The livestreaming partnerships Twitter forged last year have largely formed around two subjects–sports and politics, although it can be argued that the fact that the latter too often gets covered by the press as if it is the former blurs the line between the two. Regardless, Twitter is continuing its foray into politics livestreaming with a partnership with PBS NewsHour on inauguration coverage.
The livestream, anchored by Judy Woodruff and featuring John Yang reporting from the Capitol and Lisa Desjardins from the National Mall, will appear on Twitter Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. Woodruff will anchor in studio and will be joined by a panel of PBS NewsHour regulars including New York Times columnist David Brooks, syndicated columnist Mark Shields and Cook Political Report’s Amy Walter, as well as PBS NewsHour weekend special correspondent Jeff Greenfield, American Conservative Union chair Matt Schlapp, GW Graduate School of Political Management interim director Lara Brown and MoveOn.org senior advisor/national spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre.
Twitter and NewsHour’s partnership came amidst ongoing discussions about potential partnerships between the two organizations. “A while back, Twitter reached out about the possibility of livestreaming our inauguration coverage,” said a NewsHour spokesperson. “Doing so was a perfect opportunity for us to work together.”