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Coverage Plans for President Obama’s Speech

The broadcast and cable news networks have planned special reports ahead of President Obama’s primetime address tonight. Here’s what they have planned for the speech, which is scheduled for 9pmET.

NBC News: Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 9pmET.

CBS News: Scott Pelley will anchor live coverage of the speech, with chief White House correspondent Major Garrett contributing.

ABC News: Diane Sawyer will anchor coverage beginning at 9pmET.

PBS: Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor. They will be joined after the speech by “NewsHour” analysts Mark Shields and David Brooks.

Fox Broadcast NetworkShepard Smith will anchor beginning at 9pmET. Read more

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State of the Union Coverage: ABC News

Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor ABC News’ coverage of the State of the Union from Washington, DC beginning at 9pmET Tuesday. They will be joined by Jonathan Karl from the White House and Martha Raddatz from the Capitol as well as senior national correspondent Jim Avila and special correspondent Matthew Dowd.

Tuesday’s “World News” and Wednesday’s “Good Morning America” will both be live from Washington. Terry Moran will also anchor “Nightline” from the capital after the speech and the Republican response.

More from ABC after the jump. Read more

Jim Avila Moves To White House Beat For ABC/Univision

The ABC/Univision venture continues to staff up, and today’s addition is a big one. Jim Avila, who had been ABC’s senior national correspondent, will join Jon Karl on ABC’s White House team. Once the still-unnamed ABC/Univision cable news channel launches, he will become its first White House correspondent.

He will continue to contribute to “20/20″ and will also become ABCs go-to correspondent for issues related to “Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community,” the network says.

The hiring is significant, and really underscores how seriously ABC and Univison are taking the new joint venture. The last big cable news JV, MSNBC, borrowed its White House correspondent from NBC News, as it still does now. In Avila, the ABC/Univision channel will have a correspondent who can ask questions directly related to its audience.

In his memo to staff, ABC News president Ben Sherwood also announced a new role for political contributor Matthew Dowd (more on that here). The full memo, after the jump.
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Matthew Dowd Gets Bigger Role at ABC News

Matthew Dowd, who has been a political contributor to ABC News for more than five years, is taking on new duties at the network. ABC News president Ben Sherwood has named Dowd as his senior strategic adviser. Dowd will also increase his on-air role as a special correspondent.

In a note to staff about his expanded on-air role, Sherwood writes, “Matthew will go beyond political news to explore uniquely American cultural, economic and spiritual trends.”

Dowd was the chief strategist for the Bush-Cheney ’04 presidential campaign and joined ABC News in December 2007.

“Matthew’s strategic and tactical insights will be helpful to all of us as we look to expand our reach and impact across all of our business,” writes Sherwood.

Dowd continues as a political analyst for Bloomberg.

Roger Ailes, George Stephanopoulos, Tom Brokaw and Arianna Huffington Turn Out for CURE

Obama campaign senior adviser David Axelrod spent his final night with his mustache at New York’s Four Seasons Restaurant raising awareness — and money — for epilepsy research. Axelrod and his wife Susan hosted many Manhattan luminaries at the CURE New York reception at which Mayor Mike Bloomberg was presented an award for his support. In his brief remarks, Bloomberg caught sight of NBC’s Tom Brokaw in the crowd: “There’s Tom Brokaw. He’s my neighbor …. and my golf partner. Maybe he’ll even give me a few strokes next round.”

TVNewser spotted Fox News chairman Roger Ailes giving a warm hello to Susan Axelrod and Arianna Huffington as David Axelrod gave his remarks. The Axelrods established CURE: Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy as the family struggled to come to terms with their daughter Lauren’s epilepsy. Now 31, Lauren experienced her first seizure at seven months old.

We chatted with “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose, who, with his co-hosts Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell, is treating the “This Morning” staff to a holiday party next week. “It takes two jobs to be able to do it, but we’ll do it,” joked Rose, who also hosts “Charlie Rose” on PBS and Bloomberg TV.

