Republican Convention: What Time & Channel Is the RNC on TV Tonight?

Getty President Donald Trump speaks during a press conference.

The Republican National Convention kicks off tonight on Monday, August 24. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch it on TV, including what time and channel it will be on.


The Main RNC Event Starts at 9 p.m. Eastern

Although some events are starting in the morning, the main programming for the RNC begins at 9 p.m. Eastern (8 p.m. Central/7 p.m. Mountain/6 p.m. Pacific.) The program lasts until 11 p.m. Eastern. Some convention proceedings will start at 9 a.m. Eastern on Monday, the New York Times reported, but the main coverage is expected to take place during prime time from 9-11 p.m. Eastern, New York Intelligencer reported. Of course, you might tune in earlier than that if you want to make sure you don’t miss a thing.

The main part of the program is supposed to be about two hours long every night during prime time, but some television stations have said that they only plan to show the second half, while others will be showing more events throughout the day or will be starting their coverage earlier.

TV Guide reported the following plans for TV coverage tonight:

  • ABC News: 7-11 p.m. Eastern
  • CBS News: 10-11 p.m. Eastern (The streaming site CBSN will have coverage starting at 5 p.m. Eastern.)
  • C-SPAN: 8:20 p.m. Eastern for 3 hours and 40 minutes (plus coverage at 9 a.m. Eastern)
  • CNN: 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern
  • MSNBC: 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern
  • NBC News: 10-11 p.m. Eastern
  • Fox News: The channel’s listing says it starts coverage at 10 p.m. Eastern. Earlier programming might also show the convention.

To find out what channel any of these networks are 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 your preferred network is on for you.

You can also catch it on TV via Amazon Prime Video, AT&T U-Verse Channel 121 (SD) or Channel 1212 (HD), DirecTV Channel 201, or DirecTV Puerto Rico Channel 700.

If you’d rather just watch on TV, you can watch this live stream from Fox News below. The stream begins at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Live: RNC Day 1 | Featuring President Trump, Nikki Haley, Jim Jordan and othersExpected speakers: Sen. Tim Scott, House Republican Whip Steve Scalise, Rep. Matt Gaetz, Rep. Jim Jordan, Former Ambassador Nikki Haley, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel, State Rep. Vernon Jones, Amy Johnson Ford, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Natalie Harp, Charlie Kirk, Kim Klacik, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, Sean Parnell, Andrew Pollack, Donald Trump, Jr. and Tanya Weinreis.…2020-08-10T23:07:08Z


The Schedule

Tonight’s schedule includes the following speakers, who will speak at some point during the evening. An exact time is not available. President Donald Trump is expected to speak at one point every night during the convention.

  • Senator Tim Scott (R-SC)
  • House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (LA-01)
  • Representative Matt Gaetz (FL-01)
  • Representative Jim Jordan (OH-04)
  • Former Ambassador Nikki Haley
  • Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel
  • Georgia State Representative Vernon Jones
  • Amy Johnson Ford
  • Kimberly Guilfoyle
  • Natalie Harp
  • Charlie Kirk
  • Kim Klacik
  • Mark and Patricia McCloskey
  • Sean Parnell
  • Andrew Pollack
  • Donald Trump, Jr.
  • Tanya Weinreis

Tonight’s theme is “Land of Promise.”

The Republican National Convention is scheduled to run in the same time slots on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. First Lady Melania Trump is scheduled to speak on Tuesday, along with Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump. Vice President Mike Pence and Second Lady Karen Pence are scheduled for Wednesday night.

Thursday is the final day of the convention, culminating in a speech by Trump as he officially accepts his nomination.

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