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Networks Plan Special Coverage of JFK Moment of Silence

The networks are planning special reports this afternoon marking the moment Pres. John F. Kennedy died, 50 years ago today. A moment of silence is planned for 1:30pmET, followed by the singing of “America the Beautiful” by the U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club. The network special reports will begin at 1:25pm.

Bob Schieffer, who was in Ft. Worth/Dallas 50 years ago today, will anchor the report for CBS News from Dallas. George Stephanopoulos anchors for ABC News with Cokie Roberts in New York and Byron Pitts in Dallas.

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC live from Dealey Plaza in Dallas, joined by Tom Brokaw in New York. NBC’s special report will begin with audio of the original 1963 news bulletin from Don Pardo, who is still with NBC as the announcer for “Saturday Night Live.” WATCH:

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‘I Have a Dream’ 50th Anniversary Commemoration Coverage Plans

As the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a dream speech” gets underway tomorrow morning, much of the ceremony will be covered live on cable news channels and streamed on news sites, while select portions will also be carried live on the broadcast networks. Here are the plans, so far:

CBS

Scott Pelley will lead CBS News’ live coverage. The Network’s coverage begins on “CBS This Morning” with extensive reports on the anniversary, including a live report from Pelley in Washington, D.C. Pelley will anchor CBS News’ live coverage of Pres. Obama’s remarks on Wednesday afternoon. He’ll be joined by CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, CBS News Correspondent Jeff Pegues from the National Mall, and presidential historian and CBS News Consultant Douglas Brinkley from Washington, D.C. Pelley will also anchor the Evening News” from Washington, D.C.

ABC

ABC News and Yahoo! News will host a first-ever live global broadcast to commemorate the speech. This hybrid digital-television event will be anchored by George Stephanopoulos along with Dan Kloeffler from ABC News World Headquarters in New York beginning at 11a.m. Cokie Roberts and Harvard Law Professor Charles Ogletree will provide insights and historical context from ABC News Headquarters in New York. Chief National Correspondent and Anchor Byron Pitts will lead the network’s coverage from the Lincoln Memorial. Linsey Davis will join him there. Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas will report from Washington. Senior National Correspondent Jim Avila will report from the White House. ABC is incorporating the hash tag #IMarchFor

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Cokie Roberts Remembers Her Mother, Former Congresswoman and Vatican Ambassador Lindy Boggs

Former Rep. Lindy Boggs, the mother of ABC’s Cokie Roberts, died today at her home in Chevy Chase, MD. She was 97. Boggs, who served nearly 18 years in Congress after succeeding her late husband, also served as ambassador to the Vatican from 1997-2001.

Roberts’ parents, who had met in college, were “political partners for decades,” says Roberts. Lindy Boggs ran the political campaigns of her husband, Thomas Hale Boggs Sr. She then won his seat in 1973 after he died in a plane crash in Alaska.

Boggs, who was born on a plantation near New Orleans, announced her retirement from Congress in 1990. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, her home on Bourbon Street was damaged, as was the Lindy Boggs Medical Center, which was named in her honor a year earlier.

Roberts calls her mother “a trailblazer for women and the disadvantaged.”

ABC’s Cokie Roberts Moderates First Ladies Panel in Africa

ABC’s Cokie Roberts moderated a discussion with First Lady Michelle Obama and former First Lady Laura Bush this morning in Africa. Politico’s Mike Allen, who is covering the event in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania says the event “looked like a first ladies’ edition of ‘The View.’”

ABC’s Jonathan Karl will interview George and Laura Bush who are in Africa for the George W. Bush Institute’s first annual African First Ladies Summit. CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with the Bushes. That interview aired on CNN last night.

ABC’s Jonathan Karl to Interview George and Laura Bush in Africa

ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will sit down with former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush during their trip to Africa. The sit-down is scheduled to happen tomorrow after President Bush and President Barack Obama attend a wreath-laying ceremony in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to honor the victims of the 1998 bombing at the U.S. Embassy.

Portions of the interview will air tomorrow on “World News with Diane Sawyer” and Wednesday on “Good Morning America.” The full extended interview will air Sunday on “This Week,” which Karl will anchor.

In addition to a joint appearance for Bush and Obama, Laura Bush and Michelle Obama will participate in a panel discussion tomorrow at the Bush Institute’s African First Ladies Summit moderated by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts.

>Update: CNN’s Robyn Curnow also sat down with George and Laura Bush. Watch the interview, which aired on “The Situation Room,” after the jump. Read more

Papal Conclave Coverage: Broadcast and Cable Networks

The conclave to elect the next Pope will begin Tuesday after morning mass. Here’s what the broadcast and cable networks have planned for coverage.

ABC’s Diane Sawyer will broadcast “World News” from the Vatican beginning this evening. Sawyer is joined in Rome by Terry Moran, Josh Elliott, David Wright, Cokie Roberts, Rob Claiborne and Cecilia Vega. The network plans to broadcast special reports for the cardinals’ twice-daily votes.

