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ABC, NBC, CBS Will Carry Obama News Conference — FOX Won’t

The big three broadcasters will air Pres. Barack Obama‘s news conference Wednesday night at 8pmET, the 100th day of the Obama administration.

But one network will not cover the news conference — FOX. Repeated calls to FOX to check on their plans went unanswered this afternoon, but THR’s James Hibberd has a FOX statement: “Fox’s sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”

Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will anchor for their respective networks, with Couric in D.C. and Gibson and Williams in NY. Couric will anchor a live Webcast following the CBS broadcast.

At 8pmET, FOX will air a new episode of “Lie to Me.”

> Update at 5:20pmET: A FOX spokesperson did get back to us and confirmed the network would not be taking the newser.

There is, however, some precedent to the decision by FOX. In October of 2000 FOX chose not to take one of the presidential debates, while FOX (as well as CBS and NBC) chose not to air President George W. Bush‘s speech in November 2001.

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“On the Case With Paula Zahn” Debuts in October

Former CNN and FNC anchor Paula Zahn will host “On the Case With Paula Zahn,” on Discovery Investigates beginning in October, reports THR’s James Hibberd.

The weekly program will “explore crime mysteries.” Discovery has ordered 13 episodes.

Zahn signed a deal with Discovery to develop a show in January.

Griffin: “We’re Less About Ideology Than Fox”

maddow_1-16.jpgMSNBC held their Television Critics Association panel yesterday in Los Angeles, and the questions ranged from comparisons of MSNBC and FNC to comparisons of Obama and Bush.

Variety’s Brian Lowry writes that MSNBC president Phil Griffin fielded questions about the network’s “windshield-wiper act” of having Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews again anchoring political coverage, Tuesday at the Inauguration, as well as whether MSNBC was the “left-leaning counterweight” to Fox News. “We’re less about ideology than Fox is,” said Griffin.

The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd expands on the topic. Rachel Maddow also made the trip to L.A., and although she said she’s “never seen a show on Fox at any time ever,” she had some opinions about the network. “The idea that there’s any equivalency between us and Fox News…” she said. “Fox is a political experiment. Imagine them having somebody as liberal as Joe Scarborough is conservative doing their whole morning? It doesn’t make sense.”

She also was confident there would be just as much to talk about with Barack Obama in the White House. “I don’t think we’re at risk of idiocy going out of fashion in Washington,” she said.

Zahn Signs Deal With Investigation Discovery

zahn_1-9.jpgFormer CNN and FNC anchor started a new job at WNET/Channel 13′s (New York’s PBS station) as co-host of “Sunday Arts” in November. Less than two months later, she has another gig.

The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd reports Zahn has signed an exclusive deal with Investigation Discover “to develop a weekly newsmagazine.”

“I am excited to join Investigation Discovery to create a series that’s driven by compelling storytelling,” Zahn said. “The process of uncovering the truth is something I have always been passionate about.”

Zahn left CNN in July 2007.

The Ticker (p.m. edition): CBS, ABC, FBN…

> The Hollywood Reporter’s James Hibberd reports Sen. Barack Obama has bought a half-hour of prime time programming on October 29 at 8pmET on CBS. Hibberd reports the Obama campaign is in talks for similar deals with NBC and FOX.

> Robin Roberts and Sam Champion of Good Morning America will report live from Galveston, TX on Monday. The special edition broadcast is titled “After The Storms.”

> The Wall Street Fighter’s Stephen Dalton spent the day with FBN correspondent Nicole Petallides on the floor of the NYSE. Complete with pictures of the visit, Dalton describes the “little cubby-hole style pit right in the thick of the action” that serves as FBN HQ.

Cable Games

THR’s Paul J. Gough and James Hibberd write about the ratings for the Olympics as this non-Phelps week begins. They also write that Olympics programming on the NBCU cable networks is performing better than the 2004 Athens games.

NBC has seen strong gains for its Olympic-related programming on its cable channels…MSNBC is averaging 650,000 viewers (up 22%) and CNBC 606,000 (up 165%).