The top broadcasters will air a speech from aspiring first lady Ann Romney, after the organizers of the Republican National Convention said they would move her keynote address to Tuesday night, reports the Los Angeles Times.
As previously reported, the broadcasters had planned to skip her speech tonight, opting instead to air scripted programs — including reruns of “Castle” (ABC), “Grimm” (NBC) and “Hawaii Five-0” (CBS).
The problem arose out of the Republicans’ decision to extend the convention by one day, making the event a four-day affair, the story notes. The major networks planned to cover the GOP event and the Democratic conferences equally, giving each three days of coverage.
"Some conservatives had called the decision not to broadcast Romney’s speech — the biggest platform yet for the candidate’s wife — a snub. But the networks’ hands were tied, according to a source not authorized to speak publicly on the matter," the article points out.
Another factor in revising the convention schedule was the threat posed by Tropical Storm Isaac as it headed toward the Gulf of Mexico. Convention organizers made additional tweaks to the schedule Sunday night, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“Isaac is expected to hit between southeastern Louisiana and the Florida Panhandle either late Tuesday or early Wednesday, reports citing the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The storm was predicted to bypass Tampa but events were postponed due to the likelihood of strong rain and wind,” WSJ reported Sunday.
The report adds: “Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will gavel the convention open on Monday afternoon, then recess the proceedings shortly afterwards.”
Speeches by Ann Romney, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, among others, are now slated for Tuesday.