Washington D.C. this weekend will be full of entertainment industry
figures, the spotlight of of national and international media and very
intense security, but the accepted conventional wisdom is that President
Obama’s second inaugural will be a far cry from the first.

It may be a good thing, what with the crush of as many as 2 million
people on and around the National Mall four years ago, when traffic so
choked that taxi drivers refused crosstown fares and it was so bitterly
cold that musicians playing at a Lincoln Memorial concert had trouble
triking chords because of frozen fingers.

This time around, temperatures are expected to be in the 40s, and
fewer people are expected, although no one knows for sure whether D.C.
will catch a logistical break. The swearing in at the Capitol on Monday,
which will feature James Taylor, Beyonce and Kelly Clarkson, isn’t even
the historic event, but a ceremonial one. Whenever Jan. 20 falls on a
Sunday, the Capitol event is moved a day later but the real swearing in,
required in the Constitution, still takes place, this time at the White
House with limited press coverage.

Yet even as inaugural planners have scaled back their events —
there are two official inaugural balls, down from 10 in 2009, and no
concert at the Lincoln Memorial — news networks and other media
outlets are still heavily invested in all of the pageantry, pomp and

The broadcast networks will have their lead anchors leading
coverage on Sunday and Monday, sweetened with second-screen social media
or online streaming of Obama’s inaugural address and other events.
Here’s what they’re planning:

CBS News: Coverage, anchored by Scott Pelley, will include Bob
Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell, as well as “CBS This Morning” from the
National Mall in an extended three-hour edition on Monday.

NBC: Lester Holt will anchor NBC News coverage on Sunday, and
Brian Williams will lead coverage on Monday, with historians Doris
Kearns Goodwin and Michael Beschloss among those offering analysis. NBC
News.com will include a 180-degree panoramic view of the Monday

ABC: Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos anchor ABC News
coverage of the swearing in on Sunday, and will be based at the Newseum
for coverage on Monday, with plans for an interview with former
Secretary of State Colin Powell. ABC News and Yahoo! are jointly
producing live-streamed coverage across a number of web platforms, with
Dan Harris and Olivier Knox anchoring. ABC News and Yahoo! News also
will stream a post-inaugural show on Tuesday, “After: The Second
Inauguration of President Barack Obama.”

Fox: Fox News’ Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly will anchor coverage of
the private ceremony on Sunday and public event and parade on Monday,
with Brit Hume, Chris Wallace and “The Five” co-hosts Bob Beckel, Dana
Perino and Juan Williams offering analysis along with contributors
Charles Krauthammer, Stephen Hayes, Kirsten Powers, Karl Rove and Joe
Trippi. Jon Scott and Jenna Lee will anchor from New York after Sunday’s
official swearing-in, while several shows will be live from Lafayette
Park on Monday, including “America’s Newsroom” anchors Bill Hemmer and
Martha MacCallum; Shepard Smith; and “Your World” host Neil Cavuto.

CNN: CNN has built a large broadcast platform at the National
Mall, with an emphasis on putting its lead anchors in the middle of the
activity. Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper anchor on Sunday, with a
primetime special that evening along with special editions of “Piers
Morgan Tonight” and “Anderson Cooper 360.” On Monday, Blitzer will be
live from the Capitol, and Cooper will be on the National Mall along
with the network’s team of correspondents and analysts. “The Situation
Room with Wolf Blitzer” will be live from Lafayette Park on Monday
afternoon, and Cooper will anchor coverage from the Mall that evening,
with Morgan and Erin Burnett inside the Inaugural Balls. Author David
Maraniss and historian Goodwin will offer perspective. The network also
has teamed up with Facebook and Instagram to capture spectators’ views
and stories.

MSNBC: Chuck Todd will anchor coverage of the Sunday swearing-in
on MSNBC, followed by Alex Witt at 12:30 p.m. On Monday, “Way Too Early”
and “Morning Joe” will be live from The Dubliner in D.C., with the
broadcast open to the public. Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews anchor
coverage of the Capitol Hill ceremony and parade, with Lawrence
O’Donnell, Ed Schultz and Rev. Al Sharpton, along with a long lineup of
contributors and analysts. “Way Too Early” and “Morning Joe” return to
The Dubliner on Tuesday morning.