RNC & Gustav: Prime Time Notes

By Chris Ariens Comment

We’ve gotten word from network insiders here in St. Paul, what the plan is for cable coverage tonight:

• Fox News Channel will remain live until 2amET tomorrow morning (later if news warrants) with coverage from the Gulf coast and reports from the RNC as well. Greta Van Susteren interviewed Laura Bush and Cindy McCain to air later tonight. Shepard Smith anchors a special hour at 11pmET. Fox & Friends will begin at 5amET tomorrow.

• On CNN Campbell Brown anchors a two hour Hurricane/RNC special from 7-9pmET. Larry King Live will air live at both 9pm & Midnight. And AC360 from 10-12pmET. Anderson Cooper has an exclusive interview with Sen. Barack Obama.

• MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann anchors coverage from New York from 7pm-11pmET. Chris Matthews will provide reports from Xcel Center and the RNC. Morning Joe is back on the schedule tomorrow from St. Paul.

And as mentioned earlier all three broadcast networks will produce 10pmET specials which will be focused heavily on Hurricane Gustav but include coverage from the truncated day #1 of the RNC. On ABC it will be a special edition of 20/20, NBC’s is a Dateline special, and CBS will produce a special report at 10pmET.