It’s a presidential election year, and that means the major party conventions are upon us. First up, this week, we’ve got the Democratic National Convention, and next week is the Republican Convention. Thanks to the coronavirus pandemic it won’t be the same old convention you’re used to, though. But MSNBC and NBC News have the same full slate of coverage as always, and you’ll be able to watch online no matter where you are.
The Democratic National Convention is a four-night affair, starting on Monday and running through Thursday night. Each night of the convention is scheduled to last two hours. During the first hour each night, starting at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, we’ll get short speeches from a robust roster of Democratic stars.
Thus far this week we’ve heard keynote addresses from Sen. Bernie Sanders and former First Lady Michelle Obama on Monday, Dr. Jill Biden on Tuesday, and former President Barack Obama and Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Wednesday.
Thursday will bring us the final night of the Democratic National Convention. The 9 p.m. hour will bring us speeches and comments from Sen. Cory Booker, Gov. Gavin Newsom, Pete Buttigieg, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Chris Coons, and Andrew Yang.
And the main event, the very pinnacle of the entire week’s festivities, is Joe Biden’s formal acceptance of the Democratic nomination for president. Biden’s speech will close everything out. And you should expect he’ll speak longer than anyone else has all week.
We’ll also get a musical performance from The Chicks, likely during the first hour of the show.
MSNBC will be trotting out pretty robust coverage each night of the Democratic Convention, with Joy Reid’s “The ReidOut” focusing squarely on the convention during their regular time slots.
Then, MSNBC will switch to dedicated coverage at 8 p.m., with Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace leading. Brian Williams will take over at 11 p.m. after all the speeches, and Ari Melber will keep it going at 1 a.m. ET.
Over on NBC News, meanwhile, you’ll get a special report helmed by Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell from 10 p.m. ET until 11.
For streaming, you can watch MSNBC online via the MSNBC app on mobile devices and TV streaming boxes, as well as on MSNBC.com.
You can also watch the convention speeches live on NBC News Now, with coverage led by Chuck Todd, for free on YouTube. Additionally, the convention stream will be freely available from the Democrats. The entire week’s festivities will be freely available live on the convention website, as well as Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and everywhere else people stream things — you’ll even be able to watch on the gaming site Twitch.