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ABC to dedicate day to 9/11

Net has over 50 pieces in the works

ABC will set aside an entire day to commemorate the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

In place of regular programming, the news division will create comprehensive coverage featuring reports from various anchors and correspondents.

The first out of the gate to announce its treatment of the anniversary, the Alphabet recently won a Peabody Award for its coverage of the cataclysm.

“We have more than 50 pieces in the works,” said ABC News exec veepee Paul Friedman. “There’s so many things that we know now that we didn’t know then.”

Special reports will vary from a reconstruction of the day’s events to a visit to a clinic on Long Island, N.Y., that specializes in post-traumatic stress to a debate over what the World Trade Center memorial should look like.

Alphabet will air commercials that day, but Friedman vowed they will be tastefully separated from the content.

NBC exec veep Alex Constantinople told Daily Variety that it, too, will commemorate the day. “We’ll have extensive primetime coverage on the 10th, and beginning with the ‘Today’ show, we’ll have coverage throughout the day.”

CBS exec veep Sandy Genelius said that there has been lots of discussion at the Eye about the day, but it has nothing to announce just yet. “It’s a little early.”

In March, the network aired a controversial two-hour film about the attacks on the World Trade Center. Almost 40 million viewers tuned in.