CNN has been reporting on holiday travel, which was snarled by a very large storm making its way across the country. Yesterday they put the three major transportation modes to the test, asking three correspondents to leave New York City at noon and make it to Washington, D.C. in time for “The Situation Room” at 5pmET. Lisa Desjardins took a train, Nic Robertson took a plane and Brian Todd drove. So who made it to D.C. first? Watch and find out:
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- Brian Williams will anchor “NBC Nightly News” from Boston tonight.
- “ABC World News with Diane Sawyer” will be expanded to an hour tonight. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from Boston.
- Scott Pelley will anchor “CBS Evening News” from Boston.
- Shepard Smith will anchor his two Fox News Channel programs, “Studio B” and “The Fox Report,” from Boston tonight. He will be joined by Bill Hemmer, who arrived in Boston last night and anchored “America’s Newsroom” from the crime scene this morning. Rick Leventhal will also report from Boston during the network’s normal primetime programming. Molly Line and Mike Tobin are also in Boston for the network.
- On CNN, Jake Tapper and Wolf Blitzer will host their afternoon shows from Boston. Anderson Cooper is also there and will anchor “AC360″ live at 8pmET and 10pmET. In place of re-airs, Erin Burnett will be live at 11pmET and Piers Morgan live at 12amET, both from New York. Chris Cuomo, John Berman, Sanjay Gupta, Don Lemon, Brooke Baldwin, Poppy Harlow, Brian Todd, Jason Carroll, Peter Hamby, Zain Asher, Gary Tuchman, Drew Griffin, Pamela Brown and Maria Santana are also in Boston for CNN.
- Fox Business Network’s Neil Cavuto will host his 8pmET show live for the rest of the week.
The cable news networks pivoted to breaking news in Massachusetts shortly after 3pmET Monday afternoon as two explosions went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
Fox News was the first cable news network to report the news at 3:06:18 p.m., followed just seconds later by CNN at 3:06:53 p.m. MSNBC reported the news at 3:08:45 p.m. All three cable news networks were several minutes minutes behind the first reports of the explosions on Twitter.
Fox News and CNN are relying on live pictures from Boston local stations. MSNBC has video from New England Cable News, which is owned and operated by NBC Universal.
> More: The broadcast networks also broke in with news of the explosions. CBS News was first at 3:10pmET, followed by ABC News and NBC News at 3:13 p.m. Scott Pelley is anchoring on CBS, Brian Williams on NBC and Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos on ABC.
> More: Matt Frucci, the incoming executive producer of CNN’s new morning show, is doing eyewitness reports from the scene for the network. Wolf Blitzer is anchoring. And on Fox News, Shepard Smith is talking with WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former network executive and daughter of Andy Rooney.
> More: Anderson Cooper is on his way to Boston and will anchor at 8pmET and 10pmET.
> More: Here’s affiliate video of one of the explosions, as seen on CNN:
So Nemo, is what we’re calling this? This storm will sound nothing like Ellen DeGeneres as a clownfish (oh wait, she was Dory). Anyway, maybe the Weather Channel can come up with more daunting names next year. Remember Snowpacalyse which hit three years this week? Also Snowmaggedon?
So, what are the networks planning? The Weather Channel had already blown out their reality shows in primetime last night with storm prep coverage. The news and business networks have reporters out in the field.
CNN is planning to be live overnight tonight and into Saturday covering the storm. Chad Myers and Jen Delgado will monitor the storm’s movement from the CNN Weather Center. Reporters and anchors including Jason Carroll, Susan Candiotti, Poppy Harlow, Ali Velshi, Ashleigh Banfield, Zain Asher, Alison Kosik, Mary Snow (appropriately), Gary Tuchman and Brian Todd will be out and about.
Brooke Baldwin anchors overnight coverage from balmy Atlanta. “This is when you know there’s a serious breaking news story,” said Baldwin during 2pmET coverage, “Look at all the pizza boxes at CNN.”
On Fox News, Anna Kooiman and Molly Lyon will report live. The storm has pushed the Saturday morning business block to the afternoon, from 2-4pmET. Kelly Wright and Jamie Colby will continue with live coverage from 10-Noon.
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.
CNN has announced a slew of assignments for network correspondents in advance of the Presidential election. The network will have anchors and reporters in every swing state, as well as some floaters that will travel to multiple states, and the correspondents embedded with the campaigns. The network is launching segments branded as “The Final Battlegrounds” starting on Monday.
“CNN is deploying its vast resources and top-notch reporters into the states that the campaigns are targeting as the election nears,” said Mark Whitaker, executive VP and managing editor of CNN Worldwide in a statement. “Our in-depth reporting and analysis will keep voters informed of the up-to-the-minute developments that will determine the outcome of this extraordinarily close presidential race.”
The correspondent assignments, after the jump.
Cooper will host “AC360″ from Oak Creek, WI, again tonight. On yesterday’s program, he sat down with the wife and son of Satwant Singh Kaleka, the Sikh Temple president who died in the shooting. Watch:
Erin Burnett and Anderson Cooper will both broadcast their shows live from Oak Creek, WI tonight, site of yesterday’s mass shooting at a Sikh temple. CNN’s David Mattingly, Brian Todd, Dan Simon, Poppy Harlow, Randi Kaye, Ted Rowlands and Mallika Kapur from Mumbai, India, are also covering.
As the media continues to cover the News Corp. hacking scandal, TVNewser continues to cover the coverage. Earlier, we showed you the results of a TVEyes search of Wednesday’s cable news coverage, while CNN did its own analysis of how Rupert Murdoch‘s properties are covering the story. Here’s the conclusion of CNN correspondent Brian Todd‘s segment with anchor Kyra Phillips during her show Wednesday.
As for the Fox News Channel coverage, Fox News stayed mainly silent on prime time on Thursday. That’s when it broke that Murdoch was shutting down News of the World. We found 7 mentions on the Fox News Channel over the last week, including one reported piece. We could not get spokespeople for News Corporation or Fox News Channel to comment on this. We do have to say, though, our colleagues in Britain tell us that Sky News, one of Murdoch’s other entities, was not holding back in its coverage and in our search of the mention on CNN, we should say, turns up 100 of them over the past week, so a fair question could be: is CNN maybe overcovering this. Kyra?
Fox News says, by their count, they’ve done more than 40 mentions/segments since the announcement of News of the World‘s shut down, until this afternoon. As for how the cable news networks reported today’s development that the FBI is now looking into whether News Corp. employees hacked the phones of 9/11 victims, here are the reporting times:
Things are getting chaotic in Pittsburgh on the eve of the G-20 summit. NBC’s Brian Williams, anchoring “Nightly News” from Pittsburgh, closed his show with, “On behalf of our protester with the bullhorn, have a good night.” CNN correspondent Brian Todd was hit with what’s believed to be either tear gas or pepper spray:
• The G-20 protester story, including Williams’ live intro, after the jump…
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