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Sept 11, 2002 - Television

A friend of a friend in the music industry has compiled a list of the programming that will be aired on 9/11 this year. First Lady Laura Bush has suggested that parents turn off the TV on that day and instead read with their children or light a candle. Not a bad suggestion... for kids, parents, and most of the rest of us...


Following is a listing by network of current broadcast scheduling plans for September 11, 2002. Much of the information provided is directly excerpted from each network's press and affiliate releases. All scheduling and planning remains subject to change.


On September 11, 2002, ABC News plans day-long comprehensive live coverage of events in the United States and around the world to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks. This television event will be anchored by Peter Jennings and feature reports by Diane Sawyer, Charles Gibson, Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel, John Miller, George Stephanopoulos, Claire Shipman, Brian Ross, John McWethy, Pierre Thomas and other ABC News correspondents.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m., ET, with “Good Morning America,” ABC News will feature non-stop coverage until 5:00 p.m., ET. After a break for local news, coverage will continue with “World News Tonight,” followed by four hours of primetime programming, until 11:00 p.m., ET. After another break for the late local news, ABC News’ coverage will conclude with a special edition of “Nightline.”

Please note, the Network is not running any commercial positions, however we will be running a limited number of sponsor announcements throughout the day. Some of these announcements will be contained in billboard positions. The following are details:

Program Title: "9/11"
Network Telecast Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 OTO
Time Period: 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM ET LIVE TO THE FULL NETWORK

Program Title: "9/11: Answering Children's Questions- Looking Back,
Looking Ahead" anchored by Peter Jennings
Network Telecast Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 OTO
Time Period: 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET/3:00 - 4:00 PM CT/ PT 2:00 - 3:00 PM MT


Program Title: "9/11"

Network Telecast Date: Wednesday, September 11, 2002 OTO
Time Period: 7:00 - 11:00 PM ET/ PT 6:00 - 10:00 PM CT/ MT

“Report From Ground Zero,” a two-hour special airing TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, from 9-11PM on the ABC Television Network. Based on the bestselling book by retired firefighter Dennis Smith, this special tells the story of 9/11 through the eyes of “first responders,” firefighters, police officers and Port Authority officers involved on the scene that day and during the months that followed.

On Monday September 9, ABC News' Diane Sawyer and Charles Gibson will host "Good Morning America" live from inside the Pentagon -- the first morning show to broadcast an entire program from behind Pentagon walls. The event will also pay tribute to the victims of the September 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon and will include reports on how life has changed for their families, the survivors and the nation. As part of that tribute, country music superstar Alan Jackson will give a live performance of "Where Were You (When The World Stopped Turning)," his poignant response to the events of September 11.


CBS NEWS will mark the first year anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the World Trade Center and Pentagon with comprehensive all-day live coverage of the day's events. Our coverage will be titled "9/11: The Day That Changed America." Highlights include: 13 hours of live coverage beginning at 7 AM ET; an expanded one hour edition of THE CBS EVENING NEWS with Dan Rather anchoring from Ground Zero; in prime time, 60 MINUTES II Correspondent Scott Pelley's exclusive interview with President George W. Bush from the Oval Office and aboard Air Force One, plus a rebroadcast of the Emmy nominated CBS Special "9/11."

NOTE: President Bush is expected to address the nation from New York in prime time, probably at 9PM ET, although this is not confirmed and is for your planning purposes only. CBS News will carry live coverage of his speech across all time zones; prime time programming will slip accordingly.

7:00- Noon ET We will start the day with a special expanded edition of THE EARLY SHOW anchored by Dan Rather and Jane Clayson from Ground Zero.

Noon - 4:00 PM ET CBS News coverage will continue until 4:00PM ET with Dan Rather anchoring from Ground Zero.

4:00-7:30PM ET Coverage will continue with Russ Mitchell anchoring from CBS News headquarters. This is for the benefit of stations, particularly farther West, that will not be going to local news and will not be airing the CBS Evening News until later.

7:30 PM ET: SPECIAL HALF-HOUR BROADCAST This special half-hour access broadcast will be anchored by Dan Rather at Ground Zero, where live events will still be going on. It is available to any station in the Eastern or Central time zones wishing to stay with news coverage in place of syndicated programming.

THE CBS EVENING NEWS: There will be a one hour expanded special edition of THE CBS EVENING NEWS (6:30-7:30PM ET for East Coast stations and 5:30-6:30PM PT for West Coast Stations). Stations will have the option of taking EITHER the first half-hour or the full hour. EASTERN AND CENTRAL TIME ZONE STATIONS: Coverage highlights for the 6:30PM ET feed will include a special sunset ceremony at the Sphere, the temporary memorial at Battery Park, at 7:11PM ET approx. This ceremony will be attended by President Bush and a significant number of heads of state. WEST COAST TIME ZONE STATIONS: Assuming President Bush speaks at 9 PM ET (6PM PCT), live coverage of the President's address will be contained within the second half-hour of the 5:30-6:30PM PCT broadcast.


