Websites, social media part of TV’s election plans
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Broadcast network plans for covering the midterm elections Tuesday (all times EDT). Cable news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC plan live election coverage throughout the evening.
ABC — Network coverage from 9:30-11 p.m., anchored by Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos. From 8-9:30 p.m., the two anchors will stream a live program on ABC’s website, on Facebook and the ABC News iPad application. A separate ABC Web-only newscast, anchored by John Berman and Claire Shipman, will be streamed on Hulu, mobile platforms and Yahoo! beginning at 7 p.m.
CBS — Network coverage from 10-11 p.m., anchored by Katie Couric, who will anchor a live webcast from 11-midnight. The network’s “Washington Unplugged” will provide election results and analysis online from 9-10 p.m. Some of its material will be available on YouTube. CBS also has a partnership with Google Inc. for access to the company’s analysis of the political races.
FOX — FOX News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor FOX Broadcasting Company’s election night coverage. In addition to providing network cut-ins throughout the night, Smith will anchor two live hours of election programming from 9-10 p.m. and 12-1 a.m. FOX News Channel will have continuous live coverage of the 2010 elections beginning at 6 p.m. Co-anchors Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will lead that network’s coverage, America’s Election HQ from New York, beginning at 8 p.m.
NBC — Network coverage from 9-11 p.m., anchored by Brian Williams, and for an additional four hours after a local news break. The live coverage will be embedded on Twitter, and NBC also plans to host live chat sessions on its website and seek viewer photographs from polling places.
PBS — Network coverage from 11-midnight, anchored by Jim Lehrer. It will be simulcast on the website, which will also feature a webcast from 10-11 p.m. The network plans a “social media stream,” highlighting comments from people on Twitter, Facebook and MySpace.
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