The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough wraps up the shuttle coverage plans…
The longest coverage will be on the cable channels, with Fox, CNN and MSNBC — and their Web sites — devoting significant resources. But NBC and ABC have positioned anchors, correspondents and space experts in New York, Cape Canaveral and Houston and will interrupt regular programming. Fox won’t because its network isn’t on air at that time.
NBC, which will carry the U.S. Women’s Open Championship on Saturday, finalized a plan Thursday that will have NBC Sports throw a few minutes before the scheduled launch to NBC News weekend anchor John Siegenthaler. Joining him will be Tom Costello, longtime space correspondent Jay Barbree, astronaut Steve Robinson and analyst James Oberg. They also will work on MSNBC, where Chris Jansing will anchor coverage.
“We always felt this was indeed newsworthy,” NBC News specials executive producer Phil Alongi said. “There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding this launch.”