Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Network Presidential Debate Coverage

CBS EVENING NEWS Anchor and Managing Editor Scott Pelley will lead the network’s coverage of the upcoming political debates.  Pelley will be joined by CBS News’ team of experienced correspondents, who will provide original reporting for live broadcasts of the CBS EVENING NEWS WITH SCOTT PELLEY (6:30 PM, ET), as well as the network’s primetime coverage (9:00-11:00 PM, ET) of the presidential debates from the University of Denver onWednesday, Oct. 3, Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y., on Tuesday, Oct. 16 and Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday, Oct. 22.  Pelley will also anchor the network’s primetime coverage of the vice presidential debate onThursday, Oct. 11.
In addition, FACE THE NATION WITH BOB SCHIEFFER will broadcast live from Boca Raton on Sunday, Oct. 21 (10:30 AM, ET).  Charlie Rose and Norah O’Donnell will co-host CBS THIS MORNING (7:00-9:00AM, ET) from Boca Raton on Monday, Oct. 22.  Gayle King will co-host the broadcast from New York.
Schieffer, CBS News’ Chief Washington Correspondent and Anchor of FACE THE NATION, will moderate the final presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney onMonday, Oct. 22 (9:00 PM, ET).
Contributing to CBS News’ coverage will be Major Garrett of National Journal; Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg; Rana Foroohar of Time magazine; Rajiv Chandrasekaran of the Washington Post; CBS News Senior National Security Analyst Juan Zarate; and Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal.
CBS Radio News’ coverage will include live anchored coverage and special reports for each debate, as well as other reports and features for CBS Radio News affiliates. CBS Radio News will also stream live each debate on its iPhone app.
CBSNews.com will provide comprehensive coverage of each political debate, including live streaming, blogging and special reports from the field. 

NBC News will provide special network primetime coverage of the first 2012 presidential debate from 9:00pm-11:00pm ET/6:00pm-8:00pm PT on Wednesday, October 3, 2012. The debate will be held at the University of Denver in Denver, CO.

The two-hour broadcast will feature news and analysis from the trusted NBC News political team -- all current or former White House correspondents:

“NBC Nightly News” and “Rock Center” anchor and managing editor Brian Williams will anchor from New York, joined by “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory and “TODAY” co-host Savannah Guthrie; political director and chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd and veteran journalist Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will report from Denver; and chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell will lead the “Truth Squad” fact-check team from Denver.

As part of Wednesday’s special coverage, Brian Williams will conduct the first post-debate interviews with two top campaign figures: David Axelrod, senior political strategist for President Obama’s re-election campaign, and Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a leading supporter for Governor Romney.

Digital and Social Integration:

* NBC News will use Mass Relevance technology to integrate social media on air during network analysis of the event. Viewers can be a part of the experience on Twitter by using the hashtag #NBCPolitics.

* The site’s political destination, NBCPolitics.com, will live stream the debate and provide the latest news and analysis from the First Read blog, and social media updates from NBC’s political team. The debate live stream and reporting will also be available through the NBCPolitics app..

Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor special coverage of the debates from ABC News' Election Headquarters in New York from 9:00-11:00 p.m., ET on the following nights:

* Wednesday, October 3: Presidential debate on domestic policy
* Thursday, October 11: Vice Presidential debate on foreign and domestic policy
* Tuesday, October 16: Presidential town hall on foreign and domestic policy
* Monday, October 22: Presidential debate on foreign policy

To get the whole picture on how the debate will likely impact the final weeks of the campaign, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined by members of ABC's powerhouse political team, including: 

* Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper 
* "ABC World News" Weekend Anchor David Muir, who covers the Romney campaign
* Senior Political Correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from ABC's Fact or Fiction Desk
* ABC News Contributor George Will from Washington
* ABC Political Analysts Matthew Dowd, Nicole Wallace, Donna Brazile and Austan Goolsbee, who have all worked for or consulted for previous Presidential candidates.

On "Nightline" at 11:35 p.m., ET, Terry Moran will bring viewers all the pivotal moments from each debate.

ABC News Digital will provide live debate coverage anchored by ABC News Political Director Amy Walter and "GMA" Weekend Anchor Dan Harris on each night of the debates from 8:00-11:30 p.m., ET. The coverage will be live-streamed across multiple platforms, including ABCNews.com, Yahoo!, Yahoo! News, GoodMorningAmerica.com, ABC News' iPad & iPhone apps, as well as on ABC News affiliate websites. ABC News Digital coverage will also serve as the official provider of the debates on YouTube's Elections Hub. ABC News Digital will have a one-hour pre-show at 8:00 p.m., ET and a one-hour post-show each night of the debates, as well as a 30-minute noon show. 

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