that have been asked so far in this debate illustrate why the American people don’t trust the media,” Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said early on.

Trump Preemptively Calling CNBC Debate ‘Unfair’

Bartiromo, Cavuto To Moderate FBN’s GOP Debate

CNBC Hopes Debate Will Raise Profile, Rev

CNBC is counting on benefiting from the way viewers have gravitated to the debates — powered on the GOP side by the celebrity star-power and unpredictability of Donald Trump — in an unprecedented way.

FBN Sets Milwaukee GOP Debate For Nov. 10

Dates Set For Univision, PBS Dem. Debates

Univision and PBS will host the final Democratic debates, now set for Feb. 11 in Wisconsin (PBS) and March 9 in Miami (Univision). The Democratic National Committee announced the dates Thursday, finalizing the party’s series of six debates that begin next week, with CNN’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

23M Watch GOP Debate, New High For CNN

Anderson Cooper To Moderate CNN Dem Debate

CNN Adds Carly Fiorina To GOP Debate

Trump To CNN: Give Debate Proceeds To Vets

In a Tuesday letter to the cable news network, the billionaire says he’s the reason the network sharply increased its rates ahead of the Sept. 16 debate in Simi Valley, Calif. CNN should view debate coverage as a public service and give up profits, he said.

Ad Space Almost Sold Out For CNN Debate

CNN says that only one commercial slot is still available for its coverage of the Sept. 16 debate between top Republican presidential contenders, and it’s expected to draw top dollar.

Jon Stewart Debate Petition Tops 100,000 Names

Univision News To Host GOP Candidate Forum

The Hispanic networl’s news division forms a partnership with The Washington Post to offer coverage of Hispanic voters during the 2016 presidential campaign, including a Republican forum to take place ahead of the March primaries.

NH GOP Want Debate Open To All Candidates

Fox News Channel plans to restrict the first scheduled GOP debate to the top 10 candidates, based on polling averages from the five most recent national public opinion surveys. But the field could approach 20 candidates. In a letter to the heads of Fox News and the Republican National Committee, a group of New Hampshire Republicans suggested that Fox split the debate into two panels with FNC broadcasting the two panels back-to-back or on consecutive nights.

Final Debate Scores 59.2M Viewers

Audience levels for the final matchup between President Obama and Mitt Romney, which centered on foreign policy issues, were down 12% compared with the first debate this month between the presidential contenders. The Oct. 3 debate, when Obama appeared off his game, was the most watched, attracting 67.2 million viewers. The second debate drew 65.6 million.

Fox Sets Viewership Record With 3rd Debate

Nielsen said today that an estimated 11.5 million people watched Obama and Romney tussle Monday night on foreign policy on Fox News Channel. The cable network’s previous record was the 11.1 million who watched the second presidential debate last week and the Joe Biden-Sarah Palin vice presidential debate in 2008.

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WDJT Milwaukee To Focus On Undecided Voters

Tonight, the country will have the opportunity to watch the final 2012 presidential debate. In what is expected to be a very tight race, the pressure is on for both parties […]

Debate Moderating Is A Thankless Job

Even as each debate progresses, Twitter is crackling with reactions. Type in the moderator’s name in a search and the screen immediately fills with tweets. Generally, it’s a dependable way to gauge how a candidate is doing. The harsher one party’s reaction to a moderator is, the tougher time their candidate is having onstage.

Second Debate Watched By 65.6 Million

Viewing for Tuesday’s debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney was down from 67 million people who watched the first debate a week earlier. It was shown live on 10 networks, with the Spanish-speaking Univision and Telemundo airing it on tape delay.

FNC Ties 2008 Record To Win cable Debate Race

Crowley Approach Highlights Moderator Role

CNN correspondent Candy Crowley’s role as moderator had been a subject of discussion before the debate even started. An agreement between the candidates about the debate circulated online, where it stated that the moderator would not be allowed to ask follow-up questions, or play any role other than to introduce questions and enforce time limits. Crowley said that the candidates’ agreement wouldn’t stop her from asking follow-ups, and she did so during the debate.

Crowley Under Fire From Obama, Romney

In a rare example of political unity, both the Romney and Obama campaigns have expressed concern to the Commission on Presidential Debates about how CNN’s Candy Crowley, the moderator of this Tuesday’s town hall, has publicly described her role.

Jim Lehrer: No Regrets For Debate

The former PBS anchor said last week’s confrontation, viewed by 67 million people, will be remembered as a watershed moment because it was a real debate instead of simultaneous interviews of the candidates.

Debate Hits 32-Year Ratings Record

With home viewership topping 67 million, the last time this many people watched a first presidential debate, it was between President Jimmy Carter and then candidate Ronald Reagan.


A Glimmer Of Hope In the Vast Wasteland

The presidential debates are an institution now, and among the most watched television events in America. Despite a rocky history, the debates are one place in the modern campaign — perhaps the only place — where the voter is treated with respect.

Fall’s Must-See TV: Obama-Romney Debates

Typically the top political draw in the final sprint to Election Day, the debates assume outsized importance this year with the race a dead heat.

Debate Group Denies Univision Request

The Commission on Presidential Debates is denying Univision’s request to host a “forum” with the presidential candidates that would address Latino issues.

Falco Wants Debate With Hispanic Moderator

The Univision CEO tells the Commission on Presidential Debates it should add another debate featuring a bilingual moderator and suggests two of his own.

Debate Moderators: Crowley, Lehrer, Schieffer

CNN’s Candy Crowley will be the first woman to moderate a presidential debate in two decades when she handles one of three debates between President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney, while PBS’s Jim Lehrer and CBS’s Bob Schieffer will moderate the other two. All three were named as moderators Monday by the Commission on Presidential Debates.


Why Not a Female Debate Moderator?

Three teenage girls have gathered thousands of signatures on petitions asking the debate commission and the Obama and Romney campaigns to back a female debate moderator. But we’ll likely be stuck with ‘a neutral old white guy,’ experts say.

IntoNow To Power ABC Debate Polls

Yahoo’s IntoNow To Power ABC’s Debate Polling

Fox News Teams With Google for GOP Debate

Debate Season Underway For TV, Candidates

The presidential debate circuit began in earnest with CNN’s forum from New Hampshire on Monday. It may be a slog, with more than a dozen such events already scheduled for Republicans who want President Barack Obama’s job, but it’s an obstacle course filled with opportunities and pitfalls for both candidates and television networks.