Orlando Shooting: Network Morning Shows, Cable News Offer Blanket Coverage
Charlie Rose and Gayle King will anchor CBS 'This Morning' live from Orlando, NBC News has dispatched Matt Lauer to Florida and ABC will have Amy Robach there for 'Good Morning America.'
The worst mass shooting in U.S. history has sent news divisions into overdrive. All broadcast morning shows will have their anchors on location in Orlando, Fl. for continuing coverage of the nightclub massacre that has left 50 dead and 53 injured.
Charlie Rose and Gayle King will anchor CBS This Morning live from Orlando. NBC News has dispatched Matt Lauer to Florida to helm the Today show’s coverage. And ABC will have Amy Robach there for Good Morning America.
All three broadcast news divisions had their evening news anchors in Orlando on Sunday night and ABC’s David Muir, CBS’ Scott Pelley and NBC’s Lester Holt are all expected to remain there through Monday. Fox News Channel's Megyn Kelly will anchor her 9 p.m. program from Orlando on Monday while Fox & Friends' Brian Kilmeade will be in place for Monday's show. FNC's Bill Hemmer and Greta Van Susteren also will stay on in Orlando through Monday, and CNN dispatched anchors Erin Burnett, Alisyn Camerota and Carol Costello to Florida. MSNBC has Chris Jansing, Jose Diaz- Balart, Kate Snow, Craig Melvin and Thomas Roberts anchoring live from Orlando.
Authorities have identified the gunman as Omar Mateen, 29, a U.S. citizen who apparently self radicalized. He was killed by a SWAT team. The carnage unfolded in the wee hours of Sunday morning at the Pulse Nightclub. And as TV viewers awoke on Sunday they were deluged with wall-to-wall coverage. The news all but took over the Sunday morning public affairs shows. And cable news has been wall-to-wall with coverage since very early Sunday morning.