Many of the major networks are going all out on Saturday to cover the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. A least five outlets are broadcasting live that day from Lower Manhattan as commemorative events are held at Ground Zero, the Flight 93 National Memorial and other sites connected with the tragedy.
At Ground Zero, family members will read the names of loved ones they lost in the World Trade Center attack. There will be six moments of silence, acknowledging when each of the towers was struck, when each fell and the times corresponding to the attack on the Pentagon and the crash of Flight 93.
The program will commence at 8:30 a.m. ET, and the first moment of silence will be observed at 8:46 a.m. The commemoration is expected to conclude at about 1 p.m. Then, at sundown, the annual Tribute in Light will illuminate the sky above Ground Zero.
President Biden will be in attendance for some part of the Ground Zero observances on Saturday and he and the First Lady will travel to all three sites of the 9/11 attacks on Saturday.
Former President George W. Bush will deliver keynote remarks commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11 at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The livestream for that event starts at 9:45 a.m. ET on the Flight 93 National Memorial Facebook Page.
Below is an outline of what the networks have planned on this national day of mourning.
Good Morning America Saturday – A special edition of the show will air at 7 a.m. ET
9/11 Twenty Years Later: America Remembers – World News Tonight anchor David Muir and GMA‘s Robin Roberts will lead live coverage of events from Lower Manhattan, Washington, D.C. and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Programming will include ceremonies at Ground Zero, the Pentagon, Shanksville and elsewhere. Coverage begins at 8 a.m. ET
9/11: Twenty Years Later Norah O’Donnell will anchor a live special report from Ground Zero. She will be joined by correspondents in lower Manhattan, at the Pentagon and from Shanksville, Penn. Airs: 8:30 a.m. ET
CBS This Morning: Saturday – will have full coverage from the sites of the three attacks on the anniversary, plus interviews with survivors, Gen. Raymond Thomas and musician Elvis Perkins, who lost his mother in the 9/11 attacks. Airs: 7 a.m., ET
The network will have live coverage of events in New York City, Pennsylvania and Washington, DC. Jake Tapper will be live from New York City. Wolf Blitzer will be live from the Pentagon. Correspondent Paula Reid will be live from Shanksville, PA.
Front Row to History: The 9/11 Classroom – Victor Blackwell presents this CNN Special Report looking at the moment President George W. Bush, sitting before a class of 2nd grade students in Florida, was told a second plane hit the World Trade Center. Blackwell’s report features exclusive interviews with the students and teacher who were there that day. Airs: 7 p.m. ET
Shine A Light – Jake Tapper hosts this commercial-free discussion with young adults who lost parents on 9/11, with profiles of some of the first responders and military members who felt called to service after the attacks. The event is produced by the organization 9/11 Day. Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio will make appearances. Musical artists H.E.R., Maroon 5, Brad Paisley and Common will take part in the discussions and will each perform as part of the broadcast. Airs: 8 p.m. ET
9/11 – With an introduction by Denis Leary, CNN Films Presents an updated version of the Emmy-winning 2002 documentary by the Naudet brothers, who had the only film crew inside the Towers during the tragedy. They also caught unique footage of the evacuation and the attack itself. Airs: 9 p.m. ET
C-SPAN will have live coverage of the ceremonies commemorating the attacks including President Biden and Vice President Harris at the day’s commemorative events, remembrance activities. C-SPAN will also feature dozens of House members reflecting on their experiences of that day. Airs: 7 a.m. ET
FOX NEWS CHANNEL
Fox News will air the moments of silence corresponding with the attacks “beginning in the 8 a.m. ET hour.”
Fox & Friends Weekend, America’s Newsroom, Cavuto Live and Fox News Live will all broadcast from Lower Manhattan on Saturday.
The Five – The Fox News roundtable will air live from Citi Field ahead of the MLB’s New York Mets versus New York Yankees game, preempting regularly scheduled programming. Former Mets’ manager Bobby Valentine and retired Mets’ player Mike Piazza, both whom were with the team in 2001, are scheduled to join. Airs: 5 p.m. ET
THE HISTORY CHANNEL
Four Flights – This the two-hour documentary unveils “surprising connections, strange coincidences and detrimental decisions” that impacted travelers aboard American 11, United 175, American 77 and United 93 – and America as a whole – on September 11, 2001. Debuts: 9/11, 8 p.m. ET/PT
9/11: I Was There – I Was There is a unique docuement of the events of September 11 captured by ordinary people who chose to pick up their video cameras and capture the events of that dark day. Told “in the moment without interview, commentary or narration,” I Was There weaves together personal video from a dozen people. Debuts: 9/11, 10 p.m. ET/PT
Today – Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb will anchor a special edition of the show starting at at 7 a.m. ET.
NBC News Special Report – Guthrie and Kotb will be joined by Nightly News anchor Lester Holt for continuing coverage from New York, D.C. and Shanksville at 8:30 a.m ET.
NBC Nightly News – Lester Holt will round out NBC’s programming from Ground Zero. 6:30 p.m. ET
Alex Witt, Lindsey Reiser and Kendis Gibson will anchor live coverage beginning at 5 a.m. ET from Ground Zero. At 8 a.m. ET, MSNBC will air the Ground Zero commemoration ceremony live with additional coverage from Hallie Jackson and Andrea Mitchell in Washington, D.C. Nicolle Wallace and Brian Williams pick up continuing coverage at 12 p.m. ET from Ground Zero.
Great Performances Verdi’s Requiem: The Met Remembers 9/11 – Hosted by Misty Copeland, the Metropolitan Opera presents a live performance of Verdi’s Requiem which will feature footage from the archives of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum as well as New York City’s Tribute in Light. Conducted by Met Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin, the concert features performances from soloists Ailyn Pérez, Elīna Garanča, Matthew Polenzani and Eric Owens. Airs: 8 p.m., ET
20 Years Later: We’ll Never Forget – Noticias Telemundo anchors José Díaz-Balart and Arantxa Loizaga lead this three-hour news special live from Ground Zero. They will be joined by correspondents from Washington, New York and the Pentagon. Airs: 8 a.m. ET