Also at the event, organized for the most part by Tammy Haddad: “Good Morning America” and “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos and his wife Ali Wentworth, ABC political analyst

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Bloomberg TV’s Election Night Plans

Bloomberg TV’s election night coverage kicks off at 7pmET Tuesday with a special edition of “Bloomberg Surveillance,” hosted by Tom Keene. Keene will be joined by Sara Eisen and Scarlet Fu  in New York.

Trish Regan will anchor the network’s main election coverage beginning at 8pmET. Regan will be joined by Washington editor Al Hunt and political analyst Matthew Dowd. Bloomberg’s White House correspondent Julianna Goldman will be live at the Obama campaign headquarters in Chicago. Megan Hughes will be in New York and national correspondent Carol Massar will be in Hamilton County, Ohio.

More in Bloomberg’s release, after the jump. Read more

Sawyer and Stephanopoulos To Lead ABC’s Debate Coverage

ABC News has announced its coverage plans for the three Presidential and one Vice Presidential debates. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will be anchoring the network’s coverage from 9-11 PM on debate nights. Joining them will be Jake Tapper, David Muir, Jonathan Karl and analysts George Will, Matthew Dowd, Nicole Wallace, Donna Brazile and Austan Goolsbee.

In addition, “Nightline” at 11:35 will have a post-debate wrap up, featuring highlights and more analysis.

Online, debate coverage will be anchored by Amy Walter and Dan Harris from 8-11:30 PM, and will be available on ABCNews.com, all of the network’s apps, Yahoo! News and on YouTube.

More information below.
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Charlie Rose Pulling Double Duty For Bloomberg TV Convention Coverage

Bloomberg TV is the latest network to slate 2012 convention coverage. Not surprisingly, its coverage will focus on economic issues, and will originate from the “Bloomberg Link” event space being set up in both Tampa and Charlotte.

Trish Regan will be the channel’s lead anchor for the conventions, while Charlie Rose will host his eponymous PBS and Bloomberg TV program nightly, in addition to his duties on “CBS This Morning.” Regan will anchor “Street Smart” every weekday from 3-5 PM, with nightly specials running from 9-10 PM each night, except the last night of each convention when it will run from 8-11 PM. The channel will also livestream its coverage online as well as events being held at the Bloomberg Link.

Bloomberg Washington editor Al Hunt, Bloomberg TV political analyst Matthew Dowd, Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson, White House correspondents Hans Nichols and Julianna Goldman, along with chief Washington correspondent Peter Cook and Washington correspondent Meghan Hughes will all contribute to the channel’s coverage.

More information, after the jump.

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Matthew Dowd Takes on Expanded Political Role at ABC News

Former political strategist Matthew Dowd is taking on an expanded role at ABC News, according to a memo sent to staff by ABC News president Ben Sherwood.

“In the past few years, Matthew has worked with us as a political analyst,” Sherwood wrote. “Going forward, he will take on an expanded role, contributing more frequently across ABC News broadcasts, election specials and online.”

Dowd’s deal with ABC will keep him at the network “through the 2012 elections and beyond.”

Dowd is a former political strategist, most recently working on the reelection campaign of former President George W. Bush.

Sherwood’s note to staff, after the jump.

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Christiane Amanpour Offered ABC ‘This Week’ Job

amanpour_3-15.jpgFishbowlDC reports that CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, who had been rumored to be in talks with ABC News, has told colleagues that she received an offer for the “This Week” hosting job: “As of this moment she is declaring a 50-50 chance that she’s going to accept the offer.”

The position was vacated by George Stephanopoulos at the beginning of the year after he departed to co-anchor “Good Morning America” full-time. Since then, ABC has rotated a number of anchors including Jake Tapper, Terry Moran, Barbara Walters, Matthew Dowd, Jonathan Karl, and Elizabeth Vargas. Both Tapper and Moran were rumored to be in contention early in the process.

CNN decline to comment on the report and ABC says, “We will announce something when we have something to announce.”

More at FishbowlDC. Developing…

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