Where to Watch the First Presidential Debate

By Merrill Knox 

A round-up of the broadcast and cable coverage plans for the first Presidential debate, which takes place tonight at 9pmET at the University of Denver:

Brian Williams to Anchor NBC’s Debate Coverage

Sawyer and Stephanopoulos to Lead ABC’s Debate Coverage

Scott Pelley to Anchor CBS Debate Coverage

Kelly, Baier to Lead Fox News’ Debate Coverage

MSNBC’s Primetime Hosts to Lead Debate Coverage

Fact Checking to Play Big Role in CNN’s Presidential Debate Coverage

FBN’s Cavuto in Colorado

Update: Univision and CNBC have plans too. See them after the jump.


CNBC’s coverage starts at 7pm with “The Kudlow Report.” From 8-11pm will be CNBC’s “Your Money, Your Vote” anchored by Maria Bartiromo and Carl Quintanilla live from CNBC’s global headquarters with CNBC’s Chief Washington Correspondent John Harwood live from the debate. There will be pre and post coverage and the debate live.



Multiplatform coverage includes the Univision Network, UnivisionNoticias.com,

YouTube Elections Hub, Google Hangout, and mobile app

Debate coverage begins at 8:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. CT, 5:30 p.m. PT on Wednesday, Oct. 3

WHAT: Univision News will provide millions of Hispanics with access to comprehensive Spanish-language coverage of tonight’s U.S. presidential debate through Univision’s multiple platforms, including television, online, and mobile.

The Univision Network will air the first debate between President Barack Obama and Governor Mitt Romney LIVE from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado, with simultaneous Spanish translation. Immediately following the 90 minute event, Univision News anchor María Elena Salinas will host a special half hour live post-debate program featuring Univision News correspondent Luis Megid (participating from Denver), debate specialist Javier Mesa, and political analysts Helen Aguirre (Republican) and Fabian Núñez (Democrat), who will discuss the candidates’ performance and what voters can expect during the last phase of the presidential campaign. In addition, Univision News political reporter Jordan Fabian will present post-debate reaction and highlights after the special.

Prior to the candidates’ face-off, Univision News will present a Spanish-language pre-debate show available live on YouTube Elections Hub and Google Hangout, with Univision News correspondent Luis Megid, and political analysts Mesa, Aguirre, and Núñez. The discussion will be moderated by Enrique Acevedo, co-anchor of Univision’s nightly newscast, “Noticiero Univision Edición Nocturna.”

The pre-debate show, presidential debate and post-debate special will be streamed live on UnivisionNoticias.com, and YouTube.com/politics, with ongoing coverage and updates on the Noticias Univision app. The debate will also be broadcasted on local Univision America radio stations and on Univisionamerica.com.

Users can follow and participate in the coverage of the first U.S. presidential debate via @UniNoticias, @UnivisionNews, @UniPolitica and the hashtag #Destino2012 on Twitter. There will be live tweeting during the debate with political analysts Helen Aguirre and Fabian Núñez. For the first time, Noticias Univision will be airing lower third, real time twitter comments from the audience during the post-debate analysis show.

WHEN: Live Broadcast of the U.S. Presidential Debate on the Univision Network with Live Streaming on UnivisionNoticias.com and YouTube.com/politics – Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Post-Debate Special hosted by María Elena Salinas, live on the Univision Network, UnivisionNoticias.com and YouTube.com/politics – Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 10:30-11:00 p.m. ET

Pre-debate Discussion via YouTube Elections Hub (YouTube.com/politics) and Google Hangout – Wednesday, October 3, 2012 – 8:30-9 p.m. ET

WHERE: Univision Network, UnivisionNoticias.com, YouTube Elections Hub, Google Hangout: http://uninews.us/QPErPs, Noticias Univision App., Local Univision America radio stations and on Univisionamerica.com.