ABC News has ended its Democratic debate in Iowa, following a series of controversies that led to a near shutdown of the show.
The network said it will not air the debate on Dec. 19 because of the controversy surrounding the moderators.ABC News Chief Executive Mark Scott said in a statement that the network will be airing the debate in the evening, but it will no longer be livestreamed.
“We have decided to not broadcast the debate tonight due to the concerns surrounding the political tone of the debate,” Scott said.
The ABC was among the networks that opted not to air the 2016 presidential election coverage due to questions about the integrity of the vote count.
Scott said on Tuesday that he was aware of the criticism.ABC, the most watched cable news network in the United States, had said it would air the ABC/ESPN debate in its entirety but would also stream the ABC-sponsored event, according to ABC News.
Scott said he was “disappointed” that the debate could not be broadcast, but the network has decided to broadcast the full debate online.
ABC News will be streaming the debate through the end of the night, and the network is not yet committed to making that live stream available to viewers.ABC did not say what its future plans are for the Democratic debate.ABC said the event is the culmination of three years of planning and production, including extensive research, production and editing.ABC’s debate was canceled after the Democratic National Committee, which is responsible for scheduling the event, said the network had failed to produce enough debates to air.