Networks’ D-Day +70 Coverage Plans

By Jordan Chariton 

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D-day_Normandy_Nara_26-G-2343Broadcast and cable news networks will provide special coverage this week for the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France.

“CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley” is doing a weeklong series, with correspondents Jim Axelrod, Mark Phillips and Dean Reynolds speaking to World War II veterans about their stories from the invasion. Phillips and Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante, fresh off a cycling tour of France, will provide coverage from Normandy on Friday’s 70th anniversary.

Brian Williams will anchor special editions of “NBC Nightly News” from the site of the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach on Thursday and Friday. Joining Williams on-the-ground in Normandy will be special correspondent and author of “The Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw, chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd, and national correspondent Peter Alexander. And on the evening of the anniversary Friday, NBC News will air an 8pmET primetime special, “Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy,” spotlighting four World War II veterans as they make their return to Normandy.

On Friday, “World News with Diane Sawyer” will air the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy this week for the first time since he and the Allied troops invaded Normandy on June 6, 1944. Chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl will also report from Normandy on Friday, as he covers President Obama’s speech.

Fox News’ Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry will travel to Normandy to cover President Obama’s speech on the D-Day anniversary. Correspondent Amy Kellogg will also contribute reports from London.

CNN’s chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will lead coverage from Normandy, joined by correspondents Michele Kosinski, Jim Acosta, Jim Bitterman, and Max Foster. The CNN team will cover major ceremonies and President Obama’s speech throughout programming on Friday.

MSNBC airs special coverage Friday beginning at 4amET, hosted by Alex Witt with Mike Barnicle reporting from Normandy. Barnicle and Tom Brokaw will join “Morning Joe” from Normandy. Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell will host their MSNBC programs live from Normandy.

Al Jazeera America White House Correspondent Mike Viqueira and correspondent Dana Lewis will report from Normandy, covering anniversary events. The network will also air preview pieces starting today, talking with veterans in New Orleans and Denver, and then speaking with veterans in Normandy for the anniversary.

(Photo Credit: Chief Photographer’s Mate Robert F. Sargent, USCG)