Broadcast News Chiefs Vow Deeper Coverage in 2020 Election

Variety | 6/6/2019 | Brian Steinberg
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As the United States steels itself for a new presidential election next year, TV-news viewers will still get horse-race stories – but, also, say three of the industry’s top executives, a lot more.

The heads of CBS News, NBC News and ABC News jointly vowed Thursday that their outlets would cover the 2020 election in deeper, more nuanced fashion, and said they would all have more staffers on the ground around the nation to chronicle more precisely the actions of President Donald Trump and how Americans react to them. None of them were willing to say they would back away from coverage of rallies or the latest polls about who’s up and who’s down, but all three suggested they had taken steps to collect more information from around the country.

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“We may have more journalists deployed in the field than at any other time in this news organization,” said Noah Oppenheim, president of NBC News, speaking at a “Future of News” conference organized by the Financial Times. Oppenheim said NBC News had begun to hire journalists from local papers around the U.S., and to assign them to cover the region with which they are already familiar. He said NBC News was eager to report “the things that move the needle,” which are generally “what this president is doing and how people react to them”

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“You can only tell those stories with boots on the ground,” he added.

Oppenheim appeared with CBS News President Susan Zirinsky and ABC News President...
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