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Networks Plot Coverage Of Scaled-Back Political Conventions: “We Have Never Seen Anything Like This”

Hillary Clinton and Tim Kaine at the Democratic National Convention in 2016. When Democrats begin their national convention just over two weeks from now, it’ll be a test for the broadcast and cable networks: How to cover an event that will be like no other, where the celebratory atmosphere and masses of people instead will be a more sober, controlled environment that is heavily virtual.

Gone are the crowds, the sky booths, the giant balloon drops and perhaps even the chance of any unexpected moments of drama.

What is likely to unfold is coverage of remote speeches from around the country, with a heavy mix of analysis and commentary from anchors, pundits, historians and correspondents.

“We have never seen anything like this with the conventions,” Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour told reporters this past week. “It is not going to be a real convention. It is going to be a program or programs they produce.”

Democrats are planning just two hours per night for each of the four nights of their event starting on August 17 , with Joe Biden accepting the nomination in Milwaukee but in a smaller venue before far fewer people in person. Hillary Clinton waves to the crowd at […]

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