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Fox News to simulcast CNN presidential debate

Composite photo of Donald Trump, Joe Biden
Former President Donald Trump (left) and President Joe Biden. (Photos by Gage Skidmore)

The Fox News Channel will offer a live simulcast of CNN’s presidential debate next week, the network announced in a statement.

The debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday, June 27 and will mark the first formal debate between incumbent President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump. Both are the presumed nominees for their respective parties.

The event is the first time two leading presidential candidates have participated in a nationally-televised debate not organized by the Commission on Presidential Debates since the 1980s. The candidates mutually agreed to appear on CNN and ABC News for at least two debates during the election season, and the two networks have offered other TV stations and news outlets the opportunity to simulcast them live.

On Thursday, a spokesperson for Fox News Media said their channel was taking CNN up on the offer, and will offer a live simulcast of the CNN presidential debate on the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Eastern Time. The Fox News website will also offer a live stream of the debate, with its coverage originating from the Fox News Channel version of the CNN debate. Fox News Audio will offer an audio feed of the CNN debate to radio affiliates across the country.

Fox News will produce its own pre-debate and post-debate coverage, which will include reports and analysis from Martha MacCallum, Bret Baier, Jesse Watters, Dana Perino, Sean Hannity, Brit Hume, Kellyanne Conway, Richard Fowler, Karl Rove and others.

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