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First US Presidential Debate 2020: When and Where to Watch

The first debate takes place on September 29 (morning of September 30 in the UK) in Cleveland, Ohio

Published on September 27, 2020

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The first of three US Presidential Debates is scheduled to take place on Tuesday September 29 (morning of Wednesday September 30, UK time), with former Vice President Biden and President Trump taking to the stage at the Samson Pavilion of the Health Education Campus at the Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, Cleveland.

The first debate is scheduled to start at 9pm Eastern Time, which is 2am British Summer time, and will be moderated by the Fox News Sunday anchor Chris Wallace. Here's how you can tune in to watch or listen to the debate:


If you're in the United States, all the major US networks will be carrying the debate, including ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN and MSNBC.

In the UK, the debates will be broadcast by CNN (Virgin Channel 607 / Sky Channel 878 or 506), and Bloomberg TV (Virgin Channel 609 / Sky Channel 502 / Freesat Channel 208).


Most of the major US networks will also be streaming the debate 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.

You're also likely to see streams of the debate available via social media, in case you need another method. For example, it's being reported that The Washington Post will be streaming the debate via their YouTube Channel.

The same methods of broadcast should be available for the second and third Presidential Debates, which take place on October 15 from Florida and October 22 from Tennessee. There will also be a vice presidential debate between Senator Kamala Harris and Vice President Penn on October 7, from Utah.




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