Thursday, July 31, 2008

NBC to broadcast all 4 nights of the convention

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The last few conventions the broadcast networks have been covering just 3 nights of each convention. NBC has always has the best excuse, saying viewers could always watch full coverage on MSNBC. Well, NBC has stepped up (at least a little) to its public responsibility, and will broadcast an hour all 4 nights:

"NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams leads the network's four nights of coverage from each convention, while MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews anchor coverage on cable. Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will contribute unparalleled reporting and analysis on both the NBC network and on MSNBC throughout both conventions.
and in a nice touch
Luke Russert joins NBC News in his first assignment for Decision 2008 as correspondent at large for the conventions, focusing on youth issues. Luke Russert recently graduated from Boston College with a double major in History and Communications. Since March of 2006, he has co-hosted the critically acclaimed sports radio talk show "60/20 Sports" with political pundit James Carville on XM Satellite Radio. On "60/20 Sports" he has interviewed the likes of former President Clinton, former President George Bush, Bill Russell, Cal Ripken Jr. and Lance Armstrong. Luke is the son of the late Tim Russert and of Vanity Fair writer Maureen Orth.
It will be interesting to see if the two other major broadcast news networks, ABC and CBS, follow NBC's lead.