Brokaw to focus on 9/11

Journo to air five-part series on commission's report

NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw said Thursday he’s not going to let the virtually news-free Democratic convention overshadow the 9/11 Commission’s report, which was released just days before the media turned most of its attention to the Dems’ gathering in Boston.

Next week, “Nightly News With Tom Brokaw” will take the unusual programming step of airing a five-part series on the report, Brokaw told Daily Variety.

Brokaw said the report — which was released in book form and shot to the top of online bestseller lists in the past week — reveals that much needs to be done to ensure the country’s national security.

Capitol Hill already is planning a series of hearings on the report, prompted in part by ongoing pressure from the families of those killed in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“It is a wakeup call,” Brokaw said. “I was stunned by the lethargic response. Now, it’s been kicked into high gear.”

Brokaw said the five-part series is a “statement.” He said he’s been conducting interviews for the series while in Boston, including asking about the report during an interview with presidential candidate John Kerry.

W.W. Norton & Co. is publisher of the authorized edition of the report.

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