President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is officially getting underway today. Here are all the details about what time the impeachment trial starts and how you can watch it on TV. Live streams for watching the trial right here are embedded throughout this story.
Here Are the Time Zones for When the Impeachment Trial Begins
Today, Tuesday, January 21, 2020, Trump’s impeachment trial is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the Senate coming into session at 12 p.m. Eastern. That means that with the trial officially begins at 1 p.m. Eastern, this translates to 12 p.m. Central, 10 a.m. Pacific, and 11 a.m. Mountain time. In Hawaii time, that’s 8 a.m. on Tuesday. In Juneau, Alaska, 1 p.m. Eastern would be 9 a.m. Eastern on Tuesday.
TV Channels for Watching the Impeachment
A number of channels will be broadcasting the impeachment trial live today, and the start times for their coverage will vary. To find out what channel any of the networks listed below 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 network you’re interested in watching is on for you.
Here are the channels that have listed their impeachment broadcasts so far. If you prefer, you can watch on a live stream that’s embedded at the end of this story.
C-SPAN will be broadcasting the Senate Impeachment Trial live starting at 1 p.m. Eastern on C-SPAN 2. C-SPAN is providing live, gavel-to-gavel uninterrupted coverage on the Senate floor.
CNN, meanwhile, will begin its coverage at 10 a.m. Eastern, three hours before the trial is scheduled to begin. CNN has scheduled until 7 p.m. Eastern for coverage tonight.
As for Fox News, its regular programming is currently scheduled on TV Guide, but the network has said it’s going to provide “gavel to gavel” coverage, Broadcasting Cable reported. The TV Guide lists America’s Newsroom airing until 12 p.m. Eastern, followed by Outnumbered at 12 p.m. and 1 p.m., then The Daily Briefing at 2 p.m., Bill Hemmer Reports at 3 p.m. and Your World with Neil Cavuto at 4 p.m., then The Five at 5 p.m., and Special Report at 6 p.m. Eastern. However, Broadcasting Cable has noted that Bret Baier is going to be leading impeachment coverage on January 21, and affiliates will be offered coverage from Bill Hemmer.
You can also watch Fox News’ live stream coverage below.
PBS News Hour has said they will cover impeachment proceedings live as well, even if it’s not listed on TV Guide, Deadline reported.
You can watch PBS’ live stream coverage below.
CBS News said they will be broadcasting special reports all day today and every day of the trial, Variety reported. ABC News has also said it plans to have special reports led by George Stephanopoulos and others.
NBC News is going to have special reports anchored by Lester Holt. You can watch NBC News’ coverage below.
MSNBC is having coverage all day starting at 9 a.m. Eastern, even though the trial isn’t scheduled to start until 1 p.m. MSNB is continuing coverage until 7 p.m. Eastern, when it switches to Hardball with Chris Matthews. Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace will lead the coverage, Variety reported.
You’ll likely find other stations covering the trial too. No local stations currently have listed plans on TV Guide to break into primetime coverage for impeachment coverage, but don’t expect that not to happen from time to time.
TV Guide’s schedules, along with major broadcast channels, are anticipating that today’s trial will wrap up between 6 and 7 p.m. Eastern. However, there’s a distinct possibility that it could go on longer, possibly even lasting for 12 hours until 1 a.m. Eastern, CNN reported. This is more likely to happen on days when opening arguments are made, but it’s a possibility for today too.