Twin Hostage Crisis in France Dominates U.S. News Coverage

Broadcast Nets' Special Reports Join Cable News Services

For third straight day, the U.S. morning news coverage was dominated by the ongoing situation in France, which began Wednesday morning with the shooting at French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

The coverage shifted on Friday morning to two separate hostage situations in Paris and a nearby town of Dammartin-en-Goele. Each of the three broadcast networks ABC, CBS and NBC currently in special reports, with many on the ground in France.

The cable news nets CNN, MSNBC and Fox News have been in coverage since the 6 a.m. hour this morning.

Fox News has London-based correspondent Amy Kellogg live from the hostage standoff at the Kosher supermarket in Paris while senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot is live in Paris covering the other developments.  Additionally, senior correspondent Rick Leventhal in Paris will join them. Also, contributing to the coverage will be chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge and Ed Henry on the White House reaction from Washington D.C. FNC says its primetime lineup on Friday night will air live.

An MSNBC spokesperson said it is sending Ronan Farrow to France on Friday for in-depth interviewing and reporting and Chris Hayes will anchor coverage from 1-3 p.m.

Multiple news outlets are currently reporting that the two suspects in the Charlie Hebdo shooting, which were holding hostages in at a printing warehouse in Dammartin-en-Goele, have been killed and the hostages are being freed. At the same, a second raid was underway at the other hostage situation in a kosher bakery in Paris, with some reports that that those hostages have been freed as well.

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