Here’s How News Networks Are Covering Mark Zuckerberg’s Testimony Before Congress

By A.J. Katz Comment

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg will make an appearance before members of Congress this afternoon and Wednesday morning. In two days of hearings, he will face questions on how and why Facebook failed to protect the data of many millions of its users.

The Congressional hearings were prompted by the revelation that Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign, obtained data of roughly 87 million Facebook users to profile potential voters.

Senate and House lawmakers will also ask Zuckerberg about the spread of fake news on Facebook, and how Russians interfered during the 2016 presidential election by using the social media tool.

The joint Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees will hold their hearing at 2:15 p.m. ET today, and Zuckerberg will appear before the House Energy and Commerce Committee at 10 a.m. ET on Wednesday.

Here’s how TV news is covering the proceedings:

ABC

ABC News will be doing a network special report on Zuckerberg. Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos anchors with Congressional Correspondent Mary Bruce from the Hill. ABC News will carry it online via live stream as well.

Bloomberg

Bloomberg Television will cover starting at 1:30 pm ET with Bloomberg Technology: Washington with Emily Chang reporting from DC, and go live with Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony starting approximately at 2:30 pm ET.

TicToc by Bloomberg will bring to Twitter special live coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional testimony.

Viewers can go to @TicToc live stream from their mobile app or desktop, or watch via live.twitter.com/tictoc. Bloomberg coverage will be hosted by Bloomberg Technology editor Brad Stone, who will go live at 1:45 pm ET on Tuesday leading up to the 2:15 pm hearing to provide real-time updates and contextual analysis of conversations taking place on Twitter.

Joining Stone will be Bloomberg News politics reporter Sahil Kapur who will provide relevant updates from Capitol Hill as well as Sarah Frier, tech reporter to provide insight into what the stakes are for Silicon Valley.

Viewers can watch the pre-analysis and live stream the hearing directly on Twitter. During the hearing, TicToc will provide a round-up of key facts, a “What We Know” rundown for those tuning in throughout the hearing, and highlights of key Tweets relevant to the news.

On Wednesday, Stone will also host the live stream of the 10 a.m. ET testimony with the House Energy and Commerce Panel.

CBSN

CBS’s streaming news network, will provide coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress beginning today at 1:00pm ET anchored by CBSN’s Tanya Rivero leading into the Senate Judiciary and Commerce hearing at 2:15pm ET. CBSN will stream the hearing in its entirety throughout the afternoon followed by analysis from CBS News correspondents and industry experts. CBSN’s Elaine Quijano will provide a full recap and ongoing analysis during Red & Blue at 9:00pm ET.

On Wednesday, special coverage will begin at 9:30am ET anchored by CBSN’s Vladimir Duthiers and Anne Marie Green. CBSN will carry the House Energy and Commerce hearing live at 10:00am ET followed by analysis from CBS News correspondents and industry experts.   CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett will provide a full recap and ongoing analysis of the hearings during Red & Blue at 9:00pm ET.

CNBC

CNBC will air the testimony live both today and tomorrow as well as livestream on CNBC.com.  Julia Boorstin and Kayla Tausche, both in Washington today and tomorrow, will lead the on-air coverage.  Julia will focus on Facebook while Kayla will report on the Washington and policy angles. 

For CNBC Digital,  Sara Salinas will be covering the tech angle and Jacob Pramuk will cover the Washington angle.  CNBC will also offer the testimony unauthenticated on AppleTV, YouTube and Amazon Fire TV.

CNN

Jake Tapper will lead CNN’s coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate committees this afternoon. Joining Jake Tapper on set will be Gloria Borger, Chris Cillizza, Jeffrey Toobin and Dylan Byers. Laurie Segall, who has reported extensively on Facebook and has previously interviewed Mark Zuckerberg, will be live from Capitol Hill.

FBN

Fox Biz will provide special live coverage of Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before Congress today starting at 2 p.m. FBN’s Trish Regan will kick off the special coverage, with Deirdre Bolton reporting live from Capitol Hill. The majority of FBN’s special coverage will be presented commercial-free.

Fox News

Fox News Channel will also provide wall-to-wall coverage of Zuckerberg’s testimony. Dana Perino will lead off the network’s special coverage starting at 2 p.m. with Mike Emanuel and Peter Doocy reporting live from Capitol Hill.

HLN

Erica Hill and Brian Stelter lead coverage.

NBC News/MSNBC

Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie will co-anchor special coverage of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony at a joint hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee and Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation beginning today in the 2:00 p.m. E.T. hour. The duo will anchor coverage from 30 Rock.

Also joining the special report:

  • Jo Kent, NBC News correspondent, from Capitol Hill
  • Kasie Hunt, NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent, from Capitol Hill
  • Kara Swisher, ReCode Executive Editor, from San Francisco

Beginning at 2 p.m. E.T. on MSNBC, NBC News correspondent and MSNBC Live host Katy Tur will be joined by All In host Chris Hayes and MSNBC Live host Ali Velshi to preview Zuckerberg’s testimony and offer analysis leading up to the hearing. In addition, MSNBC correspondent Garrett Haake will be live from Capitol Hill, providing real time updates on-air throughout the day.

Around 1:45 p.m. E.T., Savannah Sellers, host of Stay Tuned on Snapchat, and MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff will host a digital pre-show, which will stream on NBCNews.com and on NBC News’ YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter channels. Following the live stream of the full testimony, Sellers and MSNBC correspondent David Gura will host a digital post-show.

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