ABC going wall-to-wall for inauguration
Two-hour live special among night of coverageNEW YORK -- ABC will devote the entire primetime Tuesday, Jan. 20, to President Barack Obama's inauguration, including a two-hour live special on one of the official balls.
"The Neighborhood Ball: An Inaugural Celebration" will air from 8-10 p.m. ET while a one-hour ABC News-produced special will follow at 10 p.m., the network announced Thursday afternoon. That follows almost an entire day of coverage of Obama's inauguration, from "Good Morning America" to hours of daytime coverage and "World News With Charles Gibson" and "Nightline" after 11:30 p.m.
It's likely to be the most Inauguration coverage of any of the broadcast networks.
Plans for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball are still being worked out, including the performers who will appear. But the ball, which will like nine other official ones that night, will be held at the Washington Convention Center. And this one is notable because it's being billed as the first one Obama will attend as president, as well as the first where he and first lady Michelle Obama will dance. Hosts have yet to be announced.
ABC received the rights from the Presidential Inaugural Committee, which this week awarded HBO the exclusive rights to the opening ceremony and concert Sunday afternoon at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
ABC sibling Disney Channel on Monday, Jan. 19, will televise "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future," that will feature Mrs. Obama, Jill Biden and the first families. It's being streamed online after Disney Channel does the exclusive, as well as a live stream on Radio Disney.
Also on Thursday, ABC News announced further details about its inauguration coverage. It includes a three-hour edition of "GMA" with Diane Sawyer, Robin Robert, Chris Cuomo and Sam Champion live from the Library of Congress beginning at 7 a.m. ET. Sawyer, anchor Charles Gibson and chief Washington correspondent George Stephanopoulos will anchor the daylong coverage of the inauguration.
The 10 p.m. network special, "A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama," will also focus on the Inaugural Balls and other aspects of the day.