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Networks Plan Sandy Anniversary Coverage

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News networks are planning special coverage ahead of the one-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. The storm made landfall Oct. 29, 2012.

NBC

Brian Williams will join David Gregory on Sunday’s “Meet the Press.” On the “Today” show, Matt Lauer reports from the  Rockaways area of New York City and Al Roker will be live along the Jersey Shore. Williams will anchor “Nightly News” Tuesday from Breezy Point in Queens, much of which burned to the ground on the night of Oct. 29. Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Stephanie Gosk, Katy Tur and Dylan Dryer will all contribute reporting for NBC News.

ABC

Amy Robach will report from Breezy Point and Ginger Zee will be at the Jersey Shore for all ABC News programs and platforms. David Muir, Aaron Katersky and Dan Kloeffler will contribute reports as well.

CBS

A spokesperson says the network will cover the anniversary “within our regularly scheduled news broadcasts.”

FNC

FNC senior correspondent Rick Leventhal will report from several New Jersey towns, providing updates on the rebuilding process. Additionally, “Special Report with Bret Baier” will provide coverage Monday and Tuesday looking back on the devastation and its aftermath.

FBN

Elizabeth MacDonald will host “Sandy: One Year Later,” a day-long, special on Monday. MacDonald will be live from Belle Harbor, NY to explore what homeowners are facing a year after the disastrous storm.

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How Dan Rather Changed Hurricane Coverage

Most Americans know Dan Rather as an anchor at CBS News, or in his current role at AXS TV (formerly HDNet). What many people may not know, however, is that Rather was the originator of what is now a ubiquitous part of hurricane coverage: superimposing radar of the storm over a map.

Rather, who was a local reporter in Texas, jerry-rigged the graphic while covering Hurricane Carla near Galveston in 1961. He told us all about it when we interviewed him for the mediabistroTV series “My First Big Break.”

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With Markets Closed, Business Networks Shift to Hurricane Coverage

The three business networks have turned their focus to severe weather coverage today as Hurricane Sandy forced the close of the stock markets. Bloomberg TV, Fox Business and CNBC have all set special coverage plans for today that focus on the economic impact of the storm, expected to make landfall later today.

Bloomberg TV will shift into special Hurricane Sandy coverage at 1pmET, which is when the storm’s intensity is supposed to increase on the East Coast. Stephanie Ruhle and Erik Schatzker anchor the 1pmET hour, Betty Liu anchors the 2pmET hour and Trish Regan and Adam Johnson anchor from 3-6pmET. Meteorologist Bonnie Schneider is handling weather forecasts.

Fox Business broadcast a special report in place of “Imus in the Morning” this morning, anchored by Dagen McDowell and Connell McShane. FBN’s Robert Gray is in Battery Park and Sandra Smith is at the CME throughout the day. Neil Cavuto will host primetime coverage of the storm tonight beginning at 7pmET.

CNBC will have regular programming until 7pmET. The network is replacing “The Kudlow Report” with a live two-hour special report anchored by Bill Griffeth and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

MSNBC Sticks With Primetime Lineup, Going Live Overnight

MSNBC will stick with its normal primetime lineup of “The Ed Show,” Rachel Maddow and “The Last Word” tonight, and will add live overnight coverage from 11 PM to 5 AM, primarily anchored by Chris Jansing. MSNBC will be taking advantage of its network news and Weather Channel siblings to provide coverage. “Way Too Early” will pick up coverage at 5:30 AM.

“We’ll be using the extraordinary resources of the NBC News Group including our friends with NBC News and the Weather Channel to help with our coverage,” said a network statement.

O’Donnell quipped about his hurricane coverage on Twitter earlier:

 

Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett To Report Live In Primetime For CNN

CNN will be keeping its usual primetime lineup on tonight to cover Sandy, and will be live until the worst of the storm passes, whenever that may be. Anchors Anderson Cooper and Erin Burnett will be reporting in the field tonight across primetime. CNN International will be simulcasting CNN/U.S. from 11AM-2PM and again starting at 4 PM.

