Full coverage for Obama inauguration
Networks across cable and broadcast prep for full dayViewers wanting to tune in for President Barack Obama's Inauguration won't want for choices when it comes to TV or the Web.
Wall-to-wall coverage will be on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, PBS, CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, as well as BET, TV One, BBC America and ESPN. It'll be the first time that the all-sports channel has covered an Inauguration live; ESPN will take the pool feed of the swearing-in and the Inaugural Address.
The networks begin their coverage with the morning shows at 7 a.m. ET, with continuous coverage from the cablers. The broadcast networks will all be on the air by 10:30 a.m., when within an hour Vice President Joe Biden will be sworn in followed by Obama, on a Bible used by President Abraham Lincoln on his Inaugural Day. There will be performances by Aretha Franklin, John Williams, Izthak Perlman, Yo-Yo Ma and others. Obama gives his Inaugural Address around noon; President George W. Bush departs soon afterward.
The networks will be providing continuous coverage through the parade -- which kicks off at 2:30 p.m. ET -- and then takes a break for local news on broadcast before resuming for much of the night with network specials and, on ABC, "The Neighborhood Inaugural Ball." That ball, one of many, will be hosted by Obama and feature performances by A-listers including Stevie Wonder and Beyonce.