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TV-News Outlets Change Evening Plans for Brussels Coverage

Several major TV-news outlets will change or expand their programming to devote coverage to the terrorist attacks that took place in Brussels.

CBS, ABC and NBC will all broadcast hour-long versions of their evening-news programs, “The CBS Evening News,” “World News Tonight” and “NBC Nightly News.” All three programs typically last just 30 minutes. Fox News Channel plans to broadcast live versions of both “The O’Reilly Factor” at 8 p.m. and “Hannity” at 10 p.m., while Bret Baier will anchor the 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. hours for the cable-news network. Shep Smith, who will hold forth from London, then Brussels, will hold forth at various points during coverage. “Nightline,” the ABC News late-night program, will devote its entire program to the attacks as well.

Explosions burst out at Brussels Airport and the Maelbeek subway station, killing 30 people, if not more. More than 230 have been reported wounded.

The programming changes will cap off a flurry of maneuvers aimed at helping the networks accommodate a day that is busier than normal.

On CBS, Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and Anthony Mason began extended coverage at 6 a.m. and then anchored an extended broadcast of  “CBS This Morning” as well as a special report at 10 a.m. Savannah Guthrie, co-anchor of NBC’s “Today,” anchored two hours of MSNBC this afternoon — normally the province of Thomas Roberts, who was dispatched to Europe — and was slated to interview Hillary Clinton. Fox News Channel, meanwhile, expects to continue live coverage of the attacks until 4 a.m, when an earlier-than-normal edition of “Fox & Friends First” will begin.

In some cases, correspondents normally assigned to the U.S. are traveling to the scene. CNN’s Allisyn Camerota, who typically co-hosts the Time Warner cable-news network’s “New Day,” will be broadcasting from Brussels. She will join a phalanx of the network’s international correspondents and anchors.

CNN had planned to cover the primaries this evening after Anderson Cooper’s program, but will now focus on a mix of election coverage and the Brussels attacks. Cooper and Wolf Blitzer will anchor after Cooper hosts two hours of “AC 360.”

Fox Business Network will air four hours of live coverage anchored by Neil Cavuto starting at 8 p.m.

 

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