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Israel-Gaza Ground War Changes Cable Plans

CNNGaza_1.3.jpgThe cable news channels have been covering breaking news from Gaza for much of the afternoon. The official word of Israeli Defense Force ground troops moving in to Palestinian territory was reported around 1:40pmET this afternoon, but had been expected for days.

Fredricka Whitfield anchored much of the afternoon on CNN with Don Lemon picking up at 5pmET.


Fox News correspondent David Lee Miller is along the border. Viewers could see IDF troops on the move behind him during his live shots. FNC tells TVNewser they will preempt regular programming until 7pmET at which point Fox Report will air. The network has added two live hours of Geraldo at 8pmET and 10pmET which will cover the crisis.

MSNBCGaza_1.3.jpgMSNBC interrupted its afternoon documentaries just after 1:30pmET and has been in live coverage since. Peter Alexander, who anchored the morning show as well, was joined by Chris Jansing at 2pmET from Los Angeles. Contessa Brewer took over for Alexander at 5pmET. With the NFL on NBC there is no Nightly News so network correspondents including Tom Aspell, Martin Fletcher and Andrea Mitchell continue to report for the cable channel.

As for the broadcast networks, it appears CBS News did not have a correspondent in Israel or inside Gaza. SKY News correspondent Dominic Waghorn reported for the CBS Evening News from along the border. For ABC’s “World News,” Miguel Marquez reported from Jerusalem and Simon McGregor-Wood was in Sderot, Israel, near Gaza.

> Update from a reader: CBS Radio correspondent Robert Berger has been filing reports from Jerusalem during the on-the-hour casts all day…

Marvelous Mal’s Return to the Olympics Includes CNN Anchor/Daughter

CNNWhitfield_8.14.jpgCNN’s Fredricka Whitfield is leaving Monday for China, but she’s not just going to report on the games, or the athletes, or on Beijing. Whitfield will be reporting on her father, former U.S. Olympian Mal Whitfield and his return to the Olympics with several other octogenarian athletes.

60 years ago, Marvelous Mal won two gold medals (800 meters and 4×400 relay) and a bronze (400 meters) at the London Olympics. Four years later in Helsinki he won gold again in the 800m and silver in the 4x400m.

Mal Whitfield was inspired as a child watching the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. “Four years later,” he told CNN’s Don Lemon in an interview this afternoon, “I was energized by this great man called Jesse Owens.” He’s now 83 years old and, for the last month, along with his daughter, he’s been gearing up for a return to the games.

Fredricka Whitfield’s reports from Beijing will begin airing next week on CNN.

Now, if anyone is around to document this in 60 years, let’s see if Michael Phelps, who will also be 83, goes on CNN with his anchor/daughter, talking about his Beijing experience and preparing to go to the 2068 Baghdad Olympics. It could happen.