Updated PBS NEWSHOUR DNC Coverage


(Arlington, VA) In response to schedule changes at the Democratic National Convention, PBS NEWSHOUR expands its convention coverage both online and on air.  LIVE broadcast coverage co-anchored by award-winning political journalists Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will now begin an hour earlier than originally scheduled, at 7 pm ET, and continue until the conclusion of the proceedings at approximately 11:00 p.m., ET. 


5 pm ET – DNC gavels into session to conduct business, PBS NEWSHOUR coverage begins online with our livestream at www.pbs.org/newshour


6 pm ET – PBS NEWSHOUR’s regular broadcast airs live from the skybox in the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, NC


7 pm ET – Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill co-anchor PBS’s LIVE special coverage of the DNC Convention at Time Warner Cable Arena


NewsHour Correspondent Hari Sreenivasan extends the coverage online via through our 24-hour livestream, powered by Ustream, Inc., on up to six different channels (more below) that offer viewers an “all-access pass” to the convention. 


Additionally, the NewsHour will post hundreds of images capturing the convention on a Flickr stream that can be used by anyone under a free creative commons license. View images from the RNC and DNC.


Coverage both on-air and online will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including:


  • Shields & Brooks– Political analysis fromNewsHour regulars, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks.


  • Spanish Language– PBSNewsHourconvention coverage will include SAP translation of the broadcast and one of the sixlivestreamchannels is also in Spanish.


  • Reports from the Convention Floor– Senior CorrespondentRay Suarez will have live dispatches from the convention floorthroughout the evening broadcasts.


  • Political Analysis-NewsHourPolitical Editor ChristinaBellantonioffers perspective and analysis on key developments at the convention,with occasional appearances byNathan Gonzales from the Rothenberg Political Report.


  • Historians– Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and MichaelBeschlosswill provide historical context of the candidates’ acceptance speeches on the final night of each convention.


  • Listen to Me– The PBSNewsHourshowcases the voices of American voters through its year-long “Listen to Me” project askingthem for the most important issues driving their choiceconcerns and top issues driving them to the polls.


  • The Buzz– Political Editor ChristinaBellantoni reports on how the politics of the convention are being viewed online and what’s buzzing on Twitter.


  • Digital Map Center– The Map Center allows anyone to see the electorate through different demographic and historical lenses. From previous national election results to county by county unemployment data to an electoral calculator where users can create and share their 2012 predictions with friends, it is a valuable free fact-centric resource for viewers and bloggers.


PBS NEWSHOUR’s 24-hour livestream coverage features six channels, powered by Ustream, that include:


  • NewsHourSuper Channel-Astreaming version of NewsHour’sextensive broadcast coverage


  • EnEspañol-NewsHourbroadcast coverage translated into Spanish


  • DNC Feed-The official broadcast feed from the DNC


  • Sky Cam– A view of the convention floor from the PBS NEWSHOUR skybox in the Time Warner Cable Arena


  • #HatCam –Created just for the conventions, PBS NEWSHOUR livestream coverage features the sights and sounds from a roving helmet camera worn by a NewsHour reporter who roams the convention area – one the floor, in the halls, behind scenes – literally providing viewers an all-access pass to the conventions


  • Newsroom -Alive shot of the PBS NEWSHOUR newsroom


The livestream coverage includes web only features such as:


  • The Political Checklist– Each morning, Political Editor Christina Bellantoni will debrief co-anchors Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill about the nightly convention agenda as well as their take on political news and events.


  • Newsmaker Interview– Each day,HariSreenivasan will host a live newsmaker interview with key leaders and figures in attendance at the convention.


  • Share Your Views-As part ofNewsHour’s partnership withUstream, viewers can provide their perspective and engage in discussion while watching coverage online through Ustream’s social stream chat room embedded on our homepage.


  • The Doubleheader– Mark Shields and David Brooks joinHariSreenivasanfor a daily online discussion about the sport of politics – and the politics of sport.


  • Breakfast Panel Discussion– at 9:30 am on Wed., Sept. 5 – GwenIfillhostsa discussion with some of the newest generation of Democratic leaders, including: Kasim Reed, Mayor or Atlanta, GA; R.T. Rybak, Mayor of Minneapolis, MN & DNC Vice Chair; Marilyn Strickland, Mayor of Tacoma, WA; Kamala Harris, Attorney General of California; and Alejandra Salinas, National President of College Democrats of America.


PBS NEWSHOUR is seen by over 5 million weekly viewers and is also available online, via public radio in select markets and via podcast. The program is produced in association with WETA Washington, D.C., and WNET in New York. Major funding for the PBS NEWSHOUR is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. www.pbs.org/newshour


For more information on PBS Election 2012, including programming from PBS NEWSHOUR, WASHINGTON WEEK, FRONTLINE and NEED TO KNOW, visit pbs.org/election2012.

Anne Bell