Where to watch the 2016 Democratic National Convention

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Last week’s 2016 Republican National Convention is in the books as Donald Trump secured his party’s nomination for President, and now it is the Democrats’ turn to formally name their candidate, who will presumably be Hillary Clinton. Like the GOP convention, the 2016 Democratic National Convention will run four nights, this one from July 25-28, in Philadelphia. Among those scheduled to speak at the convention are President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden (both scheduled for Wednesday); former President Bill Clinton (Tuesday); First Lady Michelle Obama and Sen. Bernie Sanders (Monday); Chelsea Clinton (Thursday); and others.

Many of the same outlets that covered the GOP will also be on hand to cover the Dems, and here are some places to watch:

ABC
George Stephanopoulos will lead ABC News  coverage of the Democratic National Convention July 25-28 for one hour in primetime each night.

Other ABC News coverage:

  • This Week With George Stephanopoulos kicks off ABC’s convention coverage live from Philadelphia on July 24
  • Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts anchor Good Morning America from Philadelphia July 25-28
  • David Muir anchors World News Tonight from Philadelphia July 24-29
  • Dan Harris and Byron Pitts lead Nightline coverage from Philadelphia July 25-28

The ABC News political team including Muir, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, This Week with George Stephanopoulos co-anchor Martha Raddatz, World News Tonight Saturday Anchor and Senior National Correspondent Cecilia Vega, ‘World News Tonight’ Sunday Anchor and Correspondent Tom Llamas, Senior Foreign Correspondent Terry Moran and Special Correspondent and Senior Strategic Advisor Matthew Dowd will join Stephanopoulos in primetime and for special reports. ABC News Political Analyst Cokie Roberts, Political Contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson, Fusion Anchor Alicia Menendez and Contributors Donna Brazile and Bill Kristol will provide analysis on the race and all the latest developments. 

Plus, Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross, Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas, Correspondent Linsey Davis and ‘Good Morning America’ Weekend News Anchor Ron Claiborne will report on the election from Philadelphia for ABC News.

C-SPAN
C-SPAN will feature gavel-to-gavel coverage of the Democratic National Convention July 25-28. Coverage begins at 9am ET with the day session on July 25.

CBS
CBS News coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention will air July 25-28 at 10pm ET. CBS News’ political team will contribute to the coverage, including CBS News Correspondents Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Julianna Goldman, Jeff Pegues and DeMarco Morgan; and Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Elaine Quijano of CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 digital news service offered on connected TVs, desktop and mobile devices. CBS News Contributor Bob Schieffer; CBS News Contributor and Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan; CBS News Political Analyst and Slate magazine’s chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie; and CBS News Contributor and chief national correspondent for The New York Times Magazine Mark Leibovich, will also appear on CBS News broadcasts and platforms and CBSN’s live streaming coverage.

Other CBS News coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention:

  • John Dickerson hosts a live edition of Face the Nation from the floor of the convention hall in Philadelphia on July 24 (check local listings)
  • 60 Minutes will cover the convention and candidate-related news on July 24
  • CBS This Morning broadcasts live each day (7-9am ET) from the floor of the convention hall, with co-hosts Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell
  • Scott Pelley anchors a special, one-hour edition of CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley July 24 at 6pm ET, and anchors the program live from Philadelphia July 25-28 at 6:30pm ET

Also airing on CBS, The Late Show With Stephen Colbert will continue broadcasting live shows during this convention. The show airs live at 11:35pm ET July 25-28 during the 2016 Democratic National Convention, with Colbert hosting from New York, where he and his guests will react to the day’s events in Philadelphia. Each week of live shows will be specially themed. For the Democratic Convention, the theme is “The 2016 Democratic National Convincing — A Technically Historic Event: Death. Taxes. Hillary.”

Following his hilarious reunion with Jon Stewart for the RNC, Colbert will also be re-teaming with another former Daily Show cohort when John Oliver guests on the July 27 special during the DNC.

CNBC
Details to come.

CNN
CNN kicks off its coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention on July 23 with New Day WeekendSmerconish and CNN Newsroom. July 17 will include 18 hours of special programming from Philadelphia, including special Sunday editions of The Situation RoomErin Burnett OutFrontAC360 and CNN Tonight With Don Lemon.

Beginning Monday, July 25, CNN will offer 24 hours of live programming from the convention hall in Philadelphia, with a special weekday hour of Inside Politics With John King airing daily at 12pm ET. Each night, CNN special programming continues with America’s Choice 2016 anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash and Chris Cuomo. Late-night coverage will be anchored by Don Lemon. Convention coverage will also be live-streamed on CNNgo.

