Presidential Debate: What Time & TV Channel Is It On Tonight?

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How can you watch the presidential debate tonight? (Getty)

The first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is tonight at 9 p.m. Eastern. It will be televised on all major broadcast and cable news networks.

The debate is being held on the anniversary of the very first televised presidential debate between Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy in 1960. Here’s a look at the broadcast information:

DATE: Monday, September 26, 2016

AIR TIME: The debate will begin at 9 p.m. Eastern/ 8 p.m. Central. It’s scheduled to end at 10:30 p.m. Eastern.

TV CHANNEL: This debate will be broadcast live on all the major networks and leading cable sites, including ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, CNBC, Fox, Fox News, MSNBC, and PBS NewsHour, Telemundo, and Univision.

To find out what channel the station you want to watch 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 the station you’re interested in is on for you.

LOCATION: Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York

MODERATOR: NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt.

CANDIDATES IN THE DEBATE: The Commission on Presidential Debates announced on September 16 that only Trump and Clinton would be invited to this debate, based on an average of relevant national polls. Gary Johnson and Jill Stein did not make the cut for this first debate.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE LIVE STREAM: Click here to find out how to watch the first presidential debate via live stream.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE SCHEDULE: There are two more presidential debates scheduled for after this one. The second debate is Sunday, October 9. The third debate is Wednesday, October 19. A vice presidential debate is also scheduled to take place on Tuesday, October 4.

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