Twitter Inks Pact With CBS News to Live-Stream Republican, Democratic National Conventions

Twitter reached an agreement with CBS News to live-stream its coverage of the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention.

Twitter reached an agreement with CBS News to live-stream its coverage of the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention.

CBS News previously teamed up with Twitter on a Democratic presidential debate Nov. 14, 2015, and a Republican presidential debate Feb. 13, with CBS’ coverage of those events including real-time analytics, curated tweets and live questions tweeted by voters and presented to the candidates.

Twitter told Kurt Wagner of Re/code details of the arrangement were still being hashed out, including potential advertising during the live-streams, and the social network would not comment on whether it was paying for the streaming rights to the two conventions.

The 2016 RNC will be held at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland July 18 through 21, while the 2016 DNC will take place July 25 through 28 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

CBS News president David Rhodes said in a statement:

CBS News will have the highest-quality original reporting continuously throughout both conventions–we are very pleased that reporting will be so prominently featured on Twitter’s live platform.

Twitter chief financial officer Anthony Noto added:

Twitter is the fastest way to find out what’s happening in politics and to have a discussion about it. By bringing the live discussion of the Republican and Democratic national conventions together with CBS News’ live video stream of the proceedings, we believe we’re giving people around the world the best way to experience democracy in action.

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