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Major Broadcast Nets To Cover Memorial Service

ABC, CBS, NBC will cut-in for President's remarks
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In addition to the previously announced Nightline special on the Arizona memorial service Wednesday, ABC
will break into regularly scheduled programming to cover the president's
remarks during the service, which a source says the White House estimated will
be around 8:30 p.m.--the service starts at 8 p.m.

ABC's coverage of the President's speech, and comments afterwards
depending on what he says, will be anchored by Diane Sawyer and George
Stephanopoulos.

Nightline will air a
one-hour special, Tragedy in Tucson, which will include coverage of the
President's remarks as well as reporting on how Tucson is dealing with the
tragedy.

NBC also plans to cut into regular programming for the President's
speech, with coverage anchored by Brian Williams, Lester Holt and Savannah
Guthrie live from Tucson.

CBS will cut into regular programming with the President's speech,
with Katie Couric anchoring the special report from Washington. It will
stream the service in its entirety on CBSNews.com. CBS has moved its original airing of Live to Dance to 9-10 p.m. in
anticipation of the cut-in, instead airing repeats of The Big Bang Theory and Rules
of Engagement
from 8-9 p.m.

Fox News will cover the service live starting at 8
p.m., according to its Web site.
A Fox spokesperson was not available at press time to comment on what options
stations would have, or planned to exercise, in terms of carrying that
coverage.

PBS' NewsHour will
also stream the service online and will air a special at 9 p.m. with excerpts
from the President's remarks and the service and guest commentators. That
9 p.m. broadcast replaces what is normally the West Coast feed of NewsHour.

CNN will cover the service live, anchored by Wolf Blitzer and John
King from Tucson.

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