Viewer's Guide to the GOP Convention
The Republican National Convention kicks off Monday, when Republicans will officially anoint Mitt Romney as their nominee. The television networks are covering the happenings in Tampa in a variety of ways.
ABC, NBC and CBS, are showing a total of three hours of the live coverage: from 10:00 p.m to 11:00 p.m each night from Tuesday through Thursday. If you're looking to watch Monday's convention action, your best bet is either watch it online or tune into one of the cable networks.
The main three cable networks are kicking off their coverage with intimate profiles of Romney. MSNBC aired a documentary on Romney's personal and professional life on Friday night, while CNN is running a similar special on Sunday. Meanwhile, Fox News Sunday will broadcast Chris Wallace's interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney at their summer home in New Hampshire, as well as on the campaign trail in Michigan.
MSNBC, CNN and Fox News will have continual coverage of the conventions throughout the day Monday through Thursday.
Current TV's coverage will be anchored by former Vice President Al Gore for the duration of the convention.
Bloomberg is coming full force to the convention with more 90 people heading down to Tampa. With more than 40 panels of discussion and debate scheduled, Bloomberg will focus their coverage on the business aspects of the convention.
Fox Business will also cover the relationship between economic and political interests with Neil Cavuto hosting three hours of coverage for all four nights.
And the convention coverage won't be devoid of a little levity. Comedy Central is sending Jon Stewart and his The Daily Show crew down to Tampa.
Check out all the details after the jump.
Scott Pelley will anchor three hours of live, prime-time coverage Tuesday through Thursday (broadcasting from 10:00-11:00 p.m each night). Joining Pelley will be Bob Schieffer and Norah O'Donnell. Additionally, CBS News Correspondent Bill Whitaker will report from the convention floor, while CBS News Political and Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford is traveling to Tampa with Romney. CBS News Senior White House Correspondent Bill Plante and CBS News Political Director John Dickerson also will contribute to the coverage.
Face the Nation will broadcast from Tampa on Sunday.
David Gregory and Meet the Press will be in Tampa Sunday. Brian Williams will anchor NBC Nightly News from the Tampa Bay Times Forum from Monday through Thursday. He'll also anchor NBC News' prime-time coverage from 10-11 on Tuesday through Thursday. Matt Lauer will co-anchor split editions of Today from Tampa beginning Wednesday, while Savannah Guthrie co-anchors from New York. Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will contribute across all platforms from Tampa.
José Díaz-Balart will lead Telemundo's coverage and anchor Noticiero Telemundo from each convention.
Also reporting from Tampa throughout the convention are: NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd: correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Peter Alexander, Ron Mott, Kelly O'Donnell, John Yang, and Luke Russert; senior political editor Mark Murray; and campaign embeds Garrett Haake, Alex Moe, Jamie Novogrod, and Andrew Rafferty.
Convention coverage kicks off with a special edition of World News with Diane Sawyer broadcasting from Tampa on Monday. Coverage will continue throughout the week with all of ABC's daily newscasts - Good Morning America, World News with Diane Sawyer and Nightline - broadcasting from the convention site. George Stephanopoulos, who also serves as chief political correspondent and anchor of This Week, will co-anchor GMA< from the conventions.
Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will anchor the live prime-time coverage in Tampa Tuesday through Thursday from 10-11 p.m. Senior political correspondent Jonathan Karl will be reporting from the convention floor. Senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper, World News' Senior political analyst Matthew Dowd, George Will, Cokie Roberts and Donna Brazile will be among ABC's contributors providing analysis. ABC News political director Amy Walter and Yahoo! News Washington bureau chief David Chalian are anchoring special live-streamed coverage every night. As part of the new Univision partnership, Jorge Ramos also will contribute to coverage. Terry Moran will anchor special editions of Nightline throughout the week, making ABC the only broadcast network to cover the conventions in the late night time slot.
To launch the week, Special Report's Bret Baier and America Live's Megyn Kelly will co-anchor America's Election Headquarters, a one-hour prime-time program on Sunday from 9-10 p.m. live from the Fox Sky Box in the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Additionally, Baier and Kelly will anchor America's Election Headquarters throughout the week in prime-time from 10-11:30 p.m
Each night, the program will cover the latest convention news and feature a rotating team of commentators, including: Senior Political Analyst Brit Hume, Political Analyst Juan Williams, as well as FNC contributors Bill Kristol, Charles Krauthammer, Kirsten Powers, Mara Liasson and Stephen Hayes. Analysis will be also be provided by former White House Senior Adviser and FNC contributor Karl Rove and Democratic strategist and FNC contributor Joe Trippi. Chief Political Correspondent Carl Cameron and America's Newsroom co-anchors Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum will offer minute-to-minute updates and interviews live from the convention floor.
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace will be having pancakes with the Romneys.
"Mitt Romney: The Making of a Candidate," hosted by NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd, aired Friday night.
Way too Early with Willie Geist (5:30 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.) and Morning Joe (6:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.) will broadcast live from the Morning Joe Elephant Bar at Channelside from Monday through Friday. The restaurant (also known as Howl at the Moon) will be open to the general public during the shows.
MSNBC daytime programming continues with Todd hosting the Daily Rundown (9:00-10:00 a.m. ET) and Andrea Mitchell hosting Andrea Mitchell Reports (1:00 - 2:00 p.m.) live from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Todd, Mitchell and additional hosts, including S.E. Cupp, will contribute live reports from Tampa throughout the day for MSNBC.
