ABC, NBC Announce Lineups for Impeachment Hearing Coverage

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UPDATE: All of the major broadcast networks will pre-empt regular programming on Wednesday and Friday for coverage of the first public hearings of the impeachment inquiry.

ABC and NBC announced their lineups for the hearings on Monday, joining CBS and PBS, which announced their plans last week.

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The hearings will start on Wednesday with Bill Taylor, pictured, and George Kent testifying, followed by Marie Yovanovitch on Friday. They all have previously testified in closed-door hearings.

ABC News’ coverage will feature chief anchor George Stephanopoulos, World News Tonight anchor David Muir, chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, senior White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, senior congressional correspondent Mary Bruce, chief Justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, senior national correspondent Terry Moran, chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and contributor Kate Shaw. Muir will anchor World News Tonight from Washington starting on Wednesday.

ABC News Live will are pre- and post- shows on both days, anchored by chief national affairs correspondent Tom Llamas, and he will be joined by correspondent Kyra Phillips, senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer, legal analyst Melissa Murray, Shaw and the network’s political team. FiveThirtyEight will liveblog the hearings.

NBC News’ coverage will be led by NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt, chief legal correspondent and Today anchor Savannah Guthrie and Meet the Press moderator and NBC news political director Chuck Todd.

Among those who will be contribute to the coverage are chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson, White House correspondents Peter Alexander and Kelly O’Donnell, Justice correspondent Pete Williams, White House correspondent Geoff Bennett and MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake, legal analysts Neal Katyal and Chuck Rosenberg, political analyst Claire McCaskill, legal analyst Paul Butler, NBC News and MSNBC contributor Jon Meacham, presidential historian Michael Beschloss and justice and security analyst Matthew Miller. NBC News national political reporter Jonathan Allen and NBC News White House reporter Shannon Pettypiece will live blog along with additional contributors.

The network also launched a podcast on NBC News Digital called “Article II: Inside Impeachment,” hosted by MSNBC and NBC News national political correspondent Steve Kornacki.

It was a given that the cable news networks would cover the impeachment hearings. On Fox News, anchors Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith will kick off coverage at 9 AM ET. Martha MacCallum, Dana Perino and Juan Williams will join them from New York, while Bret Baier and Chris Wallace will lead coverage from in Washington along with chief White House correspondent John Roberts, congressional reporter and producer Chad Pergram and chief congressional reporter Mike Emanuel. Ken Starr and Andrew McCarthy will provide legal commentary.

Brian Williams and Nicolle Wallace will anchor coverage on MSNBC, starting at 9 AM, and they will be joined by Ari Melber.

PREVIOUSLY, NOV. 8, 8:06 AM: CBS is the first U.S. broadcast network to announce its plans to pre-empt regular daytime programming for coverage of next week’s first public hearings in the impeachment inquiry. All of the broadcast networks are expected to join cable news channels and news streaming services to cover the hearings, which will start Wednesday with the testimony of Bill Taylor, the top diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the European and Eurasian Bureau at the State Department.

CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell will lead coverage of the hearing and another one scheduled for November 15, with testimony from Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine. CBS Evening News also will originate from Washington on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. The newscast is expected to move to Washington permanently by the end of the year.

CBS also said that it will provide coverage on CBSN, its streaming service, along with coverage on CBS News Radio and CBS Newspath. CBS This Morning also will feature interviews and analysis, with co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil joined by 60 Minutes correspondent John Dickerson with historical perspective.

Others contributing to the network coverage include Face the Nation moderator and senior foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Brennan, chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett, chief congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes, political correspondent Ed O’Keefe and White House correspondent Paula Reid. Contributors Jonathan Turley and Kim Wehle will provide analysis.

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