> Breaking: At 4:17pmET, the verdict was read. Conrad Murray is guilty of involuntary manslaughter in the death of pop star Michael Jackson.
The CBS News special report ran until 4:22pm, ABC’s until 4:23 and NBC’s and FOX’s until 4:24pm. Fox News also ended coverage, anchored by Shepard Smith, at 4:24 when Eric Bolling picked up on “Your World” filling in for Neil Cavuto. HLN, MSNBC and CNN continued through the 4pmET hour.
> Earlier: The networks are preparing a special reports for the verdict in the Michael Jackson wrongful death trial of Dr. Conrad Murray. Around 2:05pmET, the the jury announced it had reached a verdict which will be read around 4pmET.
ABC News will produce a special report with Diane Sawyer anchoring from New York.
Brian Williams Actually now Harry Smith will anchor a network special report for NBC stations and Scott Pelley will anchor a special for CBS stations. Bill Hemmer will anchor for FOX stations.
The cable news channels will all be carrying the verdict. CNN International will simulcast CNN/US beginning at 3:30pmET. HLN will be without the services of trial queen Nancy Grace who is rehearsing for tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars.” Jane Velez Mitchell will lead coverage on HLN and fill in on “Nancy Grace” tonight, which has been the arrangement on previous Monday and Tuesday nights during the ABC dancing competition.