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ABC Plans Primetime Special on Chile Mine Rescue

As the cable news channels continue rolling coverage of the Chile mine rescue, (so far 18 of 33 pulled out) ABC News has announced it will produce a primetime special tonight at 10pmET/PT about the rescue operation.

“20/20: Miracle at the Mine,” will be anchored by Diane Sawyer, and will feature the most up-to-date reporting from Bill Weir, John Quinones on what the miners went through for the 69 days underground and Jeffrey Kofman on the engineering that went into the rescue. Dr. Richard Besser will also discuss the health and psychological concerns of the miners.

A special edition of “Nightline” at 11:30 PM will continue with the coverage of the rescue.

The ABC “20/20″ special will be replacing an episode of legal drama “The Whole Truth.”

So will the other broadcast networks follow suit?

Spokespeople for CBS News and NBC News say those networks do not have plans to run specials tonight.

Even if they don’t do them tonight, there is a good possibility that there could be other primetime specials on tap for later this week.

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