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09-11-06

9/11/06: Morning Show

am91106.jpg > Matt Lauer on Today: “On many ways, our innocence was lost that day…”

> On NBC, Lauer anchored from Ground Zero and Ann Curry was at Rockefeller Center. Natalie Morales was in Shanksville, Lester Holt was at the Pentagon, and Campbell Brown and David Gregory were at Ground Zero…

> On ABC, Diane Sawyer and Robin Roberts hosted GMA from St. Paul’s Chapel in lower Manhattan…

> Harry Smith on the Early Show: “Five years seems like a long time. But it’s hard to believe it’s been that long since those fateful attacks have turned this area behind me into a pile of rubble, smoke and death…”

> On CBS, Smith was at Ground Zero, Hannah Storm was at the State Department, Rene Syler was in Times Square, and Dave Price was in London…

9/11/06: Real-Time Rebroadcasts

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All the cable news nets are providing viewers with access to as-it-happened coverage of 9/11/01. MSNBC started rebroadcasting The Today Show’s coverage in real-time at 8:53am. Chris Matthews called it an “MSNBC living history event.”

CNN.com and FOXNews.com are providing streaming video of the original broadcasts. (Aaron Brown anchored on CNN. David Asman and Eric Shawn anchored on FNC.)

> Update: 10:42am: “MSNBC.com also has the original NBC news coverage from 9/11/01 available as a free live stream on its home page,” an e-mailer notes.

> Update: 10:47am: “Similtaneously watching Aaron Brown (Pipeline) & Katie Coric (MSNBC)’s 2001 coverage: makes one wonder if Brown woldn’t have been a better choice for CBS anchor. Katie’s prattle was innane. When the 2nd tower collapsed: Katie chattered ridiculously; a choked-up Brown said simply, ‘There are no words.’”

9/11/06: “As It Happened” On Pipeline

This Sept. 11, the fourth pipe of CNN Pipeline will replay CNN’s coverage from the day the terrorist attacks occurred. “Offered free on Monday, the coverage begins at 8:30 a.m. (ET), minutes before the first news reports of a plane hitting the World Trade Center in New York City,” the press release says…

> Update: 4:39pm: Here’s an AP story…

9/11: Aaron Brown’s Voice On Big Screen

brownaug7.jpg“Hollywood is looking back to Aaron Brown‘s take” on Sept. 11, 2001, Monday’s WP Reliable Source notes. The former CNN anchor “now finds himself in the odd role of tragedy’s touchstone.”

“Both ‘United 93′ and Oliver Stone’s new ‘World Trade Center,’ opening Wednesday, borrow the same clip of the veteran newsman announcing the strike on the Pentagon (‘Associated Press is reporting . . . it was a plane that crashed at the Pentagon’). The Stone film returns twice more to Brown, whose distinctively sharp voice acts as something of a Greek chorus guiding audiences through subsequent events (the towers’ collapse, the recovery efforts). It’s unknown if he’ll cameo in next year’s 9/11 film, ’102 Minutes.’” More…

9/11/06: CBS Announces Plans, Including Couric Primetime Special

CBS News has announced extensive coverage plans for the fifth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

The coverage will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 6, the day after Katie Couric‘s CBS debut, with a primetime special titled “Five Years Later — How Safe Are We?” It’s hosted by Couric, EP’ed by Susan Zirinsky, and scheduled for 10pm. The Early Show and the CBS Evening News will also begin anniversary coverage that day. Other notes:

> Face the Nation, CBS News Sunday Morning, and 60 Minutes will provide coverage on 9/10.

> Harry Smith will anchor The Early Show from Ground Zero on 9/11.

> Couric will anchor the CBS Evening News from there, too. (Lara Logan will report from Afghanistan.)

> CBSNews.com will provide a live webcast of all 9/11 commemorative events.

> “A CBS News/New York Times poll will be conducted to determine how Americans feel about the state of national security and other related issues five years later.”

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