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Arlington, U.S.A — Long known for providing the most complete primetime coverage of the national political conventions, PBS NewsHour is going to even greater lengths to give viewers a first-hand look at the 2012 party conventions.
Award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox at both the Republican National Convention in Tampa, FL (August 27 – 30) and from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC (September 4 – 5) as well as the Bank of America Stadium (September 6).
NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan will extend the coverage online via the NewsHour’s interactive digital map center and “NewsHour All Hours” – a 24-hour livestream on multiple channels that offers viewers an “all-access pass” to the conventions.
On air, PBS special broadcast coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. EST each night of the conventions and continue LIVE until the conclusion of the proceedings at approximately 11:00 p.m., EST. The coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including:
“The conventions have traditionally been PBS NewsHour’s time to shine during the election season and this year is no exception,” said Executive Producer Linda Winslow. “Viewers know we respect their intelligence and that when lawmakers and candidates approach the podium, we’re going to step out of the way and let them see and hear the speeches for themselves. Between speeches, viewers count on our seasoned team of journalists, led by Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill, to hone in on the issues and get explanations in interviews with party leaders, delegates and the candidates or their representatives.”
“PBS NewsHour’s multi-platform approach will give the public the most up-close and engaging convention coverage available on air and online,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO. “With news that is trusted, in-depth and independent, our PBS Election 2012 coverage will provide the latest election information whenever and wherever consumers want it.”
In presenting the 2011 award to PBS NewsHour, the judges for the Walter Cronkite Award for excellence in television political journalism praised Ifill and Woodruff for “focusing on the issues, talking with real voters and letting the candidates explain themselves.” The NewsHour’s emphasis on exploring issues in-depth and connecting with real voters extends to www.pbs.org/newshour, where the coverage continues around the clock via the “NewsHour All Hours” livestream.
The livestream coverage will include:
The pairing of veteran political journalists Woodruff and Ifill marks the first time the two have anchored presidential election coverage together and marks a return to the two-anchor format established by Robert MacNeil and Jim Lehrer.
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