The networks of NBC News – NBC, MSNBC, CNBC, Telemundo, MSNBC.com and NBC Mobile – will present more than 200 total hours of live coverage of the Democratic National Convention and the Republican National Convention, officials said Thursday.
NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams will lead the network's four nights of coverage from each convention, while MSNBC's Keith Olbermann and Chris Matthews anchor coverage on cable. Tom Brokaw will contribute reporting and analysis on both NBC and MSNBC throughout both conventions.
Luke Russert, the son of the late Meet the Press anchor Tim Russert, joins NBC News in his first assignment for Decision 2008 as correspondent at large for the conventions, focusing on youth issues.
Ann Curry will also serve as a podium correspondent from both conventions for NBC and MSNBC, with Andrea Mitchell and David Gregory reporting from the floor. NBC News political director Chuck Todd will provide analysis for NBC News and MSNBC.
MSNBC will be live 20 hours a day with complete coverage of both the Democratic and Republican conventions, beginning at 6 a.m. with Morning Joe from both Denver and Minneapolis-St. Paul. Olbermann and Matthews will anchor MSNBC primetime coverage beginning at 7 p.m., with coverage continuing until 2 a.m.
MSNBC will telecast live from outdoor sets in both convention cities, outside Union Station in Denver and from Rice Park in St. Paul, with fans, visitors and supporters of all candidates encouraged to visit the set.