Bin Laden Killed: Coverage Plans for Monday, Networks Expand Evening Newscasts to One Hour

By Alex Weprin 

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Updated: The broadcast news divisions and cable news channels are planning special programming and coverage today, part of their continuing coverage of the news that Osama Bin Laden was killed by U.S. forces in Pakistan.

CBS News is planning a special one-hour edition of the “CBS Evening News with Katie Couric” tonight. Couric will anchor from Ground Zero in New York, with CBS news correspondents reporting from across the U.S. and the globe. CBS News chairman Jeff Fager says they will also consider expanded coverage tomorrow and later in the week, and the networks is planning reports for next Sunday’s “60 Minutes.”

ABC News is planning a one-hour edition of “ABC World news with Diane Sawyer” tonight. In addition, “Nightline” will be one-hour tonight.

NBC News will also have a one-hour evening newscast tonight, with Brian Williams anchoring “NBC Nightly News” from Ground Zero.

On Fox News, Shepard Smith is en route back to New York, where he will anchor from Ground Zero at 7 Pm ET tonight. Smith had been on a vacation overseas. Bill Hemmer will anchor the 3 PM hour, while Smith is en route. Greta Van Susteren will anchor her program from the Pantagon memorial in Arlington, VA.

On CNN, Anderson Cooper will anchor from Ground Zero from 3-5 PM ET, joined by Wolf Blitzer in Washington. Blitzer will take over as solo anchor at 5 PM. On “Piers Morgan Tonight,” guests will include the former sister-in-law of Bin Laden, Bob Woodward, Tom Ridge, Rudolph Giuliani and John Kerry, among others. Like wise 8 PM’s “In the Arena” will originate from 4 World trade Center.

On HLN, Jane Velez-Michell will anchor her program from Ground Zero as well.

“BBC World News America” will also originate from Ground Zero tonight.

We will update this story when we have coverage plans from the other networks.