ABC, Disney Nets To Host Obama Town Hall

The President and The People: A National Conversation airs Thursday, July 14 and will be simulcast uninterrupted and commercial-free on Disney Media Networks ABC, ESPN and Freeform and stream across ABC News Digital, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, WatchESPN, Yahoo and ABC Radio


In the immediate aftermath of horrific events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas, Disney Media Networks will host a town hall discussion with President Barack Obama and Americans who have been directly affected by recent events.

World News Tonight anchor David Muir will moderate a conversation about race relations, justice, policing and equality, produced by ABC News.  It will include many of the people whose lives have been changed in the last week. 

The President and The People: A National Conversation, airs Thursday, July 14, from 8 to 9 p.m. ET, simulcast commercial-free on ABC, ESPN, Freeform, ABC News Digital, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, WatchESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page and YouTube channel and ABC Radio.

ESPN commentator and co-host of ESPN2’s His and Hers Jemele Hill will join Muir as the president hears from officers, parents, students, community leaders and families asking what it will take to stop the violence.

On Thursday, Nightline will air a special edition anchored by Byron Pitts from Washington. This week, Nightline is airing a five-part series, “America in Black and White,”covering the wide-ranging issues of race relations in America and gun violence, including a look at traffic stops from the perspective of officers and civilians, gun safety for civilians, law enforcement training and more.

The week wraps up on Friday, July 15, with a full show dedicated to Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas’ report on the epidemic of gun violence and fatalities in America. 


After the town hall on Thursday, ABC News’ Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst Sunny Hostin and ESPN’s Lonnae O’Neal, senior writer for The Undefeated, will continue the conversation with members of the town hall audience for a digital live stream. ABC News will have ongoing coverage across all digital platforms on desktop, mobile and OTT, including reaction from viewers online and from social media.

On Friday, will have offer viewers a 360-degree view of the town hall with a series of special virtual reality videos.

Multi-platform reporter Karen Travers will report from the town hall for ABC Radio.

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Michelle Underwood says:

July 13, 2016 at 9:45 am

I know when I look for national news and info on the President, I turn to ESPN…NOT! Why isn’t it on The Disney Channel too? You can be sure the in-studio participants will be packed with Democrat operatives and Hillary campaign tools and there will be lots of calls from the “audience” to support Hillary and recall the 2nd amendment.

Ron Burrus says:

July 13, 2016 at 11:42 am

Disney seems an appropriate place for this guy. Maybe Goofy and Pluto will make a special appearance.

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