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Court TV Plans Full Coverage of Roberts Hearings

Sep 8, 2005  •  Post A Comment

While most news networks feel compelled to juggle coverage of the confirmation hearings scheduled to begin Monday on John Roberts Jr.’s nomination to be chief justice of the Supreme Court and their continuing coverage of Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, Court TV plans full, live coverage of the Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings.

Chief anchor and Managing Editor Fred Graham will preside in Washington over the coverage, which will include commentary from Harvard law professor and author Alan Dershowitz and Ken Starr, dean of Pepperdine University Law School and the independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation and President Clinton’s impeachment hearings.

Fox News Channel plans to cover Mr. Roberts’ opening statement live and then let developments dictate when it focuses on the questioning of Mr. Roberts or other news stories throughout the hearings.

CNN plans to expand its new Washington-based show, “The Situation Room,” to juggle coverage of the hearings and other news.

MSNBC expects to dip in and out of the hearings as warranted.

The broadcast network news divisions will be on standby to do special reports on the Senate hearings if necessary.