CNN en Español
CNN en Español’s morning program Café CNN (6am ET) will broadcast live from the 2016 Democratic National Convention, with Maria Alejandra Requena anchoring from the RNC. Directo USA (6pm ET) will broadcast live on location, with senior political anchor Juan Carlos López, Ione Molinares, Gustavo Valdés and María Santana contributing to reporting from the convention.

CNN International
CNN International will offer extensive live coverage from the Democratic National Convention starting Monday, July 25. Broadcasting live from the convention halls, Christiane Amanpour will anchor her daily show, Amanpour, live at 2pm ET, followed by special editions of State of the Race with Kate Bolduan at 2:30pm ET and The World Right Now with Hala Gorani at 3pm ET.

Comedy Central
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah will originate live on location at the convention, producing a special week of shows. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Presents The 2016 Democractic National Convention: Let’s Not Get Crazy will originate from the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia from Tuesday, July 26 – Friday, July 29 at 11pm ET. The show will air live on the final night of the convention, July 28, to provide late night’s first take on Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech. Kicking things off on July 25 will be a special hosted by Noah, a clip-based special with a look back at Hillary Clinton’s primary season. The Daily Show with Trevor Noah: What to Expect When You’re Expectant debuts July 25 at 11pm ET.

FOX (broadcast)
Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor FOX Broadcasting Company’s live convention coverage from July 25-28, beginning at 10pm ET.

FOX Business Network
Details to come.

FOX News Channel
FNC will present extensive live coverage of the Democratic National Convention (DNC) from Philadelphia. Convention coverage will originate from the Wells Fargo Center throughout the week, and will be available on all of the network’s additional platforms.

Special Report’s Bret Baier and The Kelly File’s Megyn Kelly will co-anchor special primetime editions of America’s Elections Headquarters(10pm ET) live from the skybox, beginning Monday, July 25, and continuing through Thursday, July 28. Baier and Kelly will be joined by a rotating team of commentators and hosts including FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace, senior political analyst Brit Hume, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and FNC contributor Tucker Carlson in breaking down the latest developments. 

FNC’s signature programs and primetime line-up will telecast live from the Wells Fargo Center skybox all week, beginning with Special Report with Bret Baier (6pm ET), On the Record with Greta Van Susteren (7pm ET), The Kelly File (9pm ET) and Hannity (11:30pm ET). Additionally, Bill O’Reilly will host The O’Reilly Factor (8pm ET) live from Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday. 

Additionally, America’s Newsroom co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will lead coverage from the convention floor in providing the latest updates and interviews with state delegates as events unfold. Lead Clinton campaign correspondent Jennifer Griffin and chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel will also contribute to the coverage from the Wells Fargo Center.

HBO
Real Time With Bill Maher will air live half-hour editions during the convention. Coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention will air July 27 and 28 at 11pm ET live (tape-delayed PT). Host Bill Maher will give a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The specials will also be streamed live (even to non-HBO subscribers) on the Real Time YouTube channel. Real Time‘s regularly scheduled programming will continue to air on Fridays at 10pm ET.

Maher’s panelists for the July 27 show will be editor Charles Cooke; comedian D.L. Hughley; and former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner. Panelists on the July 28 show will be political analyst Amy Holmes; journalist Michael Moynihan; and author Salman Rushdie.

Link TV/KCET
California’s KCET public television service and the Link TV national satellite service will cover the DNC starting July 25. Among the highlights, a convention special from The Laura Flanders Show will air on Link TV July 29 at 9pm ET, highlighting interviews directly from the floor of the convention. Additional hourlong telecasts of Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now! will focus on convention coverage, airing each weekday during the convention at 12pm ET.

MSNBC
Evening coverage of the convention begins each night at 5pm ET with Chuck Todd anchoring MTP Daily from live locations outside the convention halls, followed by Chris Hayes leading the 6pm ET hour. Then, at 7pm ET, Brian Williams and Rachel Maddow anchor MSNBC’s primetime coverage live from New York, with Chris Matthews live inside the convention hall. Matthews will also anchor late-night coverage and analysis until 2am ET.

