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Broadcast Nets Cover HCR Legislation Signing

President Obama is scheduled to sign the health care reform bill, which the House voted on Sunday evening, into law later this morning. The signing is scheduled for 11:15amET in the East Room at the White House. Broadcast network special coverage:

Will update if/when we learn more.

State of the Union Coverage Plans: Broadcast Networks

Tomorrow evening, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address to Congress just after 9pmET. Gov. Bob McDonnell will provide the GOP response. Here are the special coverage plans we’re hearing for the broadcast networks.

abc120.jpg ABC News’ Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage of the address and response from D.C. with Jake Tapper, Jon Karl, and Martha Raddatz contributing. Sawyer will anchor “World News” from Washington and Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline,” also from D.C., live at 11:35pmET.
cbsnews120.jpg Katie Couric will anchor coverage of the address and response at 9pmET as well as CBS’ “Special Report: State of the Union” afterward. She will be joined by Jeff Greenfield and Bob Schieffer, with Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes reporting. Harry Smith will anchor “The Early Show” from Washington, D.C. tomorrow morning.
fox120.jpg Fox News’ Shepard Smith will anchor special coverage for FOX broadcasting starting at 9pmET. Chris Wallace will join for analysis and Shannon Bream will report from Capitol Hill.
nbc120.jpg Brian Williams will anchor from DC for NBC News with David Gregory. NBC News correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell will also contribute.
pbs120.jpg Jim Lehrer anchors PBS’ broadcast of the address and response at 9pmET followed by analysis from Mark Shields and David Brooks.

We will update as we learn more.

More from WebNewser: State of the Union: What News Networks Are Doing with Their Bandwidth

Covering the Massachusetts Senate Race

CNNMass_1.18.jpgHere’s who’s heading to — or already in — Massachusetts for tomorrow’s close Senate race to fill Ted Kennedy‘s seat.

• Fox News – Molly Line and Carl Cameron are in Massachusetts today. Greta Van Susteren will anchor “On the Record” from Boston tonight and tomorrow night. Bret Baier anchors “Special Report” from Boston tomorrow night.

• NBC/MSNBC – Kelly O’Donnell and Norah O’Donnell are covering in Boston. Chris Matthews heads to Boston after tonight’s Town Hall in Houston (live on MSNBC 10pm-12amET).

• CNN – Jim Acosta and Jessica Yellin are in Boston. They’ll be joined tomorrow by Dan Lothian and John King.

• CBS – Nancy Cordes is in Cambridge, Mass.

• ABC – John Berman is in Massachusetts.

‘It’s Six Degrees of Cleveland’

cleveland_12-7.jpgWhat do FBN’s Liz Claman, NBC’s Al Roker, and CNN’s Tony Harris all have in common? They worked in local TV in Cleveland, OH.

An article in today’s Cleveland Plain Dealer catalogs the many tv newsers who came out of that market, which includes Claman (WEWS), Roker (WKYC), and Harris (WJW), who hosted Channel 8′s “P.M. Magazine.”

At Fox, Claman is joined by Fox News’ Gretchen Carlson (WOIO) and FBN’s Adam Shapiro (WEWS), both Cleveland TV veterans.

“I don’t think it’s just magic that we all ended up at Fox,” Claman said. “I think it’s because Cleveland is a big, grown-up city and a big market that tests your skills and your personality. I know that I learned more in Cleveland about relating to an audience than I did anywhere else.”

Others who worked in Cleveland: HLN’s Robin Meade (WJW), CNN’s Carol Costello (WAKR), NBC’s Martin Savidge (WJW), NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell (WJW) (who is on the cover of Cleveland Magazine this month).

And that’s your Midwestern trivia for today, Monday, December 7th.

Kennedy : Thursday Broadcast Network Plans

Today’s schedule for Sen. Edward Kennedy‘s memorial services: 1pm Motorcade to Boston, Approx 4pm Arrive at JFK library in Boston, 6pm-11pm Sen. Kennedy will lie in repose at the library.

