Fox News correspondent Jonathan Hunt is celebrating his first Thanksgiving as an American citizen. Hunt went on Shepard Smith‘s show earlier this week to talk about his path to citizenship, joking that his swearing-in marks “the real start of the decline of America.”
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Here’s what the cable and broadcast networks have planned for tonight’s Election Day coverage:
Fox News: Bret Baier will anchor live cut-ins with election results during normal primetime programming. Carl Cameron will be live from Virginia and Eric Shawn will cover the races in New Jersey and New York. Additionally, the network will have a live webcast anchored by Jonathan Hunt from 7-8:15pmET.
CNN: Wolf Blitzer and John King will provide election updates during primetime. Jake Tapper, who is spending the day with New Jersey governor Chris Christie, will host a special at 11pmET. Van Jones and Newt Gingrich will host a special edition of “Crossfire” at 11:30pmET.
MSNBC: The network will cover the election on its regular primetime shows. Chris Hayes will host a live update at 11pmET.
ABC News: The network will cover the election on its regular newscasts, including “GMA” and “World News.” ABC will have coverage and analysis of the races online and will live-stream victory and concession speeches at ABCNews.com/live.
CBS News: The network plans to cover the races during its newscasts, with analysis and live coverage throughout the evening on CBSNews.com.
NBC News: “Nightly News” will update later feeds of the newscast as results come in and will feature extended coverage and analysis on NBCNews.com.
Fusion: Special editions of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” will air on Fusion at 5pmET and live at 8pmET. Ramos will be joined by Fusion host Alicia Menendez, ABC News political director Rick Klein, Fusion political editor Jordan Fabian, Fusion digital editor Ted Hesson and Fusion White House correspondent Jim Avila.
- Fox Sports 1 launches Saturday, and the channel says that it now has deals with every major cable and satellite distributor, allowing it to launch in some 90 million homes. It is the largest sports TV launch ever, and one of the biggest new channel launches ever.
- Fox News correspondent Jonathan Hunt remembers his friend and colleague Mick Deane, a Sky News camera operator who was shot and killed in Egypt yesterday.
President Obama is scheduled to comment on the disaster in Oklahoma at 10 AM and it is likely that all of the broadcast networks will break into regular programming to cover it. ”CBS This Morning” went into the 9 AM hour to cover the fallout. We hear that “CTM” will stay live until 12 PM on the east coast covering the damage, and 10 AM pacific.
Update: “Our prayers are with the people of Oklahoma today,” Obama said. “Oklahoma needs to get everything that it needs right away.”
“If there is hope to hold onto, not just in Oklahoma but around the country, it is the knowledge that the good people there in Oklahoma are more prepared than most, and what they can be certain about is that Americans around the country will be right there with them,” he added.
Meanwhile, the news channels are sending their A-teams to Oklahoma to cover the fallout from the tornado.
As we noted yesterday, NBC has Brian Williams, Lester Holt, Ann Curry, Harry Smith, Kate Snow, Anne Thompson and Dr. Nancy Snyderman in Oklahoma, as well as the Weather Channel team of Jim Cantore, Mike Bettes, and Mike Seidel.
Fox News anchor Shepard Smith is broadcasting live from Seaside Heights, New Jersey today, to follow up on the devastation caused by Superstorm Sandy as the warm weather begins in the northeast.
Rick Leventhal, Shannon Bream and Jonathan Hunt will contribute to the programming during “Studio B” and “Fox Report.” Smith also plans on hopping on the chopper for New York’s Fox station WNYW, where he will get a birds-eye view of the destruction in Breezy Point, Staten Island and elsewhere.
On FNC, Kelly and Baier will be joined by senior political analyst Brit Hume, “Fox News Sunday” moderator Chris Wallace, as well as contributors Joe Trippi, Karl Rove, Juan Williams, Stephen Hayes and Kirsten Powers. “O’Reilly Factor host Bill O’Reilly and “On the Record” host Greta Van Susteren will be providing commentary, and Van Susteren will also interview Fox News contributor Sarah Palin during the evening.
Correspondent Martha MacCallum will report on exit poll data, with Bill Hemmer manning the “bill-board,” FNC’s touchscreen. Carl Cameron and John Roberts will report from Romney HQ in Boston, with Ed Henry and Wendell Goler reporting from Obama HQ in Chicago. There will also be a number of correspondents in the field (after the jump).
Fox News Channel’s two media shows, “Fox News Watch” and the “Journal Editorial Report,” have been expanded to an hour each this weekend. “Journal Editorial Report” airs at 2pmET today and again at 11pmET, while “Fox News Watch” airs at 3pmET and Midnight. The shows, typically a half hour run back-to-back on Saturday afternoon at 2pm and again at 11pm. On the daily Bias Bash segment on FoxNews.com, panelist Jim Pinkerton had to correct Jonathan Hunt who promoted Fox News Watch as starting at 2:30: “No, 2 O’Clock (actually 3 O’Clock). And an hour,” said Pinkerton. To which panelist Sally Kohn joked, “Oh. So much bias. So little time.”
Fox News has announced its coverage plans for the RNC. Special primetime coverage will run each night from 10-11:30 PM, anchored by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, who will also kick things off with a primtime special at 9 PM on Sunday. Bill O’Reilly and Sean Hannity will continue to anchor their respective programs at 8 and 9 PM, respectively, while “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren” will move to 11:30 PM, ending at 1 AM.
Dayside programming will stay the same, though some of the shows will originate from Tampa. Chris Wallace will anchor “Fox News Sunday” from Tampa the Sunday before the convention.
Online, FNC will have original online programming during the day, with Jenna Lee anchoring in primetime, and Jonathan Hunt providing additional reportage, for viewers who would rather watch the conventions than Hannity or O’Reilly.
DNC coverage hasn’t been announced, but will likely look very similar.
CNN and HLN meteorologist Bonnie Schneider celebrated the release of her book, Extreme Weather, at Eataly on Thursday night. Schneider and her guests — including chef Lidia Bastianich, who held a cooking class with the author before the book signing –
After the jump, find out who turned out for Schneider’s fete.
Fox News Channel has announced its coverage plans for the April 29 Royal Wedding.
Shepard Smith and Martha MacCallum will lead the channel’s coverage from London, and will anchor live starting at 4 AM ET on the wedding day. They will be joined by Gretchen Carlson and Jonathan Hunt reporting from Westminster Abbey, as well as a number of contributors: former Royal butler Paul Burrell, William and Kate: A Royal Love Story author Christopher Anderson, and former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden.
FNC will run highlights from the wedding during its primetime programming that evening.
Leading up to the wedding, FNC will televise a special “Countdown to the Royal Wedding” on Sunday, April 24 at 9 PM.
More information, after the jump.
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