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TV-News Outlets Prepare for Coverage of Ferguson Verdict

The nation’s TV-news outlets are preparing to jump on news of the grand jury verdict in the case of the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, a clear indication of the interest the incident has generated across the United States.

*An ABC News spokesman said the network was prepared to break into its schedule to offer a special report led by Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos, along with live reports from Ferguson.

*NBC News said Brian Williams will anchor a special report covering the announcement.

*CBS News said Scott Pelley will anchor a special report this evening from New York on the Ferguson verdict

*An MSNBC spokeswoman said primetime host Chris Hayes was heading to Ferguson, while correspondents Trymaine Lee, Zack Roth and Amanda Sakuma were already on the ground there. Craig Melvin is doing reports for both MSNBC and “Today,” the spokeswoman said.

*Fox News Channel  will broadcast live coverage until 1 a.m. ET. Shepard Smith will anchor a live hour at 11 p.m. and Megyn Kelly will return for a second live hour at midnight. Correspondents Mike Tobin, Steve Harrigan and Adam Housley who are all on the ground in Clayton, Missouri, will contribute.

*CNN at present expected to present live coverage during current primetime programming.

*Al Jazeera America’s flagship show, “America Tonight,” has  Lori Jane Gliha reporting live from Ferguson. Correspondent John Terrett will report live from Clayton, Missouri, outside the facility where the jury is stationed. Robert Ray, Sebastian Walker and Al Jazeera English’s Daniel Lak are all on the ground in Ferguson. Lak is following a group of students from the area trying to keep their grades up during the chaos in their town.

*Fusion expects to have live coverage from Ferguson when the  decision is announced. Fusion anchor Mariana Atencio, who is on the ground in Ferguson, will anchor special coverage tonight on “Fusion Live.” Senior Correspondent Tim Pool will provide live-streaming coverage at various times throughout the day for Fusion’s digital platform.

*Fox Business Network said Neil Cavuto will anchor a special edition of “Cavuto” tonight at 8 p.m. ET  covering the Ferguson Grand Jury decision and its economic impact.

*BET Correspondent Marc Lamont Hill will host a commercial-free half hour special on Ferguson on Wednesday, November 26 at 10:30 p.m. ET.

[Updated, 4:44 PM PT]


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