CBSN and Instagram Announce Partnership for Debates, Making CBSN The First Network to Feature Instagram Stories in Live Coverage

09/23/2016

CBS News’ 24/7 digital streaming news service, and Instagram today announced a partnership to feature curated Instagram Stories in CBSN’s live streaming coverage for the upcoming presidential and vice presidential debates. The partnership makes CBSN the first network to feature Instagram Stories in live coverage.

As part of the partnership, a collection of Instagram Stories created by CBSN anchors and CBS News correspondents and contributors, including Nancy Cordes, Vladimir Duthiers, Major Garrett, Reena Ninan, Will Rahn and Bob Schieffer, will be integrated into CBSN’s anchored coverage before and after each debate, along with stories from political experts and voters across the country. CBSN will also curate questions from voters to inform coverage of the debates. CBSN will use the real-time audience engagement platform Connect Live from social technology company Telescope to deliver Instagram Stories live on air.

“Throughout this campaign, CBSN has highlighted new voices on new screens to bring politics to life, making a partnership with Instagram, which focuses on stories, a natural fit,” said Christy Tanner, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CBS News Digital.

“We’re looking forward to being the first network to use Instagram Stories to tell the debate story by engaging our audience in our coverage,” said Nancy Lane, Senior Executive Producer, CBS News Digital.

CBSN will offer complete coverage before, during and after each debate, with primetime coverage beginning at 7:00 PM, ET. The presidential debates will take place on Monday, Sept. 26, Sunday, Oct. 9, and Wednesday, Oct. 19, and the vice presidential debate will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 4. CBSN’s Josh Elliott, Vladimir Duthiers and Reena Ninan will anchor the coverage, and CBSN anchor and CBS news correspondent Elaine Quijano will moderate the vice presidential debate on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. She will lead CBSN’s live coverage from the final two presidential debates. Bob Schieffer will join CBSN as a special contributor, and Nancy Cordes and Major Garrett will also contribute to CBSN’s coverage live from each debate site. In addition, CBSN will feature a panel of experts and contributors including Jamelle Bouie, Peggy Noonan, Leslie Sanchez and Lynda Tran.

CBSN continues to increase viewership and set records, especially during this election season. CBSN set a two-week viewership record for its coverage of the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, drawing nearly 14 million streams for its on-the-ground reporting and analysis as well as its breaking news coverage during both weeks, and also set a record for the full month. Additionally, CBSN engagement levels were high throughout both conventions, with viewers watching for 52 minutes per session on average on connected TVs during the Democratic National Convention, up from 50 minutes during the Republican National Convention.

CBSN recently launched on the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 systems, and is also available for free on connected devices including Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, Roku players, Roku TV models, Xbox One and Xbox 360, as well as the CBS News apps for iOS, Android, Windows 8.1 and CBSNews.com on desktop and mobile devices.

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