The COVID-19 Pandemic is Forcing Networks to Reinvent TV Election Coverage

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In the 72 years that television has covered national elections, there has been one constant on the screen — wall-to-wall people.

Jammed nominating convention halls and flesh-pressing rallies are the signature images of every presidential campaign. Election night — the Super Bowl for TV news organizations — is a marathon vote-counting jam session where anchors, reporters and commentators flow through the studios into the wee hours of the following morning.

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