Other MSNBC coverage:

  • Many weekend broadcasts, including AM Joy, originate live from Philadelphia ahead of the convention, and Sunday nights feature special primetime previews led by Chuck Todd at 5pm ET, Chris Hayes and 6pm, Chris Matthews at 7pm and Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams and Chris Matthews from 8-10pm.
  • Morning Joe will have special broadcasts live from Philadelphia July 25-28 at 6am ET
  • MSNBC daytime coverage (9am-5pm ET) is live from Philadelphia with anchors Stephanie Ruhle, José Díaz-Balart, Tamron Hall, Andrea Mitchell, Craig Melvin, Chris Jansing, Thomas Roberts, Kate Snow, and Steve Kornacki

NBC
Lester Holt leads NBC News’ primetime coverage of the 2016 Democratic National Convention July 25-28 at 10pm ET. Holt is joined by Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd, anchoring live inside the convention hall.

Other NBC News coverage:

  • On the Sunday before the convention (July 24), Chuck Todd moderates a special edition of  Meet the Press live from Philadelphia
  • Lester Holt anchors NBC Nightly News live from Philadelphia beginning the Sunday night leading into each convention, through Thursday
  • On Monday and Tuesday, Savannah Guthrie co-anchors a split edition of TODAY live from Philadelphia. Matt Lauer joins Guthrie live at the convention site on Wednesday and Thursday

Also airing on NBC, Late Night With Seth Meyers will air live July 28 at 12:35am ET (late night) to weigh in on the final night of the convention and Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech. Meyers will be joined by Colin Jost and Michael Che (Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update). Jost and Che will also bring their Weekend Update performance to MSNBC on July 27 at around midnight ET, as they did at last week’s RNC.

PBS
PBS NewsHour will join with NPR to co-produce and broadcast joint, live primetime coverage of both conventions this year. The 2016 Democratic National Convention coverage will air on PBS and NPR stations and across PBS NewsHour, PBS, NPR and member stations’ digital sites. Primetime coverage starts on local PBS and NPR stations at 8pm ET July 25-28, and is scheduled through 11pm. Coverage will be co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. At the convention, NPR host Rachel Martin will serve as the podium reporter with NPR’s Sue Davis as the floor reporter. At the DNC convention, Yang will join Davis on the convention floor. In addition to guest interviews to be announced, Ifill and Woodruff will be joined by NPR’s Mara Liasson, Ron Elving and Domenico Montanaro, among others, and NewsHour regular contributors including syndicated columnist Mark Shields, New York Timescolumnist David Brooks and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill will host live-audience special editions at 8pm ET from Philadelphia on July 22, in advance of the convention including a second half hour, Washington Week EXTRA.

Telemundo and NBC UNIVERSO
The Telemundo news team will report from Philadelphia with live coverage of the DNC July 27-28 at 11:30pm ET. Live Spanish-language boradcast of Hillary Clinton’s acceptance speech will be available on NBC UNIVERSO on July 28 at 10pm ET. The speeches will also be available in Spanish and in English on the Telemundo News mobile app and online at NoticiasTelemundo.com. Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart will present a live one-hour special from Philadelphia on Sunday, July 31, with all of the information viewers need to know about the Democratic National Convention

TV One
TV One’s News One Now, hosted by Roland S. Martin, will broadcast live from the DNC July 26-29 at 7am ET.

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  1. The Democratic National Convention 499 kicked off Monday in Philadelphia with a night of speakers and performances. Get top stories and blog posts emailed to me each day. Newsletters may offer personalized content or advertisements.

  2. As a father and grandfather age 83 I find it hard to believe what I am hearing at the Democratic Convention about children and still we have a woman running for President who is for Women’s Choice and abortion. Even Mrs Obama said that if either of her daughters got pregnant they would get them a abortion. Have the Obamas or the Clintons ever watched any abortion Films? My 92 year old dad did after believing he fetus was just a glob until it was born. After watching the six minute film showing the aborted baby parts that were thrown into a dumster by a abortion clinic, he cried for a half hour and his life long years of not believing in God changed him into a believer in God and the here after! Another film availble is showing a baby being aborted and fighting off and trying to get away from the doctors tools being used to rip it apart.
    Art Bilder
    Cocoa Beach, Florida

  3. As a father and grandfather age 83 I find it hard to believe what I am hearing at the Democratic Convention about children and still we have a woman running for President who is for Women’s Choice and abortion. Even Mrs Obama said that if either of her daughters got pregnant they would get them a abortion. Have the Obamas or the Clintons ever watched any abortion Films? My 92 year old dad did after believing he fetus was just a glob until it was born. After watching the six minute film showing the aborted baby parts that were thrown into a dumster by a abortion clinic, he dried for a half hour and his life long years of not believing in God changed him into a believer in God and the here after! Another film availble is showing a baby being aborted and fighting off and trying to get away from the doctors tools being used to rip it apart.
    Art Bilder
    Cocoa Beach, Florida

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