Obama sets first press conference

Networks to carry the event live in primetime Monday

NEW YORK -- The broadcast and cable news channels will carry President Barack Obama's first White House press conference in primetime Monday night.

Primetime news conferences are relatively rare; President George W. Bush didn't hold a primetime news conference until nine months into his first term. But Obama will meet with White House reporters beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

The networks told The Hollywood Reporter that they would be carrying the event live, although details were still being worked out. CBS's coverage would be anchored by Katie Couric; the other anchors will presumably lead their respective network's coverage.

Plans were still being worked on the cable side, although CNN, MSNBC and Fox News Channel all said they would carry the Q&A.

Shepard Smith would anchor for Fox Broadcasting, with Bret Baier anchoring for Fox News Channel. The address caused several changes in Fox News' schedule, moving "The O'Reilly Factor" an hour to 9 p.m. and "On the Record with Greta van Susteren" at 10 p.m. Van Susteren's first guest will be Sean Hannity for the first half hour.
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