@NewsHour and @Twitter Continue Partnership to Live Stream Coverage of President Trump’s Address to #JointSession of Congress on Feb. 28
Washington, DC and San Francisco, CA (February 23, 2017) — @PBS @NewsHour in partnership with @Twitter will live stream special coverage of President Trump’s address to a #JointSession of Congress on February 28, 2017. NewsHour’s partnership with Twitter to live stream #InaugurationDay 2017 was Twitter’s most-viewed live stream broadcast to date.
The special broadcast, live on PBS stations nation wide from 9 – 11pm, will be anchored by managing editor @JudyWoodruff, with NewsHour correspondents @LisaDNews reporting from the U.S. Capitol and @JohnYangTV reporting from the White House. Coverage will include the President’s address and the Democratic party response and live stream on Twitter globally at jointsession.twitter.com and @NewsHour– available to both Twitter’s logged-in and logged out audience – as well as at pbs.org/newshour. The special will then rebroadcast at 11pm ET. NewsHour correspondent and PBS NewsHour Weekend anchor @Hari Sreenivasan will anchor early coverage exclusively on Twitter from 8 – 9pm ET, preceded by NewsHour’s broadcast at 7pm ET.
“We are excited to again partner with Twitter for special coverage of President Donald Trump’s first address to a joint session of Congress,” said @SaraJust, NewsHour’s executive producer and WETA SVP. “Our exclusive partnership with Twitter for Inauguration Day 2017 vastly increased our audience reach, breaking records for both NewsHour and Twitter. Again, for this Address, with Twitter, we will deliver live streaming coverage to any device that includes the in depth, thoughtful reporting and analysis that the PBS NewsHour is known for, with the kind of engaging conversation that Twitter provides.”
@AnthonyNoto, COO at Twitter, added, “Our partnership with PBS around the Inauguration was a record-setting success, which is why we’re thrilled to continue bringing NewsHour’s thoughtful coverage and analysis onto Twitter during the President’s upcoming address to Congress. Every day, what’s happening in the world of politics breaks in real-time on Twitter, and our relationship with NewsHour will continue to provide audiences with new, unique ways to experience live news.”
Joining Woodruff in studio in the 9pm ET hour will be a panel of guests including New York Times columnist @NYTDavidBrooks; syndicated columnist Mark Shields; the Cook Political Report’s @AmyEWalter; chair of the American Conservative Union @mschlapp; and senior advisor and national spokesperson for MoveOn @K_JeanPierre.
PBS is Twitter’s exclusive live streaming partner for President Trump’s February 28 address. As part of the live stream, comprehensive sponsorship packages will be available via Twitter.
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