MSNBC's evening coverage will begin with Hardball with Chris Matthews live at 5 p.m. from an outdoor set at Channelside in Tampa.
Special prime-time coverage of the conventions will take place from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday. Primetime coverage will be hosted by Rachel Maddow, who will be joined by Matthews, Ed Schultz, Lawrence O'Donnell, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and GOP strategist Steve Schmidt. Contributors will include Alex Wagner, Melissa Harris-Perry, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Washington Post's Ezra Klein, Huffington Post's Howard Fineman, former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson.
MSNBC will also host a "Morning Joe" viewing party for fans at the Boat House Bar at Channelside. The party is open to the public and will includ personalized button making, interactive photo booths, a latte artist and free coffee.
NBC's Chelsea Clinton, National Journal's Jim Tankersley and Todd will host "Conversations with the Next Generation" from the Improv Theatre in Tampa. Guests include George P. Bush, StudentsFirt CEO Michelle Rhee, Josh Romney, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Ill., and several others.
CNN anchors Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett, Piers Morgan, Candy Crowley, Soledad O'Brien, John Berman, Brooke Baldwin and Suzanne Malveaux will be on the ground in Tampa during the convention. Chief national correspondent John King will be on hand with his Magic Wall technology, and chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen also will prove analysis.
CNN kicks off its coverage on Sunday with State of the Union live from Tampa. Reliable Sources, hosted by Howard Kurtz, also will air from Tampa Sunday.
The network will unveil "Romney Revealed: Family, Faith, and the Road to Power" on Sunday from 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Borger hosts the special, which includes interviews with Mitt and Ann Romney, along with Romney advisers Beth Myers and Eric Fehrnstrom.
CNN is bringing back the "CNN Grill" for the 2012 conventions. The grill will serve as a place to showcase CNN talent, as well as a destination for a mix of good food, good company and lively political conversation. Situated just steps from the convention location, the Grill will operate as home base for the network and also serve as a social hub with nightly convention viewing. If you're on the ground, look for the 8 foot touch-screen wall that will feature have maps and the latest election stories.
Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor gavel-to-gavel broadcast coverage from the PBS Skybox in Tampa Monday through Thursday. PBS special broadcast coverage will begin at 8:00 p.m. each night and continue live until the conclusion of the proceedings.
The programming will feature political analysis from a host of NewsHour regulars, including syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks. Senior Correspondents Jeffrey Brown and Ray Suarez will have live dispatches from the convention floor. NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni will offer analysis of key developments at the conventions, while presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Michael Beschloss will put the candidates' speeches into historical context. Pew Reseach Center President Andy Kohut will dig into the data to provide insight on what motivates each party's activists and how voters identify with the candidates.
Bloomberg is sending more than 90 reporters, analysts, editors and producers to the convention.
Street Smart with Trish Regan will air live from Tampa from 3-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Prime-time coverage called "The Economy Election" will air live from 9-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and from 8-11 p.m. on Thursday.
Prime time coverage anchored by Regan will feature Bloomberg Television Washington correspondent Peter Cook, White House reporters Julianna Goldman and Hans Nichols, contributing editor Matthew Dowd and Bloomberg View columnist Margaret Carlson. Charlie Rose will also tape his show for PBS and Bloomberg TV at the Bloomberg Link.
Newsmaker interviews and policy discussions will be introduced and moderated by Bloomberg Chief Content Officer Norman Pearlstine, Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel, Bloomberg News Executive Editor Susan Goldberg and Bloomberg Government Advisory Board member Carol Browner.
Near the convention arenas in Tampa and Charlotte, Bloomberg is creating a high tech convention headquarters called the Bloomberg Link. Bloomberg will be having more than 40 panels on the intersection of business and politics.
Briefings by Bloomberg Government analysts will provide insight into the business implications of major policy issues being debated in the presidential race, including health care, campaign finance, financial regulation, taxation and government spending.
Bloomberg will publish a daily convention magazine, Bloomberg Insider, highlighting the best news and analysis from Bloomberg News, Bloomberg Businessweek, Bloomberg BNA, Bloomberg Law, Bloomberg Government and Bloomberg View.
Fox Business Anchor Neil Cavuto will report live from the floor of the Tampa Bay Times Forum starting Monday. Alongside Fox Business' Washington Correspondent Rich Edson, Cavuto will provide live reports throughout the day during the convention. He will anchor a special each evening from the Tampa Bay Times Forum from 8 to 11 p.m., focusing on the business of the convention and the economic impact of the election.
Key newsmakers appearing on Cavutos's specials will include: former New York Stock Exchange Chairman Dick Grasso, Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, billionaire investor Wilbur Ross, Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., Home Depot Co-Founder Ken Langone, former UBS Chairman Joseph Grano, Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, former Bain Capital managing director Edward Conard, and former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain.
Gore will lead Current TV's coverage of the convention from 7 p.m. through 11 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. Gore will be joined by former Michigan Gov. and The War Room host Jennifer Granholm, former New York Gov. and Viewpoint host Eliot Spitzer and The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur. Additionally, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom will join the panel, while David Shuster and Michael Shure will report from the convention. Also contributing will be new Current TV hosts Joy Behar and John Fugelsang.
The Daily Show is heading to the convention and altering their usual schedule of Monday through Thursday to Tuesday through Friday. Jon Stewart will film his show at the Straz Center in Tampa. Correspondents Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, Al Madrigal, John Oliver, Jessica Williams and Aasif Mandvi will all join Stewart in Tampa.
The Colbert Report is staying home in New York.