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President Biden will give his first TV interview since taking office to CBS News, which will broadcast it ahead of Sunday’s Super Bowl broadcast.
CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell will interview Biden this week, with excerpts of the interview also set to run on Friday’s edition of the evening newscast and on the Sunday morning public affairs show Face the Nation. The interview will air during the 4 p.m. ET hour on CBS, as part of the network’s Super Bowl pregame coverage.
In giving CBS a pre-Super Bowl interview, Biden is returning to a tradition started by President Obama, whereby the network that broadcasts the big game gets a presidential interview to run during the pregame show, in an effort to get in front of millions of Americans who may not watch TV news programs regularly.
President Trump gave a few Super Bowl interviews, to Fox in 2017 and 2020, and to CBS in 2019, but he skipped 2018, when NBC was the broadcaster.
CBS News will also have extensive coverage from Tampa, Florida, tied to the Super Bowl, as is typical for the network with rights to the game. Super Bowl Today host and CBS News special correspondent James Brown and CBS News correspondents Mark Strassmann and Jamie Yuccas will report from Tampa, including coverage of COVID-19 protocols at the stadium and a look back on the 30th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Super Bowl XXV.
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