CBS News to Host Election Coverage From ViacomCBS' Times Square HQ

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Norah O'Donnell, Gayle King, Margaret Brennan and John Dickerson will be among the anchors leading coverage, which counts former CNN D.C. bureau chief David Bohrman as exec producer

CBS News has unveiled its 2020 election night plans, with network coverage originating from ViacomCBS' corporate headquarters in Times Square. It will be the first time that the network's election coverage will originate from Times Square, in the past it has originated from the CBS Broadcast Center on West 57th street in New York, and the network's Washington D.C. bureau.

CBS Evening News anchor Norah O'Donnell, CBS This Morning's Gayle King, CBS political analyst John Dickerson, Face the Nation moderator Margaret Brennan and correspondent Ed O'Keefe will lead coverage from the election studio in Times Square, along with Major Garrett, Maria Elena Salinas and Nancy Cordes.

Primetime coverage will air live on CBS beginning at 7 PM ET, with coverage beginning at 7 AM ET on the CBSN streaming service.

Election night analysts will include former RNC chief and Trump chief of staff Reince Priebus, and former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett. Legal expert David Becker will "help viewers understand the implication of potential voting issues and challenges that could emerge throughout the night," the network says. Anthony Salvanto will lead the network's Decision Desk.

The live broadcast will be executive produced by former CNN senior vp and Washington D.C. bureau chief David Bohrman (CBS News does not currently have a D.C. bureau chief, with Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews serving as acting bureau chief).

Bohrman may be best known for integrating advanced technology into CNN's election night newscasts, most notably in 2008 with the introduction of the "Magic Wall" and the "holograms" of correspondent Jessica Yellin and Will.i.am that were beamed into the studio.

Indeed, CBS' election night coverage will have no shortage of tech, with the network saying that it "will use the latest integrated graphics and virtual storytelling tools, and a brand new advanced multi-touch screen developed for CBS News’ Election Night coverage." There will also be four massive high-resolution video walls and two "augmented reality" zones that will show the state of the race across the country, and track control of the U.S. Senate.

“We’re empowering our top political journalists with the latest data visualization and storytelling tools to bring as much clarity as we can to this election,” said Susan Zirinsky, CBS News president and the senior executive producer of its election, coverage in a statement. “As we prepare for one of the most complicated Election Nights in presidential history, we will bring the strength of our reporting team and the most in-depth voter information and polling from all 50 states to give audiences around the world an accurate assessment of the state of the race. We’re committed to being transparent - telling viewers in real-time what we know, when we know it and how we know it.”