Networks Plan Live Coverage of Michael Jackson Memorial Service, NBC Joins the Fray

By Andrew Gauthier 

NBC News is joining a host of other news outlets in covering the Staples Center event live, as the AP reports
NBC executives changed their minds Sunday and decided to join other networks that will televise Michael Jackson’s memorial service live this week. NBC joins ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! Entertainment in offering the ceremony live. It’s set for 10 a.m. PDT at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.

NBC had initially planned only a one-hour prime-time special on Tuesday night, but said Sunday it would also cover the event live. It was not immediately clear who would anchor.

Charles Gibson will anchor coverage for ABC, which is setting aside its typical daytime programming.CBS anchor Katie Couric will be at the Staples Center, although the network had not yet said whether it was offering live coverage of the memorial. More…