Friday, August 15, 2008

Media gearing up for convention

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Despite what Jack Shafer says, there are 15,000 media attending the convention. From the Denver Post, here' s a roundup of some of the media plans:

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews will be based outside Union Station. Olbermann, talking about the 20-hour-a-day marathon broadcasts planned by MSNBC, said, "Looking ahead to the conventions, we had finally hit on the formula that integrated MSNBC and NBC News. The guy we were going to lean on was Tim (Russert). I think we'd be best advised to take that time we were going to give to Tim and just be silent in his memory. . . . I don't know what we're going to do without him. I mean that in the philosophical way but also practically speaking."

"Morning Joe" will telecast live from Sam's No. 3 Grill & Bar; Matt Lauer will co-anchor "Today" from Denver on Thursday and Friday. Brian Williams leads the NBC/MSNBC team with Tom Brokaw lending expertise.

Gwen Ifill, host of PBS's "Washington Week" and contributor to "The NewsHour With Jim Lehrer," said the PBS coverage, slated for 6-9 p.m. locally during the DNC, aims to explain "why this is consequential." "NewsHour" is the first network office up and running at the Pepsi Center.

"We used to consider ourselves gavel-to-gavel; that doesn't make sense any more for lots of reasons. We're not CSPAN. They perform a public service, but we provide more than that."
While the commercial broadcast networks are down to one prime-time hour of convention coverage per night, PBS plans three. NPR likewise will produce three hours a night, anchored by Andrea Seabrook, host of the weekend edition of NPR's "All Things Considered." On the final night, Aug. 28, a one-hour call-in special hosted by Neal Conan of "Talk of the Nation" will give listeners a chance to express their views after Obama's acceptance speech.