Sotomayor Hearings Will Be Covered Live By Cable News, Not Major Networks

By Andrew Gauthier 

The Senate hearings on the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court will get full gavel-to-gavel coverage on the all news cable channels starting Monday morning, but none of the broadcast network news divisions plan to provide live television coverage of the event.

Bill Carter of Media Decoder has the details…
NBC News will have its sister cable channel MSNBC covering the event, but both ABC News and CBS News will have a live presence at the event only on their Web sites. All three broadcast networks had live television coverage led by their chief anchors of the memorial service for Michael Jackson this week.

The Sotomayor hearings are scheduled to begin Monday at 10 a.m. CNNs coverage will be anchored by Wolf Blitzer, with commentary from a range of contributors including CNNs legal correspondent Jeffrey Toobin and chief national correspondent John King.

Fox News will begin its coverage at 9 a.m. with Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier as the anchors. Carl Cameron will report from inside the hearing room. Commentators will include Chris Wallace, Juan Williams and Greta Van Susteren.

Chris Matthews will be the anchor for MSNBCs coverage. Other NBC correspondents, including Andrea Mitchell and Pete Williams, will participate. More…