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

It seems to have been a long road to Cleveland for Republicans. If nothing else, it has certainly been unusual.

The Republican National Convention begins today in Cleveland, and, if things go as planned, will end with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee for president.  

Each day has a different theme, and tonight's is “Make America Safe Again.” More than two dozen speakers are scheduled to appear on the convention's first night, including Melania Trump, Donald Trump's wife. 

It's on TV, and it's online. Here's a guide to the coverage. 

When is it?

It starts Monday 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.

Who will be there?

The convention will host approximately 2,470 delegates and 2,302 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories. In addition, there will be 50,000 visitors -- about a quarter of those will be members of the media.

What time is it on?

The convention starts at 1 p.m. each afternoon, but the main speakers will be seen in primetime (starting at 8 p.m. ET).

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.    


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

Lt. Gen. (ret.) Michael Flynn, Sen. Joni Ernst, Jason Beardsley, and Rep. Ryan Zinke, 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.

Melania Trump, the wife of presumptive nominee Donald Trump, will speak Monday night, the traditional night for the presumptive nominee’s spouse to speak.

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