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Election Night - November 6, 2012
New York City’s Times Square became an international center for election coverage as thousands of spectators from around the world, as well as local, national and international media, converged to watch the results of the presidential election, Tuesday, November 6, 2012. Live election coverage was broadcasted on the giant screens throughout Times Square.
Among the national news organizations that reported from Times Square is CNN Worldwide, who offered visitors to the Crossroads of the World a special interactive election experience as they watched election results on enormous high-definition television screens including ClearChannel's Spectacolor HD. CNN hosted a viewing party on Duffy Square and invited political followers to participate in the climax of this election season.
Additionally, ABC News broadcasted their election coverage on their giant screen across from Military Island. FOX Business Network hosted a viewing party and did a live telecast from NASDAQ studios in Times Square. AP TV & NBC also broadcasted from the plaza on 48th Street, along with other international outlets.
Election Night - November 4, 2008
CNN and FOX Business Network hosted viewing parties with live election results as the evening went on. ABC News broadcasted their election coverage on four giant screens in the area: the ABC Super Sign, Reuters, NASDAQ and Hard Rock Cafe screens. Comedy Central’s “Indecision 2008: America's Choice,” co-anchored by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert, was simulcasted on MTV's 44-1/2 screen in the heart of Times Square on Broadway between West 44th Street and West 45th Street. BBC, ASHI Japan, ZDF Germany and Dutch television also be broadcasted from Times Square.
History of Election Nights in Times Square
Times Square has been the gathering point for New Yorkers on Election Days going back to 1904. In each case, Times Square presents the diversity, and at times disorder, of American culture and politics. On Election Day 1904, the same year The New York Times opened its headquarters in midtown and renamed the Broadway-7th Avenue intersection after itself, it held a pre-TV, pre-radio version of a viewing party. The presidential race was between Theodore Roosevelt and Alton Parker, both New Yorkers, and The Times said that once the ballots came in it would flash searchlights from the top of 1 Times Square to announce the result to the city: a light pointing west if Roosevelt won and east if it was Parker. And in 1936, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was reelected in a historic landslide, as thousands crowded Times Square in the middle of the nation’s greatest economic downturn to cheer the result.
Photo credits: Damian Santucci for Times Square Alliance.