Programming

MSNBC Planning Convention Coverage Bonanza

NBC Universal-owned news network to air live coverage from Democratic, Republican National Conventions 20 hours per day. 8/21/2008 05:55:00 AM Eastern

MSNBC will telecast 20 hours per day of live coverage from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, the network announced Thursday.

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As part of the coverage, all of the NBC Universal-owned news and entertainment networks will air a one-minute roadblock, hosted by Countdown’s Keith Olbermann, delivering the latest news and previewing coverage on MSNBC and NBC.

MSNBC’s coverage will kick off at 6 a.m. with Morning Joe, live from each of the convention cities.

Throughout the day, the network will trot out its heavy hitters to anchor its coverage, leading up to 7 p.m., when Olbermann and Chris Matthews take over.

The anchors will be:

• 11 a.m.-noon, Dan Abrams;

• Noon-1 p.m., Chuck Todd;

• 1 p.m.-2 p.m., Brian Williams;

• 2 p.m.-3 p.m., Andrea Mitchell;

• 3 p.m.-4 p.m., Norah O’Donnell; and

• 4 p.m.-5 p.m., Tom Brokaw.

At 5 p.m. will be Hardball with Chris Matthews, followed by Race for the White House with David Gregory at 6 p.m.

Olbermann and Matthews will pick up the anchoring duties at 7 p.m., with live coverage continuing until 2 a.m.

O’Donnell will lead NBC’s panel, featuring newly minted primetime host Rachel Maddow, Pat Buchanan, Eugene Robinson, Harold Ford Jr. and Mike Murphy.

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