AFN announces air times for Presidential debate

AFN announces air times for Presidential debate

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The American Forces Network (AFN) airs the first Presidential debate live on AFN|news from 3-5 a.m. Central European Time (CET)/10- a.m.-noon Japan|Korea Time (JKT) Sept. 30.

AFN’s live debate coverage from the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, will come from the Fox News Channel.

AFN|news repeats the debate twice: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. CET/6-8 p.m. JKT Sept. 30 from MSNBC and 7-9 p.m. CET Sept. 30/2-4 a.m. Oct. 1 from CBS.

While the pool video feed from the debates is virtually identical, there are differences in each network’s 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.’ The lower thirds deliver a separate, rich layer of context unique to each network. This literal subtext is just one more thing we take into account in complying with our instruction to provide “contrasting perspectives.”

Two more Presidential debates are scheduled in the United States on Oct. 15 and 22.  The debate between Vice President Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris is slated for Oct. 7.  AFN|news will air each of these debates live and repeat each of them twice.

For a complete AFN schedule, go to

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