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Donald Trump may be getting a TV network

David Brancaccio Oct 17, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Hindu Coalition's Humanity United Against Terror charity event on Saturday.
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An agent for Donald Trump has reportedly met with a financier on setting up a TV network.

The Financial Times says Trump’s son-in-law and campaign adviser, Jared Kushner, spoke about the idea of a Trump TV network as late as August with the New York investment banker Aryeh Bourkoff. Bourkoff is the founder of LionTree, a bank that does media deal financing.

James Fontanella-Khan, one of the FT reporters who broke the story, joined us to chat about Trump’s future in television. 

On current plans for the network: 

They spoke about setting up a…Trump TV channel. It was a very preliminary conversation — nothing is going on at the moment. But it’s a clear indication that Trump and his family are trying to capitalize on the movement that he’s created in the last year and a half.  

On taking advantage of his momentum:

It kind of shows you that they are very concerned about actually winning. But at the same time they don’t want to lose the platform that he’s built, which is a kind of populist — some would say right-wing — movement that has appetite for greater representation, which they at the moment think the mainstream media isn’t giving them.

Click the above audio player to hear the full interview. 

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