The big three broadcast networks and the cable news channels are in continuing coverage of a shooting that happened at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn. on Friday morning that has reportedly left 26 people, including 18 children dead.
CBS was the first to break into regular programming at 12:07 p.m. (ET) with a special report anchored by Rebecca Jarvis and John Miller and has been in continuing coverage with Norah O’Donnell jumping in for Jarvis, who is en route to Connecticut to join correspondent Michelle Miller on the ground.
NBC aired its first special from 12:38-12:49 p.m. anchored by Lester Holt and broke in again at 1:06 p.m. ABC also aired two special reports.
CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC first broke into coverage around 10:30 a.m. (ET). CNN’s Susan Candiotti and FNC’s Rick Leventhal are on location in Connecticut.
All three of the network evening newscasts will originate from Connecticut on Friday, with CBS expanding to one hour. CBS will also air a one-hour special report from Connecticut anchored by Scott Pelley at 10 p.m. ABC will have a special edition of 20/20 at 10 p.m. anchored by Diane Sawyer and Chris Cuomo, as well as a special one-hour Nightline, both from the scene in Connecticut. ABC's Good Morning America will also air a special edition on Saturday anchored by George Stephanopoulos and Elizabeth Vargas with Josh Elliott, Amy Robach and Dan Harris reporting from Newtown.
CNN was initally the most conservative network when it came to reporting the death toll. While all the others were reporting 26 people dead, CNN first reported "close to 20," which it later updated to "close to 30." In a press conference around 3:40 p.m., a law enforcement official confirmed the count of 20 children and six adults plus the shooter.
CNN was however the first of the cable news channels to identify the shooter as Ryan Lanza shortly before 2:15 p.m. Fox News reported the identity and MSNBC reported it at 2:25 p.m. However, at 3:35 p.m., FNC's Leventhal reported that the shooter was actually 20-year-old Adam Lanza and that his 24-year-old brother Ryan was being held in custody, though he is not considered a suspect. Around 4:30 p.m., CBS aired exclusive footage of a man in handcuffs who it identified as Ryan Lanza being scorted by a police officer, though said he was not under arrest.