In case you didn’t know, the debate originally scheduled for tonight has been canceled. As somewhat of a replacement, former Vice President Biden and President Trump will be participating in town hall events on separate TV networks at the exact same time. Here are all the details on these broadcasts including how to watch, what channel they’re on, and when they start. There will also be live stream links and a live stream embed if it becomes available.
Vice President Biden Town Hall Tonight
Since Biden was the first to schedule after the debate was scrapped, here are the details on the Joe Biden Town Hall with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.
ABC News 20/20 Biden Town Hall
Date: Oct. 15, 2020
Time: 8 pm ET – 9:30 pm ET
Location: National Constitution Center in Philadelphia
Host: George Stephanopoulos
Alternate Link: ABC News (YouTube)
How to Watch: The town hall will air live on your local ABC channel and be available for streaming at ABCNews.com and YouTube. It will also stream simultaneously on ABC News Live, which is available to watch on Hulu, Roku, YouTube TV, Amazon Fire tablets and TV stick, Xumo, Sling TV, Facebook, Twitter, ABCNews.com, and the ABC News and ABC mobile apps.
President Trump Town Hall Tonight
Following the news that the debate would be canceled, and that Biden was participating in a town hall on ABC, the Trump campaign immediately scheduled a competing event on rival NBC to air at the exact same time.
NBC News Trump Town Hall
Channel: NBC, MSNBC, CNBC
Date: Oct. 15, 2020
Time: 8 pm ET – 9 pm ET
Location: Miami, Florida
Host: Savannah Guthrie
Alternate Link: NBC News Now (YouTube)
How to Watch: The Trump town hall will air on several NBC networks including your local NBC station as well as MSNBC and CNBC on cable. It will also be streamed on NBC News NOW via YouTube, an online service available on numerous streaming platforms including Fire TV, Apple TV, Roku, and available to watch on-demand after the broadcast on Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming service.
Tonight’s events are not without controversy, especially when it comes to the scheduling of the NBC town hall with President Trump to run alongside the Biden town hall event. Some have criticized NBC, even from within its own network, for scheduling a competing event when Biden’s event was already on the docket:
NBC News faced a sharp backlash to its decision to host President Donald Trump for a town hall Thursday in direct competition with ABC’s event with Democrat Joe Biden, including a social media call to boycott the network.
MSNBC’s biggest star, Rachel Maddow, made two oblique references to the matter on her show Wednesday. During an interview with Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, Maddow asked whether she was “as mad as everybody else” about the Trump town hall.
“I’m not touching that,” Harris replied.
NBC said it agreed to set up the dueling town hall after Trump was administered a coronavirus test Tuesday by the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Anthony Fauci and NIH clinical director Dr. Clifford Lane reviewed the test and Trump’s medical records, concluding with a “high degree of confidence” that the president was not shedding infectious virus.
The President is using the dueling events to try and score a big ratings win over Biden as a sign of enthusiasm. NBC had previously given Biden a town hall, so they “owed one” to Trump at some point in October.
We will know tomorrow who wins the rating war, but tune in tonight to watch both events live.