Whitney Houston Funeral Getting Extensive Cable Coverage

By Alex Weprin Comment

The funeral for Whitney Houston will take place on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, and while it is private, cable news is planning extensive coverage.

The funeral will be streamed online at the AP’s livestream page, so fans can bypass cable news if they so choose. In addition, users can expect to watch the AP stream on many news sites including FoxNews.com and CNN.com (even though CNN does not subscribe to AP content, the AP’s coverage is pool coverage, so CNN can use it). Those that do turn on their TV’s will have a number of options.

CNN seems to have the most comprehensive coverage lined up, with Piers Morgan, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien anchoring from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Saturday and Sunday evening Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Randi Kaye will host primetime specials looking at Houston’s life.

Fox News will be covering the funeral live from 11:30 AM-2PM, with Jon Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchoring in New York. Kelly Wright will report from outside the church in Newark.

On MSNBC, “Weekends with Alex Witt” will cover the funeral from noon-2 PM, with Craig Melvin reporting from Newark.

HLN will have live coverage starting at 9 AM, anchored by Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks, joined by Jane Velez-Mitchell and AJ Hammer from Newark.

BET and its sister-network Centric are also planning live coverage starting at 11:30 AM. Correspondents April Woodard and Lola Oguinake will report from New Jersey. That evening the channels will air a special “BET Remembers Whitney,” looking back on the singer’s life.

E! will have live coverage starting at 11:30 AM, led by correspondent Jason Kennedy.