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Who Needs Networks? Democrats To Stream DNC, Kal Penn To Host Web Show

The Democratic National Committee says it will be live-streaming all of the speeches from the Democratic National Convention here in Charlotte, North Carolina this week on the DNC website. While that isn’t very unusual, the DNC is also taking it one step further, producing its own web programming Thursday evening starting at 8 PM ET, hosted by actor (and former White House staffer) Kal Penn.

The special program will “feature celebrity guests and political experts” according to an ad in a DNC newsletter. Among the celebrities that will appear on the DNC special: actor Zach Braff, actress Fran Drescher and singer Marc Anthony.

Following President Obama’s speech Thursday, there will be a “political roundtable” of analysts to dissect the address… likely not very critically, considering who is putting on the show.

The web show puts the DNC in direct competition with the broadcast and cable news divisions, many of which are streaming the DNC live on their sites, and producing web shows of their own, with far less “star power” than the DNC.

TV, of course remains king.

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