Looks Like Trump Test-Launched TV Network During Final Debate
The final debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may have helped pave the way for Trump TV – a new alternative media network rumored to be in the works as a plan B for the candidate should he lose the election next month.
Just before the debate began, Trump’s official Facebook Page live-streamed pre-debate coverage , complete with appearances by former Arizona Governor Jan Brewer and retired Lieutenant General Michael Flynn, and a message by Ivanka Trump.
On Twitter, Trump advertised the Trump TV debate coverage, saying: ““If you’re tired of biased, mainstream media reporting (otherwise known as Crooked Hillary’s super PAC), tune into my Facebook Live broadcast. Starts at 8:30 EST/5:30 PST — you won’t want to miss it. Enjoy!”
When the Trump TV live-stream began, 200,000 viewers were watching; however this audience plummeted to only 120,000 soon after the debate coverage commenced.
Is this a Trump TV preview: pic.twitter.com/8U55CGk9Ay
— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) October 20, 2016
Recently media reports have surfaced concerning how Trump plans to capitalize and monetize the 14.8 million voters that helped him win in the GOP primaries via a television network.
Aryeh Bourkoff, chief executive with LionTree Advisors, told the press they were approached by Jared Kushner (Trump’s son-in-law) for talks to create a Trump TV networks after the presidential election.
Back in June of this year, journalist Sarah Ellison reported that Trump was “considering creating his own media business, built on the audience that has supported him thus far in his bid to become the next president of the United States.”
Discussions have surrounded “launching a mini-media conglomerate outside of his existing TV-production business, Trump Productions LLC.”
Ellison also reported that Trump “has become irked by his ability to create revenue for other media organizations without being able to take a cut himself. Such a situation ‘brings him to the conclusion that he has the business acumen and the ratings for his own network.’”
This scheme could work considering that Trump’s base would be dissatisfied should he lose the election next month. Disgruntled voters are being led off to the prospect of a new alt-right conspiracy-minded network.
Steve Bannon, former CEO for Breitbart News and current campaign CEO for Trump told CNN that “Trump is an entrepreneur” when asked if Trump is looking to start a TV network after the election.