CN8 Gears Up For Vice Presidential Debate Coverage


Continuing its expansive “America’s Next President” election coverage, CN8, The Comcast Network, will air tomorrow night’s vice presidential debate from Washington University in St. Louis.

Immediately following the 9. p.m. debate between Sen. Joe Biden (D.-Delaware) and Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, CN8 political director Lynn Doyle will host an expert panel to analyze the discussion. Viewers who miss the initial airing can catch the re-air on Oct. 3 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

CN8 plans similar coverage from the next two presidential debates from Belmont University in Nashville and Hofstra on Oct. 7 and Oct. 15, respectively. Encores will air the following mornings.

As for election day itself, Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham will go live from CN8’s Washington D.C. studio at 11:30 a.m. Roll Call reporters will join host Traynham, CN8's Washington, D.C. bureau chief, in the studio to preview the day’s activity, including state-by-state numbers and predictions. The special will re-air at 7:30 p.m. as a lead in to the network’s election night coverage, which commences at 8 p.m.

Doyle and reporter Kevin Walsh will co-host the network’s live coverage and analysis of the presidential election, featuring a team of political reporters and experts, including Traynham, director of business and consumer news Mary Caraccioli and host Steve Adubato. Programming will feature live reports from GOP candidate JohnMcCain and his opponent Barack Obama's campaign headquarters, as well as special coverage of leading federal, state and local races throughout CN8’s Maine to Virginia footprint.

The network's Philadelphia studio will serve as the command center for election night programming, with additional support from studios in Washington; Boston and Union, N.J. There will also be field reports from various campaign headquarters and key battleground states.

Election night programming will encore the following day from 8 a.m. to noon, with preemptive breaking news updates throughout the day.

CN8 election night, countdown and debate coverage will also be made available through Comcast Digital Cable’s on-demand service. The network's live coverage also will stream concurrently at

“The 2008 election looks to be a watershed event, and CN8 has led election coverage since before the primaries, and will continue to do so through the debates, election night itself and the inauguration,” said Jon Gorchow, vice president and general manager of CN8, in a statement. “By televising these historic events – as well as making them available online and on demand – we’re expressing our commitment to top-notch political coverage. It’s more important than ever to be informed and CN8 will help our viewers do so through this live, expanded lineup.”