ABC News and Facebook have joined together for live coverage of the 2016 US presidential election. On Tuesday, ABC News’ Facebook Feed will offer live streams from anchors and correspondents at polling locations and candidate election parties across the US, as well as commentary from anchors and correspondents from New York.
Starting at 7 p.m. “Nightline” Co-Anchor Dan Harris, Anchor Amna Nawaz and Contributor LZ Granderson will feature conversations from a variety of ABC News contributors and political voices, including analysis from FiveThirtyEight.
“Given the tremendous viewership we saw across the ABC News Facebook pages throughout the conventions, we’re thrilled to continue the partnership and bring ABC News’ wide-ranging live coverage direct to users’ News Feeds for the debates,” said Colby Smith, Vice President of Digital, ABC News, in a statement. “As we move further into the election cycle, there continues to be a voracious appetite for live content and we know many users turn to Facebook to engage and participate in the conversation.”
“Good Morning America” co-anchor Michael Strahan and ABC News correspondent T.J. Holmes will report on the polling results and analysis from “Times Square Crossroads,” ABC News and Facebook’s booth in Times Square which will have real voters voice opinions as voters go to the polls on Election Day.
“We’re excited that ABC News will continue to bring people on Facebook the full breadth of what is happening, in real-time on the ground during these important moments in the election cycle,” said Andy Mitchell, Director of News and Global Media Partnerships, Facebook, in a statement. “With their robust Facebook Live coverage plans and deep bench of political journalists, ABC News will help facilitate an open dialogue among voters and create an engaging and immersive experience from each debate.”
The partnership expands upon the joint coverage of the 2016 conventions and 4 general election debates that resulted in 28 million and 24 million video views, respectively.
In addition to the live coverage ABC News’ Michael Koenigs is created the “Election Cycle” for digital where he biked across the country through all four debates hitting all difference cities and biking over 1000 miles. Stopping in cities such as Chicago and Long Island, N.Y., Koenigs stopped to talk with voters along the way, diving into the issues that mattered most to them.