The major broadcast networks have cut back on coverage of the political convention, but viewers will still be able to watch as much as they wish. A number of cable channels are planning extensive coverage. Here is a rundown:
When: 10-11 p.m. (ET) Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Lead anchor: Peter Jennings
Executive producer: Mark Burstein
Distinguishing wrinkle: ABC News is putting the most eggs in the broadband basket. Users can click on ABC News Now (the new name for what was ABC News Live, the division’s subscription broadband service) to watch Mr. Jennings anchor fully produced, extended convention coverage even when the network is not offering convention programming. Affiliates will receive feeds of that broadband coverage to transmit on their local digital spectrum.
When: 10-11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Lead anchor: Dan Rather
Executive producer: Al Ortiz
Distinguishing wrinkle: The network is not devoting a lot of time and energy to what it calls bells and whistles. There’s no charge for the gavel-to-gavel broadband coverage available on the CBS News Web site.
When: “American Morning” originates from the convention, where wall-to-wall coverage will run from “Inside Politics” at 3 p.m. through a fresh “Larry King Live” from midnight to 1 a.m.
Lead anchors: Wolf Blitzer and Judy Woodruff
Executive producer: David Bohrman
Distinguishing wrinkle: The main anchor desk will be on the delegate-filled floor just off the stage and podium where the Democrats’ official program plays out. The desk is not enclosed, but CNN said advances in microphones, earpieces and wireless technology will make it possible to deal with the din of the convention. CNN also plans to put lipstick-size cameras on delegates to provide glimpses of activities behind the scenes.
When: 11-11:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
Lead anchor: Jon Stewart
Executive producers: Mr. Stewart and Ben Karlin
Distinguished wrinkle: A day after the nation will have seen the convention’s lineup, Jon Stewart and “The Daily Show,” from a set at Boston University, will have their inimitable way with it. Among the show’s promises: a short video biography of candidate Kerry and “special guests.” More will be posted on comedycentral.com.
When: Gavel-to-gavel each convention night
Lead anchor: None
Executive producer: Steve Scully
Distinguishing wrinkle: C-SPAN’s ambient-sound-only coverage is expected to be picked up by BBC Parliament, Canada’s CPAC, France’s Public Senat and Germany’s Phoenix.
Fox News Channel
When: 3-5 p.m. and 6-11 p.m. on convention days.
Lead anchor: Brit Hume
Executive producers: Marty Ryan and Thom Bird
Distinguishing wrinkle: Even Bill O’Reilly goes to Boston and will be carried live as Fox aims to keep its prime-time Murderers’ Row in its usual batting positions, with Greta Van Susteren the closer.
When: 10-11 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday
Lead anchors: Tom Brokaw and Tim Russert
Executive producer: Mark Lukasiewicz
Distinguishing wrinkle: Brian Williams, who will inherit Mr. Brokaw’s seat Dec. 1, will be roaming the convention floor. The team that facilitates coverage for NBC News, MSNBC, CNBC and Telemundo will test the roaming limits of a digital microwave system that saves on cabling and gives crews inside Fleet Center more mobility and flexibility. It revolves around one little antenna centrally located in the convention hall.
When: 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Monday through Thursday; updates throughout the day
Lead anchor: Chris Matthews
Executive producer: Tammy Haddad
Distinguishing wrinkle: Mr. Matthews will be operating from nearby Faneuil Hall, on an open set that can handle an assortment of delegates, guests and spectators. In a break from precedent, Tom Brokaw begins his farewell election tour by hosting an MSNBC show, “Brokaw in Boston,” from 4-4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
When: Coverage will be limited largely to reporting within the network’s morning show, its 5-6 p.m. magazine and 6:30-7 p.m. evening newscast, with news briefs throughout each convention day.
Lead anchor: Pedro Sevcec
Executive producer: Berta Castaner
Distinguishing wrinkle: The network has scheduled an hour starting at 10 p.m. Thursday to carry John Kerry’s acceptance speech, with simultaneous translation into Spanish.
When: 8 p.m. through the conclusion of official activities each night.
Lead anchor: Jim Lehrer
Executive producer: Les Crystal, “NewsHour” executive producer
Distinguishing wrinkle: “We continue to see conventions as important events,” said a spokesman for the “NewsHour.”
When: Reports on the convention will be carried within the network’s morning news-variety program “Despierta America,” and 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. editions of “Noticiero Univision” will originate from the conventions.
Lead anchors: Jorge Ramos, Maria Elena Salinas and Enrique Gratas
Executive producer: Lourdes Torres
Distinguishing wrinkle: Simultaneous translation of Sen. Kerry’s speech into Spanish.