Not Every Network Will Be Carrying Tonight’s Vice Presidential Debate

By Mark Joyella 

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The vice presidential candidates, Tim Kaine and Mike Pence, will face off tonight for a one-night-only debate at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia.

CBS News correspondent and CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano will moderate the 90-minute debate, which runs from 9 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET.

Broadcast networks ABC, CBS, NBC, and PBS will carry the debate as well as cable networks Bloomberg, CNN, C-SPAN, Fox News, Fox Business, Fusion and MSNBC. If Tim Kaine was hoping to launch into his fluent Spanish at some point, he won’t be seen on the three major Spanish-language networks. According to schedule guides Univision, Telemundo Azteca America will not carry the VP debate, despite carrying last week’s first presidential debate. CNBC is passing as well. Here’s a list of coverage so far, we’ll update as we hear back from other networks:

CBS News: CBSN coverage will begin at 7 p.m. ET.

CNN: Coverage begins at 7 p.m. with Erin Burnett, continuing through the debate and post-debate analysis until 1 a.m. ET. Dana Bash, Wolf Blitzer, Burnett, Anderson Cooper and Jake Tapper will host coverage in prime.

CNN Digital will live stream the debate on and across mobile devices, and the #MyVotecamper is stationed at Longwood University.

NBC / MSNBC: Lester Holt, Savannah Guthrie and Chuck Todd anchor NBC’s coverage beginning at 9 p.m. Tom Brokaw joins for post-debate coverage.

MSNBC’s all-day coverage began at 9 a.m. ET. Prime time coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with Chris Matthews. Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams pick up at 8 p.m. ET. The debate will stream live on,, and on NBC News’s YouTube channel.

ABC: George Stephanopoulos anchors starting at 9 p.m., along with David Muir, Jonathan Karl, Cecilia Vega, Tom Llamas, Byron Pitts, Cokie Roberts, and Matt Dowd. Digital coverage on ABC News’s digital properties and Facebook page begins at 7:30 p.m. with Dan Harris, Amna Nawaz and LZ Granderson.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor live coverage of the debate from 9 p.m. through 11 p.m. ET, joined by David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio, and Lisa Desjardins at the debate site in Virginia. NewsHour’s special will stream on Facebook, YouTube and Ustream.

Fox News: Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will co-anchor the network’s debate coverage in prime, beginning at 9 p.m. ET and running through 11 p.m., joined by Dana Perino, Juan Williams and Tucker Carlson. Special Report, The Kelly File and Hannity (airing from 12 a.m. ET-2 a.m.ET) will broadcast live from the debate site, while On the Record originates from Washington and The O’Reilly Factor from New York.

Fox Business Network: Neil Cavuto leads FBN’s debate coverage, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Cavuto will host Cavuto Coast to Coast from the debate site, as will Lou Dobbs at 7 p.m. ET. Dobbs, Trish Regan, Kennedy, Connell McShane and Blake Burman will join Cavuto from 8 p.m. through 1 a.m. ET.

Fusion: Beginning at 9 p.m. ET, Jorge Ramos and Alicia Menendez will lead coverage, joined by Nando Vila, Dan Lieberman and political editor Jason Johnson.