ABC News to Fire Up Facebook Live for Debate Coverage

ABC News is teaming up with Facebook for its coverage of the upcoming presidential debates.

The collaboration between ABC News and Facebook during the 2016 Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention resulted in more than 28 million video views across ABC News’ Facebook pages.

ABC News said in an email to SocialTimes that its curated Facebook feed will feature Facebook Live streams from debate host cities, inside spin rooms and watch parties across the U.S., as well as commentary from anchors and correspondents at the network’s New York headquarters, adding that Facebook users’ comments, questions and conversations will be incorporated into its live coverage on the social network.

Coverage of each debate will begin on Facebook Live at 7 p.m. ET with original series Strait Talk, featuring ABC News contributors Matthew Dowd and LZ Granderson. Strait Talk will be followed by coverage featuring Nightline co-anchor Dan Harris, digital host Amna Nawaz and Granderson.

Facebook director of news and global media partnerships Andy Mitchell said in an emailed statement:

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. With its 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.

ABC News vice president of digital Colby Smith added:

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. 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.

Readers: Will Facebook be a part of your plans to follow the debates?