AFN airing second Presidential debate live

AFN airing second Presidential debate live

by George A. Smith
AFN Broadcast Center

The American Forces Network (AFN) broadcasts the second Presidential debate live on AFN|news from 3-5 a.m. Central European Time (CET)/10- a.m.-noon Japan|Korea Time (JKT) Oct. 23.

AFN airs the debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden live from Belmont, University, Nashville, Tennessee. Initial debate coverage will come from MSNBC (Microsoft and National Broadcasting Company).

AFN|news repeats the debate twice: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET/6-8 p.m. JKT Oct. 23 from CNN (Cable News Network) and 7-9 p.m. CET Oct. 23/2-4 a.m. JKT Oct. 24 from Fox News Channel (FNC).

While the pool video feed from a debate is virtually identical, there are differences before, during and after network coverage.

“What’s most noticeable is the introductory ‘framing’ of the debate by each network’s anchors, and the analysis offered afterward,” says AFN|news programmer Mike Roberts,  “A bit more subtle, but still significant, are the words contained in the captions and tickers each network inserts at the bottom of the screen, the so-called ‘lower thirds.’

AFN offers coverage from three different networks to offer alternate sides of the political conversation.

Scheduled events are subject to change.  For the most current and complete AFN schedule, and for broadcast times in other parts of the world, go to

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