The Hollywood Reporter’s Paul J. Gough writes about today’s coverage of the Bhutto assassination…
Suddenly, Pakistan — where there are only a handful of employees for the U.S.-based networks — pushed U.S. campaign news off the cable news channels as the networks struggled to bring the developing story to American viewers. CNN was the first network to confirm the story, working off legwork from producer Mohsin Naqvi, who broke the story at 7:21 a.m. EST after attending the rally and hearing an explosion.
“He was right on it from the start to the end,” said Parisa Khosravi, CNN International senior vp newsgathering.
Naqvi isn’t alone. ABC News’ Gretchen Peters is stationed in Pakistan for the network, which also is sending other correspondents, including “World News Sunday” anchor Dan Harris. NBC is sending correspondents Michelle Kosinski from New York and Ned Colt from London. Both hold current Pakistani visas, which NBC News newsgathering vp David Verdi said is a traditional precaution for hot-button regions.