Republican National Convention: What Time & Channel Is the RNC On Today?

CLEVELAND, OH - JULY 17: The U.S. flag hangs inside the Quicken Loans Arena a day before the start of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention is set to run from July 18-21. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

The U.S. flag hangs inside the Quicken Loans Arena a day before the start of the Republican National Convention on July 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The convention is set to run from July 18-21. (Getty)

The Republican National Convention starts today and we have all the details about how you can watch it live on TV. The main events start at primetime, although the Convention will have some events earlier in the day and TV stations will start broadcasting around 1 p.m. Eastern.

Here are all the details you need to know.

DATE: The first day of the RNC starts today, Monday, July 18, 2016.

RNC PRIMETIME AIR TIME: The RNC will be happening all day, but the main speakers will begin primetime, starting at 8 p.m. Eastern with a session focused on national security and immigration. The theme is called “Make America Safe Again.” The afternoon sessions will begin around 1 p.m. Eastern.

TV CHANNEL: Many channels will be hosting RNC coverage, which we’re listing below. To find what channel each station is on for you, click here to go to TV Guide’s listings. Then change the “Provider” (right under TV Listings) to your local provider. You’ll be able to scroll down to see what channel each station is on for you.

C-SPAN — This station will have wall-to-wall, gavel-to-gavel coverage beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern. It will also have a pre-convention show at 7 p.m. Eastern and an afternoon RNC wrap-up at 4:30 p.m.

MSNBC — 20 hours of daily, live reporting from the RNC, including round-the-clock reporting from and social media platforms.

RNC-TV — Some cable companies have a special RNC-TV channel with non-stop, all-day coverage. It will be called “RNC” or “RNCTV” in your package if you have this. Check your TV Guide or Cable guide.

CNN — CNN will offer 24 hours of live programming from the Convention hall. At night, “America’s Choice 2016,” focusing on the primetime speakers, will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern and will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper, Dana Bash, and Chris Cuomo. CNN will also bring live, blanket digital coverage, plus special Snapchat coverage, daily Facebook Live segments, and virtual reality through CNNVR.

Fox News —  Fox will also have coverage off-and-on all day from the Convention floor. Its special on-location primetime coverage will include On the Record with Greta Van Susteren at 7 p.m. Eastern, The Kelly File at 9 p.m Eastern, America’s Election Headquarters at 10 p.m Eastern, and a special two-hour Hannity at 11 p.m. Eastern. (Note: The O’Reilly Factor, at 8 p.m. Eastern, will be in New York Monday and Tuesday and on location in Cleveland on Wednesday and Thursday.)

CBS News — Campaign 2016 coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. Eastern.

ABC News — “Your Voice Your Vote” begins at 10 p.m. Eastern.

NBC News — Primetime coverage begins at 10 p.m. Eastern.

EXTRA C-SPAN EVENTS: On Monday, C-SPAN2 will have a “Women Vote Trump Panel” at 11 a.m. Eastern. At 2 p.m., the channel will air “The Atlantic at the 2016 Republican National Convention w/Sen. Tom Cotton.”


It’s tradition that the spouse of the candidate speaks on the first night of the Convention, so Melania Trump will be speaking. Other headlining speeches will be by Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, Sen. Joni Ernst, Jason Beardsley, and Rep. Ryan Zinke. Additional speakers will include Willie Robertson (CEO of Duck Commander), (Former) Gov. Rick Perry, Marcus Luttrell, Scott Baio, Pat Smith (mother of Benghazi victim Sean Smith), Mark Geist, John Tiegen, Kent Terry & Kelly Terry-Willis, Antonio Sabato Jr., Marry Ann Mendoza, Sabine Durden, Jamiel Shaw, Rep. Michael McCaul, Darryl Glenn, Sen. Tom Cotton, Karen Vaughn, Sen. Jeff Session, and (former) Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

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