Twitter Teams With Bloomberg to Live Stream Presidential Debates

Deal will make it harder for other networks to live-stream the event on the social-media platform

Twitter will team with Bloomberg to live stream the upcoming presidential debates, the company announced Wednesday.

The partnership will begin Monday when the first Hillary Clinton vs. Donald Trump showdown is scheduled to take place at Hofstra University.

The exclusive deal prevents other networks from airing the presidential debates on any official Twitter platform.

“Twitter is where the 2016 presidential election is happening every single day,” Twitter CFO Anthony Noto said in a statement. “Live-streaming the debates with Bloomberg combined with the live commentary and conversation on Twitter will create a one-screen experience at the center of the action unlike any other.”

The agreement is an expansion of the partnership Twitter and Bloomberg Media announced in July to stream select Bloomberg Television programs. Several Bloomberg newscasts are already streamed on Twitter and the company has a deal with the NFL to air “Thursday Night Football” within the app.

Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will anchor Bloomberg’s coverage and pre-debate and post-debate shows will be included in the Twitter stream, along with the debate itself.

Earlier this week, ABC News and Facebook partnered up to show the network’s debate coverage on Facebook Live. Their previous partnership during the Democratic and Republican conventions resulted in more than 28 million video views across ABC News’ Facebook pages.

The Facebook Live streams will include coverage from inside the spin room and watch parties across the country. It will also feature commentary from anchors and correspondents at ABC News headquarters in New York.

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