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NBC News Putting Election Coverage on Its Streaming Platform

Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker will be anchoring its coverage in a “Meet the Press: Election Night Special” on NBC News Now

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Although 2021 isn’t a significant election year, there’s plenty of gubernatorial, state-level, and local mayoral elections taking place across the United States on November 2nd. NBC News will be experimenting with its streaming platform to provide coverage of these elections. 

The network announced that Chuck Todd and Kristen Welker will be anchoring its coverage in a “Meet the Press: Election Night Special” on NBC News Now beginning at 9 p.m. ET. 

“We are doing an Election Night for people that really care about Election Night, that really care about why this person is winning, what’s going on here,” Todd said in an interview. “I do think we can be ‘niche-ier,’ if you will, with an experience that we can really work out on.”

Todd and Welker will be providing the latest on New Jersey’s gubernatorial race between Democratic incumbent Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli. 

The show also covers local mayoral races in New York City, Boston, and Minneapolis; the contentious school board elections in Southlake, Texas; and more. 

Todd and Welker will be joined by colleagues Andrea Mitchell, Joshua Johnson, and other NBC News journalists.

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Saga Communications Names Matt Burgoyne Director of Innovation and Growth

Burgoyne joins the company after co-founding the innovative media sales platform Rumple.

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Saga Communications has announced Matt Burgoyne as its new Director of Innovation and Growth.

Burgoyne joins the company after co-founding the innovative media sales platform Rumple.

“I am privileged to be a part of the Saga team, Saga Communications is full of talented leaders, a vision for where it is going, financially strong and nimble enough to make it happen,” Burgoyne said.

“We are on a quest to acquire the very best people at their craft, give them, the responsibility, the accountability, the support, and the authority to help Saga and its markets to innovate and grow,” added Saga President and CEO Chris Forgy.

“Matt Burgoyne is the most recent example of that, and we are delighted to welcome him into the Saga family as the new Director of Innovation and Growth. Matt will provide the expertise and training necessary for our sellers to grow not only in our core competencies but also to complete the circle of traditional media and digital for our customers in all our Saga markets.”

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Saga Communications Names Matt Burgoyne Director of Innovation and Growth

Burgoyne joins the company after co-founding the innovative media sales platform Rumple.

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Saga Communications has announced Matt Burgoyne as its new Director of Innovation and Growth.

Burgoyne joins the company after co-founding the innovative media sales platform Rumple.

“I am privileged to be a part of the Saga team, Saga Communications is full of talented leaders, a vision for where it is going, financially strong and nimble enough to make it happen,” Burgoyne said.

“We are on a quest to acquire the very best people at their craft, give them, the responsibility, the accountability, the support, and the authority to help Saga and its markets to innovate and grow,” added Saga President and CEO Chris Forgy.

“Matt Burgoyne is the most recent example of that, and we are delighted to welcome him into the Saga family as the new Director of Innovation and Growth. Matt will provide the expertise and training necessary for our sellers to grow not only in our core competencies but also to complete the circle of traditional media and digital for our customers in all our Saga markets.”

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2024 Political Ad Spend Could Reach Record $12 Billion

“I used to joke that brands spent more money marketing hamburgers than politicians spent campaigning to run a nation, but that’s no longer the case.”

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During Stagwell’s “Political Media Days” summit, the omnichannel media agency Assembly shared its bold forecast for the 2024 election cycle ad market, predicting an unprecedented surge to reach $12 billion.

Assembly made history in 2020 with the largest single media buy ever during the Mike Bloomberg for President Campaign. Looking ahead to the 2024 cycle, the agency anticipates political ad purchases to spread across a broader range of online and offline channels, as the political landscape undergoes a significant transformation due to the digital marketing revolution.

The main objective of Stagwell’s summit was to inform brands and local and national candidates about the diverse political media opportunities they should consider for the upcoming election cycle.

“Fully integrated campaigns remain elusive for many political players in this fragmented media landscape,” Assembly Director of Political Strategy Tyler Goldberg said.

Presenters from media entities such as iHeartMedia, Urban One, Nexstar, TelevisaUnivision, Axios, and Politico participated in the event. Key topics of discussion included the necessity of reaching often overlooked audiences, building trust with a skeptical public, and effectively utilizing multiple mediums to cater to consumers with diverse spending habits, information sources, and personal beliefs.

“I used to joke that brands spent more money marketing hamburgers than politicians spent campaigning to run a nation, but that’s no longer the case,” Stagwell Chairman and CEO Mark Penn says.

One crucial takeaway from the summit emphasized the continued importance of traditional broadcast media, which remains a primary and scalable option with reliable data. The summit also stressed the significance of creative targeting to reach underserved audiences.

To appeal to swing voters, presenters recommended utilizing more centrist and local news media. Additionally, it was advised to start early and focus on voter education rather than relying solely on “Get Out The Vote” efforts at the end of the election cycle.

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