Nets plan pre-election coverage

NBC calling in Brokaw; Fox puts Smith on the road

Former "NBC Nightly News" anchor Tom Brokaw will join anchor Brian Williams and senior political analyst Tim Russert on Nov. 7 for NBC News' coverage of the midterm elections.

Williams will anchor the telecast, with help from Brokaw and Russert, from NBC's Rockefeller Plaza headquarters. The coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. EST with "Nightly News," which the network said will be updated live for each feed. There will be hourly updates starting at 8 p.m. EST, followed by a 10-11 p.m. EST "Decision 2006" special and a 10-11 p.m. PST edition for the West Coast.

Election Day coverage will begin on "Today" with Matt Lauer in Washington and Meredith Vieira in New York and with help from Russert and Brokaw.

MSNBC will have coverage all day beginning at 9 a.m., with Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Tucker Carlson and Joe Scarborough anchoring with Williams, Russert, David Gregory and Andrea Mitchell. A live edition of "Hardball" on election eve will begin at 7 p.m. and be offered to NBC affiliates. Olbermann and Matthews will begin coverage on MSNBC at 6 p.m. ET and go through the night, with a number of other NBC Uni journalists helping out.

Meanwhile, Fox News Channel said Monday that it will send Shepard Smith on the road beginning today in its "You Decide 2006" tour. Smith, who was on the road several times this year with "Studio B" and "The Fox Report" for the channel's 10th anniversary, will be in Escondido, Calif., today. The show is traveling to Overland Park, Kan., Chesterfield, Mo., Germantown, Tenn., and Patterson, N.J.

The channel said Smith will talk to candidates and voters at each of the stops.