The big three broadcasters will air Pres. Barack Obama’s news conference Wednesday night at 8pmET, the 100th day of the Obama administration.
But one network will not cover the news conference — FOX. Repeated calls to FOX to check on their plans went unanswered this afternoon, but THR’s James Hibberd has a FOX statement: “Fox’s sister networks, Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network, will air the press conference in its entirety. Fox will be alerting viewers with an onscreen graphic at the top of the 8:00 PM (ET) hour that the press conference is available on Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network.”
Charlie Gibson, Katie Couric and Brian Williams will anchor for their respective networks, with Couric in D.C. and Gibson and Williams in NY. Couric will anchor a live Webcast following the CBS broadcast.
At 8pmET, FOX will air a new episode of “Lie to Me.”
> Update at 5:20pmET: A FOX spokesperson did get back to us and confirmed the network would not be taking the newser.
There is, however, some precedent to the decision by FOX. In October of 2000 FOX chose not to take one of the presidential debates, while FOX (as well as CBS and NBC) chose not to air President George W. Bush’s speech in November 2001.