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CBS Announces Inauguration Plans

CBS News has announced their coverage plans for Inauguration Day on January 20. Katie Couric anchors the broadcast from 10am-5pmET.

Some notes:

• Couric anchors a live, one-hour primetime special, “Change and Challenge” at 9pmET and a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com at 10pmET.

• The Early Show will originate from D.C. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the week.

• The CBS Evening News originates from D.C. on Monday and Tuesday.

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Katie Couric will anchor THE INAUGURATION OF THE 44TH PRESIDENT, CBS News’ live, comprehensive broadcast and online coverage of Inauguration Day, on Tuesday, January 20 (10:00 AM-5:00 PM, ET), which includes coverage of all ceremonies that day, as well as key interviews and analysis from the CBS News Inauguration Team. Couric will also anchor a live, one-hour primetime special, CHANGE AND CHALLENGE: THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), and a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com at 10:00 PM, ET.

Joining Couric in Washington, D.C. will be Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Chip Reid, CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes and CBS News Correspondents Sharyl Attkisson, Jim Axelrod, Jeff Glor, Russ Mitchell, Bob Orr, Byron Pitts and Bill Plante. EARLY SHOW Anchors Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez will contribute to the special coverage. CBS News Political Analysts Dan Bartlett and Dee Dee Myers, CBS News Historian Doug Brinkley and CBS News special contributor Peggy Noonan will contribute from Washington, D.C.

CBS News kicks off coverage on Sunday, January 18 with a special edition of FACE THE NATION with Bob Schieffer. The CBS EVENING NEWS WITH KATIE COURIC will originate from Washington, D.C. on Monday (19) and Tuesday (20) and THE EARLY SHOW will originate from Washington, D.C. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (21).

Anchored by Couric, CHANGE AND CHALLENGE: THE INAUGURATION OF BARACK OBAMA (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT), is a one-hour primetime special tracing Barack Obama’s journey to the White House. Featuring exclusive interviews with friends and family, the broadcast takes an intimate look at the life of Barack Obama – the man and the President. The broadcast will also look back at some of the most iconic images from the civil rights movement, gaining insights about the journey to the inauguration of the first black President of the United States. Reports from behind the scenes will highlight the activities throughout the historic day, as well as stories of everyday Americans who have traveled to be a part of the momentous occasion.

Couric’s Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com will be live at 10:00 PM, ET, immediately following CBS News’ primetime special. The Webcast includes interviews, special guests, and extended analysis from CBS News correspondents and contributors, as well as live response to viewer questions submitted online before and during the webcast. The Webcast will remain available for on-demand viewing at CBSNews.com, CNETTV.com and CBS Mobile News and will be distributed to CBS Audience Network partners and fed to the CBS Television Stations, as well as CBS Radio News affiliates for insertion into their own programming or for podcasting.

CBSNews.com is launching this week a new, comprehensive Inauguration site chronicling the preparations leading up to Inauguration Day, Obama’s historic journey to the White House and what lies ahead for the President Elect. CBSNews.com’s Inauguration site will also provide complete coverage of the day’s events with special reports, interviews and photos and videos from a variety of sources, including citizen journalists offering their unique viewpoints. CBSNews.com will simulcast all CBS News broadcast coverage throughout the day, as well as the primetime special.

The broadcast coverage will integrate video submissions from CBS EyeMobile users, enabling spectators at the historic event to report their experiences first-hand. Citizen reporters can share their vantage point on the Obama inauguration, and that coverage will be part of the CBS News broadcast, online and on mobile presentation. Clips and highlights of the inauguration coverage are available on carrier video services such as Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, as well as on the mobile site at CBSNews.com.

CBS Radio News will provide live extensive anchored coverage on Tuesday (20) from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM ET, as well as special reports throughout the day and a wrap-up of events at 8:10 PM, ET. Radio will simulcast and podcast the Couric primetime special at 9:00 PM ET. The coverage includes reports from Correspondents Peter Maer, Bob Fuss, Mark Knoller, Barry Bagnato, Howard Arenstein, Steve Kathan and Tom Foty; WCBS Radio Reporter Rich Lamb: and historians and experts from around the country. In addition, on Monday (19) CBS Radio News will air a special one-hour report on Martin Luther King Jr. Day that will include the celebration, events and a look ahead to the historic inauguration. The special report will be available to CBS stations for webcasting and podcasting.

Rick Kaplan is the executive producer of CBS News Inauguration coverage. Susan Zirinsky is the executive producer of CBS News’ primetime special. Paul Friedman is Senior Vice President, News Coverage, CBS News.

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