The network coverage plans are as follows:

  • ABC’s Charlie Gibson will anchor portions of the motorcade in special reports as well as “World News” from the JFK library in Boston.
  • CBS will have a live special report when the motorcade arrives in Boston, but could feature break-ins earlier. The special report will be anchored by Russ Mitchell in New York. Tonight, Katie Couric will anchor “Evening News” from Boston.
  • NBC tells us that, for the most part, MSNBC will cover the daytime events. On “Nightly News,” Lester Holt will anchor from the Kennedy Library with Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Mike Taibbi reporting. (A TVNewser tipster tells us Brian Williams is out tonight because he’s taking his son to college.)

Former NBC Producer Joins GOP Media Firm

In December producer Bethany Thomas Jordan lost her job in the NBC News Dallas bureau. She was among several NBC News staffers cut in a round of layoffs.

In May, Thomas Jordan will start a new job with republican media firm Scott Howell and Company. The company produces campaign commercials for GOP candidates.

Thomas Jordan covered the McCain campaign alongside correspondent Kelly O’Donnell.

Plans For Obama Address

Every network will cover President Barack Obama‘s Address to Congress tonight at 9pmET (right after our TVNewser Summit party tonight in NYC — it’s not too late to RSVP). Following Obama’s speech is Gov. Bobby Jindal‘s Republican response:

• ABC — Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos anchor coverage from the Capitol, from 9-10:30pmET. Jake Tapper, Jonathan Karl, George Will and Donna Brazile contribute. Nightline provides additional coverage and analysis at 11:35pmET, with Terry Moran anchoring from D.C.

• CBS — Katie Couric anchors from 9-10:30pmET, with a live Webcast on CBSNews.com and CNET.com immediately following. Bob Schieffer, Jeff Greenfield, Nancy Cordes, Lara Logan, Anthony Mason, Chip Reid and Dan Bartlett contribute.

• NBC — Brian Williams anchors from 9-10pmET. He will be joined by David Gregory, Chuck Todd, and Kelly O’Donnell.

• FOX — Shepard Smith anchors from Washington, D.C., beginning at 8:55pmET. Chris Wallace provides analysis and Shannon Bream reports from Capital Hill.

• CNN — Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and John King lead coverage from the Election Center in New York. Members of the BPTOT, including Gloria Borger and Roland Martin, will contribute. Shortly before the 9 p.m. address, Blitzer will introduce the address. A two-hour edition of AC 360 starts immediately after the address. “Larry King Live” airs live at MidnightET, with special guest, Sen. John McCain.

• FNC — Bret Baier anchors, beginning at 8:55pmET. Bill O’Reilly hosts a live O’Reilly Factor from 8-8:55pmET. On the Record with Greta Van Susteren airs live from 10:30-11pmET, followed by a Sean Hannity hosting a live “Hannity” from 11pm-MidnightET. Brit Hume joins Juan Williams, Nina Easton and Charles Krauthammer for post-address analysis, Major Garrett, Carl Cameron, Brian Wilson and Chris Wallace report for the coverage.

• MSNBC — Keith Olbermann introduces the address after Countdown, and a special edition of Countdown airs at 10pmET. The Rachel Maddow Show airs live at 11pmET and Hardball with Chris Matthews is live at MidnightET.

• CNBC — John Harwood and Larry Kudlow anchor the pre-speech coverage and a panel of guests join Harwood after the address. Also — Brian Williams will be on “Street Signs” at 2pmET after his lunch at the White House with the other anchors.

• FBN — Neil Cavuto anchors coverage, which includes Rich Edson and Peter Barnes reporting and Mack McLarty, former chief of staff for President Clinton, providing analysis.

• Bloomberg — Peter Cook anchors, with Al Hunt and Kathleen Hays contributing. Roger Altman and Frank Lavin provide analysis.

• PBS — Jim Lehrer anchors with Mark Shields and David Brooks providing analysis.

• C-SPAN — Airs the address live, with coverage beginning at 8pmET and a re-air at 11pmET.

> WebNewser has the coverage plans on the Web

Who Was at the White House Christmas Party Last Night?

