Joe Biden will deliver his first prime-time speech to the nation as President of the United States on Thursday, with remarks scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, meaning broadcast networks will enter their lineups of. ‘regular waiting to cover it.
Biden has a lot to discuss, with the main theme of the first anniversary of the Covid pandemic this week. It comes as a massive $ 1.9 trillion relief package passed by Congress this week heads to his office for signature, the vehicle of Biden’s major bet that the stimulus will help fuel an economy hampered by the virus.
Meanwhile, he has accelerated his initial goal of having enough vaccines for every American by the end of May, even as the death toll in the United States is near 530,000.
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Here’s how news networks plan to cover the event:
ABC News will provide special coverage starting at 8 ET with News from the world tonight anchor David Muir at the head of the team. Earlier this month, Muir took on the task of leading the coverage of major special events and breaking news as the network phased out the title of “leader” that had been given to Hello america co-presenter George Stephanopoulos.
CBS Evening News anchor and editor Norah O’Donnell will lead the network’s coverage at 8 ET, along with Margaret Brennan and Nancy Cordes. It is part of CBS News’ week-long series “The Pandemic: One Year of COVID” through its programs to mark the anniversary. The CBSN streaming service will also broadcast the speech live.
Fox News Channel
The network will broadcast Biden’s speech live at 8 ET.
Chris Hayes will host “All In America: The Year We Meet Again” live from the Lincoln Memorial which will include Biden’s speech. Hayes will be joined by White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain live on set for a one-on-one interview on the administration’s Covid-19 strategy.
NBC Nightly News‘Lester Holt and TodaySavannah Guthrie will host a special prime-time feature at 8 ET to cover the speech live on NBC and the streaming service NBC News Now. The pair return to headlining a special Dateline at 10 ET with talks with Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.
PBS NewsHour provide live coverage at 8 ET with Editor-in-Chief Judy Woodruff as presenter and contributions from White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor; Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins; and Atlantic Editor Alexis Madrigal, co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project.