Broadcast Networks Will Break Into Regularly Scheduled Programming at 2 p.m. ET to Carry the George Floyd Memorial Service

By A.J. Katz 

Television news networks will present live coverage of the George Floyd memorial service from Minneapolis beginning at 2 p.m.ET/1 p.m. CT.

Lester Holt will anchor NBC News’ special coverage of the memorial service from Minneapolis, which will air on both the NBC TV network and on the network’s streaming news service NBC News Now.

Then, at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. local time, Holt will anchor NBC Nightly News live from Minneapolis. He will also helm an NBC News special in the 10 p.m. hour, titled America in Crisis. Holt will be joined by NBC Newsers Craig Melvin, Kate Snow and Blayne Alexander reporting from across the country, as well as public figures including actor Sterling K. Brown, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Charlamagne Tha God, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo, and activist Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative .


Additionally, Melvin will co-host NBC’s Today show and MSNBC’s 11 a.m. hour live from Minneapolis.

Speaking of MSNBC, Brian Williams, the network’s breaking news anchor, will helm coverage of the memorial service starting at 2 p.m. ET on MSNBC.

ABC News will also take the George Floyd memorial service live from 2-4 p.m. ET, with ABC News Live Prime anchor Linsey Davis and correspondent Alex Perez reporting live from Minneapolis. Reports will air on World News Tonight, Nightline, ABC News Live Prime and GMA on Friday.

ABC News will have up-to-the-minute digital coverage of the memorial service on and ABC News and GMA social pages, along with live updates on the protests occurring around the country.

ABC News Live, the network’s streaming news channel, will have live coverage of the memorial service anchored by senior national correspondent Terry Moran and live on-the-ground reporting from Minneapolis.

Davis will anchor the streaming channel’s evening news program, ABC News Live Prime, live from Minneapolis at 7 and 9 p.m. ET. Social newscast On Location will have a recap of the memorial service on Friday, exclusively for Facebook Watch.

ABC News Radio will offer live anchored coverage of the services anchored by correspondent Aaron Katersky. The coverage will feature reporting by Radio correspondents Ryan Burrow in Minneapolis and Jim Ryan in Houston. ABC News Radio will also provide an hour of live anchored coverage—instant specials—each evening this week beginning at 8:06 p.m. ET. The special coverage will include developments in the Floyd case, the latest on the protests and insight into the feelings of hurt and outrage sweeping the nation. ABC News Radio will also offer one-minute status reports at least once an hour throughout the ceremonies, adding more as news warrants. ABC Audio’s Start Here podcast hosted by Brad Mielke will also cover the service.

ABC NewsOne, the affiliate news service of ABC News, will provide coverage with multiplatform reporter Alex Presha reporting from Minneapolis.

ABC News aired a prime-time special last night, America in Pain: What Comes Next? which was anchored by Robin RobertsDavid Muir and Byron Pitts.

CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell will anchor CBS’ coverage of the service, beginning at 2 p.m. ET from Minneapolis. She’ll be joined by CBS News chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues and CBS News national correspondent Jamie Yuccas in Minneapolis. CBS News national correspondent Jericka Duncan will provide additional reporting from New York.

CBS This Morning co-hosts Gayle King, Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil will begin the network’s coverage tomorrow at 7 a.m. ET on CBS This Morning. The broadcast will feature an interview with Floyd’s family, plus an interview with Congressman John Lewis and continuing coverage of the protests taking place across the country.

O’Donnell will also anchor the CBS Evening News from Minneapolis later that evening.

CBSN, CBS News’ free 24/7 news streaming service, will provide live coverage of the memorial service throughout the day.

CBS News Radio will provide live, anchored special reports tomorrow featuring coverage from Minneapolis. The special reports will be broadcast on CBS Radio affiliate stations and on SiriusXM’s P.O.T.U.S. Channel 124.

CBS Newspath, CBS News’ newsgathering organization providing news and information to 200+ affiliates nationwide and to broadcasters around the world, will feature extensive coverage and digital content of George Floyd’s memorial service. CBS News correspondents Michael George, Skyler Henry and Natalie Brand will report from Minneapolis.

Noticias Telemundo presents En Memoria de George Floyd, a live news special covering the memorial service of George Floyd. The coverage will feature the latest news and analysis. Beginning at 2 p.m. ET/1 p.m. CT, a team of Telemundo correspondents will report live from Minneapolis, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC.

The special coverage will air live on Telemundo and livestream simultaneously on, the Noticias Telemundo Mobile App, and Noticias Telemundo’s YouTube, Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Noticias Telemundo anchors José Díaz-Balart and Vanessa Hauc will host the special coverage.

Telemundo also aired a prime-time news special this past Monday.

Fox News will also present continuous live coverage of the memorial service honoring George Floyd.

The Daily Briefing anchor Dana Perino will helm the network’s special coverage beginning at 2 p.m. ET. Additionally, the network will offer a simulcast of the service for all local Fox affiliates with anchor Eric Shawn beginning at 2 p.m./ET.

Throughout the day, live reports on the ground in Minneapolis will be provided by correspondents Mike Tobin, Matt Finn and Steve Harrigan. Additional contributions surrounding the service will be made by FNC contributors Donna Brazile and Lawrence Jones, as well as Rep. Will Hurd (R-Texas), who recently marched in Houston, in honor of Floyd, among others.

Fox News Digital will stream the service live on while Fox News Audio will provide coverage across all platforms, including Fox News Headlines 24/7, smart speaker hourly updates and reporting on the Fox News Rundown podcast.

Univision’s Viviana Ávila will report live from the university, and the network will also have correspondents reporting about possible protests in the cities that have experienced major mobilizations, including Washington D.C., Los Angeles and Nueva York.

Then on Friday, PBS NewsHour will present an hourlong special, Race Matters: America in Crisis. The program will premiere on PBS stations nationwide on Friday at 9 p.m.

The prime-time special will be anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff and include contributions from PBS NewsHour senior national correspondent Amna Nawaz, White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor and special correspondent Charlayne Hunter-Gault.

Race Matters: America in Crisis will focus on the frustration pouring out onto American streets, outrage about police brutality, and America’s deep systemic racial disparities in the economy, education, criminal justice and healthcare, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. The program will also include grassroots voices from around the country and roundtable conversations of thought leaders, newsmakers and experts.

Expected guests include:

Ava DuVernay

  • Writer, producer, director and film distributor

Darren Walker

  • President, Ford Foundation

Tracie Keesee

  • Co-founder and senior vice president of justice initiatives, Center for Policing Equity

Tef Poe

  • Co-founder of Hands Up United and rapper

Nikole Hannah Jones

  • Domestic correspondent, The New York Times and creator of the 1619 Project

Dr. Lauren Powell

  • Executive director, TIME’s UP Healthcare

William A. “Sandy” Darity Jr.

  • Samuel DuBois Cook Professor of Public Policy, African and African American Studies, and Economics and director, Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity at Duke University

Bakari Sellers

  • Attorney, author, and former South Carolina State Representative

Cleveland Sellers

  • Civil rights activist, co-leader of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee, former director of the African American Studies program at the University of South Carolina and former president of Voorhees College.