The 2016 showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton marks the first election since the advent of Facebook Live, giving cord cutters and voters looking for a second-screen experience a chance to check out the content of their choice.
“We’re bringing our audience of young, on-the-go voters a home base for Election Day, on the platform they want it — live coverage all day on Facebook. They can view while in line at the polls or on their way to work,” NowThis COO Tina Exarhos told TheWrap.
Pretty much every news organization has some type of partnership with Facebook Live for coverage of Election Day. Check out some of the highlights below:
ABC News’ curated Facebook Feed will offer live streams from anchors and correspondents at key polling locations and candidate election parties around the country, as well as feature commentary from anchors and correspondents at ABC News Election headquarters in New York.
Every hour, CNN’s Facebook Live stream will be bringing viewers to a new place, with a new perspective from feeds with reporters in battleground states to drone shots of voting locations and international reaction.
Daily Caller’s plans include reports from outside The White House, from inside the new Trump hotel in DC, from the victory parties and reporters casually talking to voters about the results.
NBC News and MSNBC will be doing several Facebook Live shots throughout the day in battleground states such Ohio, Wisconsin, Florida and North Carolina with their correspondents on the ground.
New York Times
The Times’ coverage will include live video reports from correspondents at polling stations across the country, as well as college campuses, election viewing parties and more. International correspondents in a handful of countries will capture worldwide reaction to the results of the American election.
The election lifestream will be hosted by NYT’s Facebook Live executive producer Louise Story, “Run-Up” podcast host Michael Barbaro and will include video by a few dozen NYT journalists — including executive editor Dean Baquet, John Broder, Declan Walsh, Yamiche Alcindor, Nick Corasaniti, (politics editor) Carolyn Ryan, Frank Bruni, Gail Collins, Nick Kristof, John Eligon, Motoko Rich, Jo Becker and others.
NowThis will stream its millennial-focused content exclusively on NowThis’ Facebook Page. Branded “No Sleep til POTUS”, the live stream will aim to offer a fun and unique approach to Election Day. Hosted by comedian Jordan Carlos, live coverage from NowThis studios and remote locations around NYC will last until the election is called.
Katie Couric and National Political Columnist Matt Bai will lead coverage from New York until the final call comes in, with Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, Republican strategist Katie Packer and historian Evan Thomas.
All of PBS’ election coverage will be available on Facebook Live, including coverage inside both campaign’s headquarters and the network’s newsroom.
Univision will have access to exclusive insight regarding how people on the Facebook platform are talking about the candidates and issues. The information received from Facebook will be reported and updated regularly during the Live Election Night broadcast by Felix de Bedout in Univision’s Electoral Center via touchscreens, which will also be used to show Univision News data and graphics.
Vox.com’s Liz Plank will broadcast from Clinton’s rally at the Javits Center in New York City on election night.
The Post will be live with five hours of original programming — which will be extended if necessary until the presidential race is called — from The Post’s Washington, D.C. newsroom beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET. Hosted by political reporters Ed O’Keefe and Elise Viebeck, the live show will feature updates and commentary from nearly a dozen Post reporters and columnists throughout the evening, analysis of real-time election returns and results from The Fix’s Chris Cillizza, on-camera reports from journalists at the Trump and Clinton campaign headquarters, and remote interviews from the floor of The Post’s election night watch party, which will feature panel discussions with newsmakers, elected officials and Post columnists.
#50states is an Election Day initiative in which outlets across all 50 states will be streaming on Facebook Live. Kicking off things at midnight, WMUR-TV in New Hampshire will be streaming live on Facebook covering the initial votes at Dixville Notch for their midnight voting tradition. There will be updates every 15 minutes in each of the remaining 49 states throughout Election Day.
Sinclair Broadcast Group
The local news company will present live content shown across their entire fleet of 67 news stations.
“Sinclair’s news operations are mobilized to use Facebook Live as a key part of our digital platform to cover the down ballot and key local races as well as ballot measures across our 81 communities including WJAR in Providence, R.I. and KUTV in Salt Lake City, Utah,” Sinclair Broadcast Group social media director John Colucci told TheWrap.
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee“
Samantha Bee is also using Live during the election cycle by sharing her First Act exclusively on Facebook Live before it’s linear broadcast. She’ll be live Monday and Wednesday, 10:30 p.m. ET.
“The Daily Show”
Facebook Live is not new to host Trevor Noah, who has used it extensively leading up to the elections. Tuesday, “The Daily Show” will simulcast the first act of their live Election Day show to the “Daily Show” Facebook page, as they have after each post-primary presidential and VP debate. This week, “The Daily Show” will simulcast Act One from the election special Tuesday night, as well as go live around 8:00, 8:30, 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. PT with live break-ins from the studio about the election.
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