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How To Watch The 2021 Presidential Inauguration From The UK

On January 20, Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be formally inaugurated as President and Vice President of the United States. Here’s how you can watch it unfold from the UK.

Published on January 14, 2021

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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in as President and Vice President of the United States on January 20. This year's event will be a primarily virtual affair, with traditional inaugural events having a "limited footprint" due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.

The official swearing-in ceremony will still take place at the US Capitol, and will be live-streamed online and via cable TV.

Celebrities including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Justin Timberlake, Demi Lovato, Jon Bon Jovi, Ant Clemons and Tom Hanks have been confirmed to take part in various events surrounding the inauguration.

Here are the details on how you can tune in from the UK.


Noon ET on Wednesday January 20, 2021. This will be 5pm GMT in the UK, and 6pm CET in Western Europe.

How to Watch


If you're in the United States, all the major US networks are expected to carry the inauguration, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

In the UK, the inauguration will be broadcast on BBC One and ITV1, with both shows beginning at 4pm GMT.


Most of the major US networks will also be streaming the inauguration via their apps and online platforms. If you're in the UK, CNN is free to view without a log in from edition.cnn.com/specials/live-cnni-uk, and is likely to be broadcasting the ceremony.

You can also choose from several networks who are likely to stream the inauguration on YouTube, including C-SPAN and NBC News.

For more information on the Biden Inauguration, go to bideninaugural.org


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