AFN airing vice presidential debate three times

AFN airing vice presidential debate three times

Department of Defense Defense, Media Activity, American Forces Network Broadcast Center

The American Forces Network (AFN) broadcasts the Vice Presidential debate live on AFN|news from 3-5 a.m. Central European Time (CET)/10- a.m.-noon Japan|Korea Time (JKT) Oct. 8.

AFN airs the debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Senator Kamala Harris live from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.  Initial debate coverage will come from the Cable News Network (CNN).

AFN|news repeats the debate twice: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET/6-8 p.m. JKT Oct. 8 from Fox News Channel and 7-9 p.m. CET Oct. 8/2-4 a.m. Oct. 9 from ABC.

While the pool video feed from the debates is virtually identical, there are differences before, during and after each network’s coverage of the event.

“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 three different network’s coverage of the debate to offer alternate sides of the political conversation happening in the United States.

 For a complete AFN schedule, go to

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