STAMFORD, Conn. – Spectrum Networks today announced it will use the resources of its 30-plus local news networks and the reach of its Spectrum News App to provide comprehensive, network-wide coverage of the Presidential and Vice Presidential debates, exclusively for Spectrum customers across the country. With news networks in nine states, including five key battleground states - Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Wisconsin and Texas - and journalists embedded in these communities, Spectrum News will bring national political conversations to the local level to provide objective context and insights of the issues impacting community neighborhoods and municipalities.
“We recognize that the information needs of voters are as diverse as the communities we serve,” said Mike Bair Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks. “With journalists deeply-rooted in five key battleground states, no one knows these communities and the issues that uniquely impact our customers better than our award-winning political team. For the first time, we are bringing our local political experts together to cover the debate and break down the issues from every local angle, and on every platform, to provide the most in-depth analysis, insights and coverage for our customers.”
The Network will bring the full force of its political and local news expertise to cover the general elections, including airing live coverage of the three Presidential debates on September 29, October 15, and October 22, and the Vice Presidential debate on October 7. Following each debate, Spectrum News will air Decision 2020: Spectrum News Post-Debate Special featuring a roundtable of Spectrum News political anchors from the regional markets across the country to provide in-depth analysis, insights and commentary through their local lens.
Hosted by Spectrum News NY1 Anchor Errol Louis, the Network’s first Presidential post-debate hour-long special on September 29 will include analysis from Spectrum News 1 Southern California’s Alex Cohen, Spectrum News 1 North Carolina’s Tim Boyum, Spectrum News 13 Anchor Ybeth Bruzual from Orlando, and Spectrum News 1 Ohio’s Curtis Jackson who will be live from the debate site in Cleveland. NY1 Political Reporter Emily Ngo will fact-check the candidate’s speeches, and NY1 Political Director Bob Hardt will cover how the first debate compares to past Presidential debates.
To provide the most comprehensive, unbiased perspective on the virtual debate, Spectrum’s D.C. Bureau reporters, along with political reporters in each region, also will report on the issues at the state and local levels, including developments, reactions and analysis from representatives from each campaign.
Exclusively on the Spectrum News App, Spectrum’s political journalists including Spectrum News “Capital Tonight” Anchors Susan Arbetter (Upstate New York) and Karina Kling (Texas), “Political Connections” Anchor Holly Gregory (Tampa Bay), Spectrum News D.C. Bureau Reporters Taylor Popielarz (Ohio), Jeevan Vital (New York) and Taurean Small (Wisconsin), as well as Alex Cohen (Southern California), Ybeth Bruzual (Orlando) and Tim Boyum (North Carolina) will live blog throughout the debate.
Decision 2020: Spectrum News Post-Debate Special will air on all Spectrum News networks in California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin, and on the Spectrum News App. The Spectrum News App combines reporting from existing newsrooms, original content by dedicated digital journalists, and curated content from partner news organizations. The app also showcases the linear feeds of all Spectrum News networks, giving customers the ability to read, watch or listen anytime, anywhere, based on their geographic preferences.
About Spectrum Networks
Spectrum Networks is a series of 24/7 news and sports networks owned and operated by Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR), a leading broadband connectivity company and cable operator serving more than 30 million customers in 41 states. Spectrum Networks carry distinct, comprehensive, and exclusive local programming on over 30 networks across Charter’s footprint. More information on Spectrum Networks is available at spectrumlocalnews.com.