posted on Jun, 5 2004 @ 05:26 PM
As we learnt about the Presidents death the major networks were prepared for this and began to put their plans into action. An array of graphics,
sounds and shiny idents were rolled out to report the news. Here is how the news broke...
All major networks broke the news at 4:45 eastern in a show of unity.
ABCNEWS: Barbara Walters introduced viewers to the news.
CBSNEWS: Dan Rather appeared on screen having spent the morning preparing for the news. Rather has been the only main anchor to turn up for
NBC: NBC broke into programming showing this first graphic, paused for a moments then introduced Brian Williams with an important piece of news. NBC
was caught off guard and had to leave coverage for some unknown reason.
FOX: Fox was mid-baseball and broke out early to bring viewers a live feed from the FoxNewsChannel, much pleasantries were said and coverage was stale
and old. Nothing special. They returned to baseball minutes later
CNN: Heavily prepared for the death of Reagan and utilising the full resources of their new centre in New York the CNN teams delivered good coverage
and it appears they broke the news first. A somber looking Soleded O'Brien delivered the news to the public.
I felt compelled to show you how the coverage happened. Hope you enjoy.
Anyone with ability to capture the coverage with a TV card should do so and post pictures, you'll be rewarded with points