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TV News 2020 Political Coverage: No Spin Rooms, But Lots of Scrambling

Author: Brian Steinberg
Publication: Variety

When Joe Biden and Donald Trump meet for their first presidential debate in 2020, a lot of TV news executives are betting it might look like something from 1960.

That was the year Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy squared off in various TV studios without a live audience to gasp, boo or cheer after each candidate’s utterances. And while there has been no official pronunciation on the format for this year’s presidential and vice-presidential debates, in the era of the coronavirus pandemic, TV networks are not-so-quietly preparing for similar events that will be of great importance to the American public but lack much of the pomp and circumstance normally accorded them.

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