Republican National Convention Day 2: What time, what channel; live stream; who is speaking tonight

Day 1 of the Republican National Convention was not short on drama, as those attending and a large TV audience saw a floor fight over voting, speeches from the likes of Rudy Giuliani and Sen. Joni Ernst, and controversy over the speech given by Melania Trump.

The second night could be more of the same with the delegates set to formally nominate Trump as the GOP presidential candidate. Those who lead the unsuccessful fight to force a roll-call vote on the convention rules have threaten to try again Tuesday as the nomination process gets under way

If you want to tune in, it's on TV, and it's online. Here's a guide to the coverage. 

When is it?

It continues Tuesday and ends Thursday after Donald Trump gives his acceptance speech.

Where is it?

The convention is being held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Quicken Loans Arena.

What time is it on?

The convention starts at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday; the main speakers will be seen in primetime (probably starting at 8 p.m. ET following the nomination process).

What channel is it on?   

If you are looking for gavel-to-gavel TV coverage, C-SPAN is the place you probably want to be. According to the network, they will began coverage at 11 a.m. and will have a daily wrap-up of the afternoon activities at 4:30 p.m. ET. They also plan to have a pre-primetime convention show at 7 p.m. ET each night.

What about TV?

For the cable channels:

MSNBC will have 20 hours of daily, live reporting from the RNC. 

RNC-TV is an offering by some cable and satellite providers.  The channel will present all-day coverage of the convention. Ask your cable/satellite provider if they are offering it. It will be called either “RNC” or “RNCTV.” 

CNN is broadcasting from the convention center with 24 hours of live programing. At 9 p.m. ET,  “America’s Choice 2016,” will focus on those speaking in primetime. Look for CNN’s digital coverage, too, with CNNgo, Snapchat coverage, and CNNVR.

Fox News is broadcasting from the convention with coverage throughout the day. It’s primetime coverage begins at 7 p.m. and closes out the day with a 2-hour “Hannity” beginning at 11 p.m. ET each night.

The Networks:

The three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS, will host an hour of coverage during the convention’s primetime.

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

ABC News — “Your Voice Your Vote” from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

NBC News — Primetime coverage from 10 to 11 p.m. ET

Can I keep up online?

You can watch it on our site, here. Also, you can download the official RNC app,  provided by Google. The live stream will get you a 360-degree view of the Quicken Loans Arena. Plus other extras like bios and a list of speakers. Twitter will be live streaming with CBS News to stream CBSN's coverage of the RNC. 

YouTube is offering a live stream, click here to see it.  

FOX News and C-Span are also live streaming, via Facebook. According to, Facebook has invited 22 companies to use their lounge to broadcast live video of the RNC.    


Tonight’s theme is “Make America Work Again.” Chris Christie along with two of Trump’s children, Donald Jr. and Tiffany, are among the speakers tonight.

Here’s a full list of people scheduled to speak on Tuesday night.

  • Sharon Day, co-chair of the Republican National Committee
  • Dana White, president, Ultimate  Fighting Championship
  • Governor Asa Hutchison, governor of Arkansas
  • Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas attorney general
  • Michael B. Mukasey, former attorney general
  • Andy Wist, businessman
  • U.S. Senator Ron Johnson 
  • Chris Cox, Executive Director of NRA Institute for Legislative Action
  • Natalie Gulbis, Golfer, LPGA
  • U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell  
  • U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan 
  • U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy 
  • Gov. Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey
  • Tiffany Trump, daughter of Donald Trump
  • Kerry Woolard, general manager, Trump Winery
  • Donald Trump, Jr., son of Donald Trump and executive vice president, The Trump Organization
  • U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-West Virginia)
  • Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon
  • Kimberlin Brown, actor

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