8:00-9:00PM ET 60 MINUTES II will feature Scott Pelley's exclusive interview with President Bush, scheduled to take place both aboard Air Force One and in the Oval Office. Bush and his closest advisors will offer an oral history of what happened immediately following the attack, as well as provide their thoughts on the future of America and its place in the world.

9:00-11:00PM ET (or directly following President Bush): The network will rebroadcast the acclaimed CBS Special "9/11" that originally aired on March 10, 2002. {As Nextel Communications will underwrite the encore presentation of "9/11" there will be no national or local commercials or promotional announcements 9-11PM.}


FACE THE NATION: CBS News' coverage of the one year anniversary of the terrorist attacks will kick off the preceding Sunday with an expanded one-hour edition of FACE THE NATION (10:30-11:30 AM, ET), with Bob Schieffer in Washington, D.C., and contributing correspondent Gloria Borger reporting live from Ground Zero in New York.

60 MINUTES: Later that evening, correspondents from 60 MINUTES (7:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT) will provide their signature, in-depth reporting in a special two-hour edition on the stories and issues surrounding the 9/11 attacks. Among them, Ed Bradley's revisit to Summit, N.J., a commuter town that lost many residents, and Morley Safer's follow-up interview with former New York City Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen, who was in charge the day 343 firefighters lost their lives at the World Trade Center.


Below is information updating NBC News’ 9/11 anniversary coverage plans:

Tuesday, September 10th, 2002
9:30 - 11:00 p.m., special 90-minute edition of “Dateline NBC.”

Wednesday, September 11th, 2002

7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., six-hour edition of the “Today” show co-anchored by Katie Couric and Matt Lauer.
1:00 - 4:00 p.m., live NBC News coverage and special Town Hall Meeting anchored by Tom Brokaw.
4:00 - 6:30 p.m., live NBC News coverage continues on the network (also simulcast on MSNBC) with Brian Williams. Affiliated stations will have the opportunity to cut away to their local news programming during this time period.
6:30 - 7:30 p.m., special one-hour broadcast of “NBC Nightly News,” anchored by Tom Brokaw.
7:30 - 8:00 p.m., “9/11: The President’s Team Remembers,” first person accounts from members of the administration about the hours and days immediately following the terrorist attacks.
8:00 - 9:00 p.m., In a special edition of “Dateline NBC,” reported by Tom Brokaw, controllers from air traffic facilities in Boston, N.Y., Washington and Cleveland recount minute-by-minute how the events of the day transpired. The controllers managed to shut down the entire national airspace - something never before done in aviation history.
9:00 - 11:00 p.m., Tom Brokaw hosts the NBC television network’s “Concert for America” in Washington D.C. The concert will take place on September 9th, and will air on NBC on September 11th. “Concert for America” will be produced by NBC in collaboration with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, under the auspices of The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Mrs. Bush is Honorary Chairman of the Committee. The Boeing Company is the underwriter of the event.


FOX NEWS 9/11 SPECIAL - FOX News will produce "9/11 - The Day America Changed", a live special scheduled to air Wednesday, September 11 on the FOX Network. There will be no network commercial inventory but local cut-in opportunities will be available during the special with details TBA. The two-hour special, hosted by Brit Hume from "Ground Zero" in New York City, will analyze what happened on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, and the impact ot the tragedy on America.

In addition, the following is FOX's tentative Level 2 cut-in schedule during the day on September 11. The schedule is subject to change and times are approximate. In the event of breaking news, additional and/or replacement Level 2 advisories will be issued.

**8:30am ET - until conclusion of ceremonies New York City, Washington DC and Shanksville Talent: David Asman

**Approximately 12:30pm - 1:30pm ET President Bush visits the Shanksville site Talent: David Asman

**Approximately 7:10pm ET - until conclusion of ceremony President Bush, Mayor Bloomberg and Gov. Pataki light eternal flame at Battery Park. Talent: Brian Wilson

**9:00pm ET (Mountain and Pacific stations only) President Bush addresses nation from Ellis Island. Talent: Shepard Smith"


"CBS News Productions is creating five 60-second profiles to run on UPN honoring some of the young heroes of 9/11. The network will run the spots on Wednesday, Sept. 11, between 8PM and 10PM and will also make them available to Viacom-owned UPN affiliates for local airing."


"9/11 will be a day remembered by everyone. Many television networks will devote extensive attention to the one-year anniversary of the events of 9/11. Programming on The WB will remain consistent with our brand as a destination for family entertainment; as such we are pleased to provide a safe harbor for those who wish to spend the evening watching quality family programming.

For this reason, The WB has acquired the broadcast premiere of "My Dog Skip" for September 11th. This funny, heartfelt coming-of-age story is based on award-winning author Willie Morris' best-selling memoir of his boyhood.

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