Social media addicts eager to “live snark” Donald Trump during the Republican Convention or rant about anti-Bernie conspiracy theories during the Democratic Convention are getting a gift from Twitter and CBS News.
Today, the two companies announced a partnership to stream CBSN’s live coverage of both conventions.
“Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening in politics and to have a discussion about it,” said Anthony Noto, chief financial officer of Twitter. “By bringing the live discussion of the Republican and Democratic national conventions together with CBSN’s live video stream of the proceedings, we believe we’re giving people around the world the best way to experience democracy in action.”
Twitter will carry a gavel-to-gavel livesteam each day, featuring on-the-ground coverage from CBSN anchors and correspondents Josh Elliott, Elaine Quijano and Vladimir Duthiers from the convention halls in both cities, enhanced with live convention-related tweets.
Twitter and CBS News previously partnered on the latter’s broadcast of the Democratic presidential debate on Nov. 14, 2015 and the Republican presidential debate on Feb. 13, 2016, which featured real-time metrics, curated Tweets and live questions tweeted from voters.
The Republican National Convention will be held at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, July 18–21, and the Democratic National Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center and the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pa., July 25–28.
The CBS partnership is the latest in a series of moves by Twitter to bring TV network-style video to the social media platform. In April, it cut a deal to live stream ten NFL “Thursday Night Football” games this fall. According to a report by Recode, Twitter is currently in talks to make similar live streaming deals with the NBA, Major League Baseball and Turner.