Press ReleaseAugust 17, 2020
Spectrum Networks Announces Extensive Cross-Platform Local Coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions
Coverage Available on Spectrum’s Local News Networks and the New Spectrum News App
STAMFORD, Conn. – Spectrum Networks today announced its comprehensive, cross-platform coverage of the Democratic National Convention August 17 through August 20, and the Republican National Convention August 24 through August 27, exclusive to Spectrum subscribers, including internet-only subscribers. Leveraging its 30 plus linear news networks and the Spectrum News App, a new digital news platform, Spectrum News will provide a robust lineup of objective and exclusive programming to highlight the issues from the national political stage that are most relevant to local communities.
"We believe local journalism is essential to building strong communities and a healthy democracy,” said Mike Bair, Executive Vice President, Spectrum Networks. "With our journalists embedded in communities in key battleground states across the country, Spectrum Networks' robust coverage of the conventions will provide customers access to the objective local news they need to make well-informed decisions come Election Day."
Spectrum News’ linear and digital programming of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions features expanded political news coverage from a local perspective including, in-depth news reports from Spectrum’s award-winning political anchors and reporters, special prime-time programming with in-depth coverage on the state of the race and the latest developments from the conventions, exclusive previews and recaps from Spectrum News’ political team, and boots-on-the-ground reporting from Spectrum’s multimedia journalists and digital reporters to cover the local perspectives and reactions from deep within local neighborhoods. Programming includes:
- Spectrum News’ local award-winning political programs including, “Inside City Hall” hosted by NY1 anchor Errol Louis; “Inside the Issues” with anchor Alex Cohen on Spectrum News 1 in California; “Political Connections” hosted by Bay News 9 anchor Holly Gregory in Tampa Bay, and News 13 anchor Ybeth Bruzual in Orlando; and “Capital Tonight” hosted by Spectrum News 1 anchor Tim Boyum across North Carolina, Spectrum News anchor Karina Kling across Texas, and by veteran journalist Susan Arbetter throughout upstate New York will have extensive coverage with highlights, reactions and commentary of each convention through a local lens;
- Cross-platform coverage includes carrying the live speeches from prominent Democrats and Republicans, keynote addresses and speeches from relevant local figures, reactions from Spectrum News’ political anchors and guests including local elected officials and political and community experts from both parties throughout the conventions on the linear networks and livestreamed on the app;
- To provide the most comprehensive local perspective on the virtual conventions, Spectrum’s D.C. Bureau reporters, along with political reporters in each region, will provide news reports on the impacts of the conventions at the state and local levels, including developments, reactions and analysis from state and congressional delegations and convention delegates;
- On the Spectrum News App, Chief National Political Reporter Josh Robin will provide in-depth coverage from a national perspective of both conventions, including a nightly blog with live reporting and analysis, and a recap of the previous night’s main takeaways each morning. Robin also will give viewers a deeper look into the two parties, the candidates, and the issues that impact all Americans throughout the conventions via live interviews during local newscasts;
- Spectrum News National Digital Reporter Maddie Burakoff will provide on-the-ground reporting from Milwaukee, the host city of the virtual Democratic National Convention, and digital reporter Charles Duncan will report from Charlotte, the host city of the Republican National Convention, to provide localized coverage for all communities on the Spectrum News App;
- In addition to Spectrum’s original reporting on the conventions, the Spectrum News App features local curated content from partner news outlets in each of the local communities;
- Spectrumlocalnews.com also features a special Elections hub with everything local communities need to know about the upcoming local and state elections including, voting dates, times and locations as well as information and details about new and current representatives.
Spectrum News’ cross-platform convention coverage is available on local news channels that span across the country in California, Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin, and on the Spectrum News App which 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.