TV news to mark anniversary of attacks with live, old footage

September 11, 2006|By Nick Madigan | Nick Madigan,Sun reporter

Today's anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks five years ago is providing ample opportunity for television and radio outlets to recall the day's events and ponder their significance.

A sample:

NBC's Today (WBAL, Channel 11, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.) will have Matt Lauer at Ground Zero with former anchor Tom Brokaw reflecting upon how they covered the story. The network's Nightly News (7 p.m.) will report on the day's commemorative events and feature correspondent Kerry Sanders in Afghanistan discussing the search for Osama bin Laden.

On the Internet, MSNBC will show archival footage of NBC News' all-day Sept. 11, 2001, coverage, streaming at september11. msnbc.com.

CNN will also stream its coverage of the day of the attacks, at cnn.com/pipeline, starting at 8:30 a.m. CNN has deployed several correspondents - Anderson Cooper and Peter Bergen to Afghanistan and Nic Robertson to Pakistan - to provide live reports for its anniversary coverage.

Fox News Channel will present 9/11: The Day America Changed, including coverage of events from Ground Zero, the Pentagon, the White House and Shanksville, Pa. At 9 p.m., Hannity & Colmes will focus on rescue personnel, with a studio audience composed of New York fire, police and Port Authority personnel.

National Public Radio affiliates will have Sept. 11 coverage throughout the day, including on Morning Edition and All Things Considered. The centerpiece will be a series of profiles of people from around the country who chose to radically change their lives after the attacks.

On C-SPAN, a staple of the day's coverage will be open-phone segments with viewers, much as the network did five years ago. Starting with Washington Journal, (7 a.m. -- 10 a.m.), C-SPAN's live morning call-in program, viewers will be asked to reflect on the anniversary and comment on the day's events.

nick.madigan@baltsun.com

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