EAST PROVIDENCE, RI (WPRI) – This election year, Eyewitness News is bringing viewers the most extensive, local coverage of Campaign 2016 on-air and on its digital platforms, including social media. On Monday, September 26th, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump confronted each other face-to-face in the first, televised Presidential debate. As the debate aired live on WPRI 12 and FOX Providence, Eyewitness News live streamed the debate for viewers on WPRI.com and to all of WPRI’s mobile platforms.
In addition, Eyewitness News gave viewers a chance to join the conversation with Debate Watch on Facebook Live. Hosted by Eyewitness News Reporters Tim White and Ted Nesi, Debate Watch brought together Political Analyst Joe Fleming, Republican Rep. Joe Trillo and former 3-time Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Myrth York for live analysis as the debate unfolded. Viewers were invited to join the conversation and send in their questions to be answered by the panel in real time.
Debate Watch on Facebook Live:
- Reached over 43,000 people
- Had over 7,000 unique viewers
- Received over 8,000 video views
- Nearly 1,000 social actions
- Social audience was double the nearest competitor in the market*
“We’re continuing our commitment to in-depth, all screens coverage of Campaign 2016,” says Patrick Wholey, President & General Manager of WPRI 12, Fox Providence, and myRITV. “The Eyewitness News team has leveraged Facebook Live in a new and exciting way to bring viewers into the conversation during significant news events.”
“The consumption of media has changed since the last Presidential election, and we are fortunate to have the best mediums in television and digital for our viewers,” says News Director Karen Rezendes. ”We want to make all of our platforms useful resources that inform and engage our viewers.”
*Source: Shareablee, September 26, 2016