NEW YORK — The major television networks, which spent weeks preparing for an outdoor presidential inaugural extravaganza, had less than 24 hours to move Monday's ceremony and celebrations indoors.
"A lot of people here are as disappointed as the West Virginia March Band must be," said George Schweitzer, vice president for communications for the CBS Broadcast Group.
The bitter cold weather in Washington forced changes in the inaugural activities, causing the networks to redeploy personnel and equipment.
"We essentially had to change everything we were doing. Everything," said Bob McFarland, NBC News' Washington bureau chief.
One of the biggest logistical changes involved the scrapping of the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., and scheduling, instead, a makeshift event at the Capital Centre in Landover, Md.
"What we're trying to do in six to seven hours, it normally takes six to seven days to do," said Tom Wolzien, NBC's vice president of special productions. "Stay tuned."