The list of correspondents in the field for CNN is after the jump.

Update: HLN is blowing up its primetime lineup to provide hurricane coverage. Those details are also after the jump.
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Fox News Blows Up Primetime Tonight To Focus On Hurricane Sandy

Fox News Channel is blowing up its primetime programming to provide coverage of Hurricane Sandy’s landfall. “Hannity” will air as normal at 9 PM, but every other program is affected by the changes. There will be live coverage going through tomorrow morning, where “Fox & Friends” will pick things up.

Tonight’s lineup:

“Fox Report” 7-9pm
“Hannity” 9pm
“On the Record” 10-midnight
America’s News Headquarters special coverage of Monster Storm,” co-anchored by Gregg Jarrett and Heather Childers midnight to 4am
“Fox and Friends First” will begin again at 4am tomorrow
“Fox and Friends” 6-9am

After the jump, an update on where some of FNC’s correspondents are.

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Hurricane Sandy Coverage Plans

TV news organizations are gearing up for covering Sandy. There is still lots of uncertainty  but here is what we know so far. We will update this story as we get more information.

Cable:

The Weather Channel not surprisingly, has a slew of coverage planned. “Wake Up With Al” will air this weekend starting at 5:30 AM, and 5 AM starting next week.

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Ready or Not, Here Comes Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy continues to move northward, and is projected to slam into the eastern seaboard on Monday or Tuesday of next week. Networks are beginning to plan for coverage (more on that later) but there are still lots of uncertainties.

“This is something that we have never really seen,” The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore tells TVNewser. “We have never seen a tropical system this late in the season come up and take a left hook and morph into a Nor’easter/hurricane combination, which is what the models are suggesting.”

For TV news crews, planning is key, but when you don’t know where landfall will be, logistics become a problem.

“The challenge for us is to get there before the storm. Period,” Cantore says. “I expect a lot of deployment tomorrow from the Weather Channel teams.

Maybe a little fine-tuning on Sunday for us to get there beforehand, to have all of our ducks in a row, and to be ready for three days of non-stop coverage of this thing.”

Safety is paramount when covering a storm like Sandy. The hurricane has already killed 29 people across the Caribbean.

“You don’t take unnecessary risks,” NBC and Weather Channel anchor Al Roker tells us. “You don’t do anything that is going to put you or your crew in danger, and you take best practices. Nobody wants do die covering a hurricane. At least nobody I know.”

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Ratings Notes: On Day Two Of Hurricane Isaac’s Landfall, Fox News Claims Top Spot

Yesterday Hurricane Isaac swept through Louisiana, Missisisppi and other parts of the southeastern U.S., and people were still tuning in to TV get their weather fix Wednesday, even with the RNC going on.

Fox News, which has been dominant in the ratings during the RNC, was number one in total day and primetime, in both total viewers and the adults 25-54. While the bulk of FNC’s coverage was focused on the RNC, it had extensive reports on Hurricane Isaac, most notbaly from Shepard Smith, who was in New Orleans and Mississippi yesterday. During Smith’s hours at 3 and 7 PM–when his coverage was focused on Isaac and not the RNC–FNC handily topped every other network in total viewers, including Weather Channel.

The Weather Channel, which always sees strong ratings growth whenever there is severe weather events, placed number two in total viewers and the demo in total day, and was third in total viewers and second in the demo in primetime. Yesterday Weather was number two across the board, except fore the demo in total day, when it topped all of the cable news channels.

The numbers:

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No Satellite, No Problem For Univision As It Covers Hurricane Isaac

Among the many challenges of covering a hurricane like Isaac for TV news organizations: You can’t just set up your satellite truck as you would for normal shoots. Indeed, as Univision’s Ricardo Arambarri explains below (via Univision’s English-language blog), reporters have to rely on unusual–and more compact–technology.

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