July 12, 2013 12:37pm PT by Erik Hayden
How the Networks Will Cover the Zimmerman Verdict
Network and cable news television are devoting significant airtime to covering the verdict of the George Zimmerman trial. The jury was reported to be deliberating on a verdict Friday afternoon.
Fox News will devote the entire hour of Hannity -- which last year scored the only television interview with Zimmerman -- to the case and will feature a live studio audience. The network's legal analysts Lis Wiehl, Peter Johnson and Mercedes Colwin will be on hand to dissect the case.
CNN has national news correspondents George Howell, Martin Savidge and David Mattingly on location in Sanford, Fla., to report on the verdict.
ABC News is set to air a special report on ABC dedicated to the trial Friday that will feature chief legal affairs anchor and newly named Nightline anchor Dan Abrams, along with correspondent Matt Gutman.
NBC News correspondents Ron Mott and Kerry Sanders are on location in Sanford.
Anchor Nancy Grace will be live on HLN when the verdict arrives. Anchors Jane Velez-Mitchell and Ryan Smith will be reporting from Sanford, an HLN spokesperson said.
CBS News hasn't yet announced its plans.
Zimmerman faces a second-degree murder charge for shooting teenager Trayvon Martin last year.