A town hall to discuss the recent shootings that have heightened racial tensions across the country is set to be simulcast Thursday on Disney Media Networks outlets, with a number of other special programs also on tap.
“The President and the People: A National Conversation” will air commercial-free July 14, 8-9 p.m. ET, on ABC, ESPN, Freeform, ABC News Digital, Freeform Digital, Watch ABC, WatchESPN, Yahoo, ABC News’ Facebook page and YouTube channel and ABC Radio.
Produced by ABC News, the event will feature President Obama, with “World News Tonight” anchor David Muir moderating in Washington, joined by Jemele Hill, ESPN commentator and co-host of ESPN2’s “His and Hers.”
The event will also include people whose lives have been directly affected by recent events in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas.
Disney Media Networks also announce plance for a special edition of ABC’s “Nightline” Thursday night, anchored by Byron Pitts in Washington.
“This week ‘Nightline’ is airing a five-part series, ‘America in Black and White,’ covering in-depth the wide-ranging issues of race relations in America and gun violence, including a unique look at traffic stops from the perspective of officers and civilians, gun safety for civilians, law enforcement training, and more,” the company announced. “The week wraps up on Friday, July 15, with a full show dedicated to Chief Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas’ report on the epidemic of gun violence and fatalities in America.”
The announcement adds: “After the town hall on Thursday, ABC News’ Senior Legal Correspondent and Analyst Sunny Hostin and ESPN’s Lonnae O’Neal, senior writer for The Undefeated, will continue the conversation with members of the town hall audience for a digital live stream. ABC News will have ongoing coverage across all digital platforms on desktop, mobile & OTT, including reaction from viewers online and from social media. On Friday ABCNews.com will offer viewers a front row, 360-degree view of the town hall with a series of special virtual reality videos.”
Multi-platform reporter Karen Travers will report from the town hall for ABC Radio.