The broadcast networks will all interrupt their primetime lineups tomorrow to carry President Obama’s address to the nation in which he spells out his strategy for going after ISIS.
NBC News will use it as an opportunity to plug new Meet Thee Press host Chuck Todd, who will anchor that network’s coverage with Brian Williams. It was on Todd’s Sunday Meet The Press hosting debut that Obama said he planned to meet with Congress today to get their thoughts on his strategy to attack ISIS before unveiling plans on international TV tomorrow. “We are going to be able to not just blunt the momentum of [ISIS],” Obama told Todd. “We are going to systematically degrade their capabilities, we’re going to shrink the territory that they control, and ultimately, we’re going to defeat them.”
Bob Schieffer, anchor of CBS’ Face The Nation, will anchor that network’s coverage that’s expected to begin at 9 PM ET — its evening newscaster Scott Pelley is on assignment in Iraq and will contribute.
ABC will also carry Obama’s speech, with ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos anchoring, per the news division’s plans, revealed when Diane Sawyer announced she was stepping down from her evening news gig. Under the new structure David Muir will anchor the newscast but Stephanopoulos, promoted to Chief Anchor, would helm coverage of major breaking news events.
And, Fox broadcast network will join its competitors on carrying Obama’s address live, with coverage provided by Fox News. On Fox, Obama’s address will be bookended by Parts 1 and 2 of the network’s two-hour Hell’s Kitchen debut, which is now expected run beyond Fox’s 10 PM primetime cutoff time by about 15 minutes. Fox will rerun Part 2 the next night, at 8 PM.