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Network coverage of the political conventions

August 26, 2012|By Scott Collins
  • CBS News' Scott Pelley will anchor a one-hour nightly wrap-up.
CBS News' Scott Pelley will anchor a one-hour nightly wrap-up. (Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles…)

CNN is planning nearly round-the-clock coverage of the Democratic and Republican national conventions. Here's a look at what some other networks have in store:

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will co-anchor coverage during the 10 p.m. hour during both the Democratic and GOP conventions. In addition, ABC News is teaming with Yahoo to offer more than 30 hours of streaming coverage online. ABC will also tap a recent deal with Spanish-language broadcaster Univision for news content aimed at Latino viewers.

CBS: A one-hour nightly wrap-up will be anchored by Scott Pelley, joined by "Face the Nation's" Bob Schieffer and "CBS This Morning" co-host Norah O'Donnell. Correspondent Bill Whitaker will report from Tampa at the GOP confab, while Byron Pitts will walk the floor in Charlotte with Democratic delegates.

READ: CNN's planned convention coverage

Fox News Channel: For the Republican convention, co-hosts Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will cover the proceedings, with analysis from Brit Hume, Juan Williams, Bill Kristol and others. (Fox hadn't released its Democratic convention plans as of deadline, but the personnel are expected to be the same.)

NBC/MSNBC: Brian Williams will anchor nightly reports from both Tampa and Charlotte, with an assist from his "Nightly News" predecessor and mentor, Tom Brokaw. "Today" and will offer additional coverage. MSNBC is planning about 20 hours per day worth of coverage.


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