CBS’ Scott Pelley will also be live from Vatican City starting today. Norah O’Donnell and Charlie Rose will host “CBS This Morning” live from Vatican City, with CBS News correspondents Allen Pizzey and Mark Phillips contributing to coverage.

Chris Jansing and Lester Holt will lead coverage for NBC News and MSNBC from Rome.  Anne Thompson, Keir Simmons, Claudio Lavangna and George Weigel will also contribute to NBC-MSNBC coverage. Both networks will provide special reports for the cardinals votes. Jansing and Holt also led coverage of the last papal conclave in 2005, which Jansing talks about in a lengthy Q&A with Inside Cable News.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith will anchor from Rome. He will be joined by correspondents Amy Kellogg and Lauren Green to cover the conclave. Bryan Llenas will be reporting for Fox News Latino.

Chris Cuomo and Anderson Cooper will lead CNN’s coverage from Rome. Ben Wedeman, Miguel Marquez, Dan Rivers and Becky Anderson will report, along with CNN en Español’s Adriana Hauser and Jose Levy. CNN Vatican analyst John Allen will also contribute to coverage.

Pope Benedict Coverage: ABC News

With Pope Benedict XVI set to resign on Thursday, U.S. networks are beginning to plan for coverage of the unprecedented (at least in modern times) event.

George Stephanopoulos and Terry Moran will lead the network’s coverage of the Pope’s departure, anchoring “Good Morning America” from the Vatican on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as two special reports Thursday morning. Moran will anchor “Nightline” from Rome on Wednesday and Thursday, as well as contribute to the network’s coverage. David Wright, Ron Claiborne, Cokie Roberts and Christiane Amanpour will also report from the Vatican.

Wright covered the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of Benedict, while Roberts’ mother, Lindy Boggs, was the Ambassador to the Holy See from 1997-2001.

Diane Sawyer will lead the network’s coverage of the Conclave in March.
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Who’s Going to Rome to Cover the Pope?

Fox News’s Shepard Smith will soon be on his way to Rome, reporting from the Vatican on the resignation of Benedict XVI and upcoming Conclave and election. Senior Foreign Affairs Correspondent Greg Palkot will be there tomorrow while Amy Kellogg should be on the ground by this afternoon. Smith, Palkot and Kellogg all covered the death of Pope John Paul II and election of Benedict in 2005.

NBC News correspondent/MSNBC anchor Chris Jansing, who also covered the last Papal transition will be leaving this afternoon for several days of reporting/anchoring and will also cover the election of the next pope. In a Media Beat interview, Jansing told us covering the death of John Paul II and election of Benedict was the most fulfilling assignment of her career: “It was just an extraordinary global event and also had some personal meaning to me.” Jansing will join NBC Rome correspondent Claudio Lavagna already on scene. Richard Engel will also report.

CBS has Allen Pizzey in Rome and London correspondent Mark Phillips will be joining him.

“GMA” Weekend Anchor Dan Harris, along with David Wright, Jeffrey Kofman, and Nick Schifrin will be reporting from the Vatican. Wright covered the 2005 transition. ABC’s Cokie Roberts, whose mother served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican, will provide a historical perspective.

CNN’s Rome-based correspondent Ben Wedeman will cover and will be joined by Jim Bitterman, Max Foster and Jose Levy for CNN en Español are all en route.

Sam Donaldson Arrested For DUI

Former ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson was arrested for driving under the influence earlier this month. TMZ first reported the news this afternoon.

Donaldson was pulled over December 1st in Delaware and failed a field sobriety test. He was subsequently taken to a nearby police station, was booked, and released.

“Law enforcement notes that Donaldson was very cooperative.” TMZ notes.

Donaldson was twice ABC’s White House correspondent, and also served as co-anchor of “PrimeTime Live” with Diane Sawyer and “This Week” with Cokie Roberts. He is retired from ABC, though he still serves as a contributor to ABC News programming.

TVNewsers Meet in Boston to Remember Tip O’Neill

,TVNewser was in Boston this weekend as several TV news anchors and contributors took a trip down memory lane.

They gathered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library for a panel discussion on the life of Tip O’Neill, the legendary former Speaker of the House who passed away in 1994. Sunday marked 100 years since O’Neill’s birth.

Charlie Gibson – who covered O’Neill in the eighties for ABC News – moderated the forum, which featured reminiscing and story-telling among those who also shared the Tip beat back in the day: Bloomberg’s Al HuntABC’s Cokie Roberts and her husband, writer-broadcaster Steve Roberts, and columnist turned “Morning Joe” contributor Mike Barnicle.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, once a top aide to O’Neill, told the audience he was “overwhelmed to have the chance” to be on the Speaker’s staff.

Gibson called O’Neill “an American original” and the “most fascinating” person he ever covered.

The panel discussion was recorded for broadcast January 1 on C-SPAN3.

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