The news of Steve Jobs’ death broke around 7:35pmET.
ABC News produced a special reported anchored by Terry Moran in New York at 7:45pmET. CBS News produced a special report at 7:46pmET anchored by Scott Pelley in CBS’s London bureau. NBC News produced a network special at 8:12pmET anchored by George Lewis in the Los Angeles bureau.
On cable, Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs was first to report the news at 7:38pmET. Dobbs is hosting a special report during the 9pmET hour in place of “America’s Nightly Scoreboard.” Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith reported the news at 7:39pm, Erin Burnett on CNN reported the story at 7:41 as did Bloomberg and CNBC. MSNBC reported the news at 7:43. Fox News anchor Clayton Morris may have said it best, about the impact of Jobs’s creations on our daily lives, telling Dobbs, “I learned about Steve Jobs’ death on my iPhone. I am talking to you right now using a Macintosh computer, using software that’s allowing me to speak with you.”
CNBC and Bloomberg are also going overtime. CNBC’s Tyler Mathisen hosted a live special which ran until 10pmET when the network then aired its “Titans: Steve Jobs” program. Bloomberg is staying live until MidnightET and will air a live Charlie Rose hour at 10pmET which will include an interview with Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt.
CNN continued live all night with Wolf Blitzer in for Piers Morgan and 9pm, a new hour of AC360 at 10pm and a re-air of that hour preempting “Erin Burnett: OutFront,” at 11pmET.