WHUxmas_12.17.JPGOur spies spotted several tvnewsers at last night’s White House Christmas party — from ABC Kathy O’Hearn and Terry Moran; from CBS Bill Plante and Maggie Rodriguez; from NBC Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell and David Gregory; from FNC John Moody, Gretchen Carlson, and Steve Doocy; from CNN David Bohrman and husband and wife correspondent/anchor team of Dana Bash & John King; from FBN Jenna Lee, Kevin Magee and Ray Hennessey; and from CNBC Matt Cuddy and Nick Dunn.

Several guests brought their kids as escorts including Maureen Orth with son Luke Russert, FBN’s Liz Claman brought her daughter and FNC’s Brit Hume brought his granddaughter.

> More: Maria Bartiromo, Bill O’Reilly and Greta Van Susteren also attended.

With Race Nearly Over, Gregory’s Show Gets New Name

Gregory_11.3.jpgFirst on TVNewser: Insiders tell us that as of Wednesday, David Gregory‘s 6pmET program, “Race for the White House” will be known as “1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.”

How Gregory will continue to anchor a 6pm show and be NBC’s Chief White House correspondent, which usually means being available to report for Nightly News at 6:30pm, is not known.

Generally, after an election, the correspondents who’ve been covering the candidates end up being put on the White House beat. For NBC that would be Lee Cowan, covering Obama and Kelly O’Donnell, who’s been covering McCain. O’Donnell was on White House duty before the campaign. Cowan, who joined NBC from CBS last year, is based in Chicago.

> Update: An emailer reminds us O’Donnell became NBC’s congressional correspondent in Dec. 2007. “She switched to #1 on the Hill from #2 on the White House beat.” This was after NBC’s congressional correspondent Chip Reid jumped to CBS News.

Presidential Debate Round #2

Here are some of the coverage plans for tonight’s town hall style debate at Belmont University in Nashville moderated by NBC’s Tom Brokaw. All the following networks will carry the debate.

ABC: The team of Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopolous will anchor again, this time from three different cities. Charlie Gibson will be at Bowling Green (Ohio) State University with a group of students; Diane Sawyer will be at ABC News headquarters in New York and George Stephanopoulos will be at the debate. Ron Claiborne and Jake Tapper will report during ABC’s coverage from 9-11pmET.

NBC: Brian Williams anchors from New York. Chuck Todd, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lee Cowan will report from Nashville. Debate moderator Tom Brokaw will not be doing interviews after the debate, but he’ll appear on the Today show tomorrow.

CBS: Katie Couric leads coverage from 9-11pmET, with the live Webcast following on CBSNews.com and CNET.com. [It was announced today that Intel Corp. has the exclusive advertising rights for the debate Webcasts.] Bob Schieffer will join from Nashville and Jeff Greenfield will be in New York. Correspondents Chip Reid and Dean Reynolds will report from the debate site. Harry Smith anchored The Early show from Nashville along with correspondent Jeff Glor.

FOX: Shepard Smith will anchor FOX Broadcasting’s debate coverage from 9:00-10:30pmET.

Fox News: Coverage begins at 8:50pmET (after a shortened O’Reilly Factor) and will be anchored by Brit Hume from Washington. Chris Wallace will be on the debate floor. Shepard Smith (at 7pmET), Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes (at 11:15pmET) and Greta Van Susteren (at MidnightET) will anchor their programs from Nashville.

CNN: Anchors Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown, Anderson Cooper and Lou Dobbs lead coverage from the CNN Election Center in New York. A special edition of AC360 will air as post-debate coverage until MidnightET. John King will be at the Magic Wall, while correspondents Jessica Yellin, Candy Crowley, Ed Henry and senior political analyst Bill Schneider will be on location in Nashville. [An earlier version of this story reported Suzanne Malveaux and Dana Bash would be in Nashville. They are not]

MSNBC: David Gregory anchors debate coverage beginning at 9pmET and post-debate coverage at 10:30pmET. Countdown with Keith Olbermann airs at 11pmET, with a live Hardball with Chris Matthews at MidnightET.

C-SPAN: Presidential debate preview, anchored by Susan Swain, begins at 7:30pmET.

CNBC: Melissa Francis, Larry Kudlow and John Harwood anchor coverage before and after the debate.

FBN: Neil Cavuto anchors pre- and post-debate coverage.

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