Focus shifts on what was billed as a key political news day
The broadcast and cable news networks are going all-in on breaking news coverage of the terror attacks in Brussels on Tuesday.
As in every breaking news situation, this is fluid and will change, but TheWrap will update this page throughout the day with different news organizations’ plans. At the moment, the terror in Brussels is now clearly the No. 1 concern in news media.
The big question is whether or not networks will bump coverage of today’s presidential primaries and caucuses. However, every candidate has already commented on the tragedy on social media, so it’s a possibility that the attack will become a major talking point in election coverage.
Here’s how the networks are responding to the deadly explosions in an airport and at a subway station, so far.
FNC’s Kelly Wright broke into overnight at 3:42 a.m. ET with news of explosions in Brussels at the Zaventem airport, as well as the Maelbeek metro station.
Bill Hemmer and Martha MacCallum are anchoring coverage from New York with the network’s senior foreign affairs correspondent Greg Palkot en route to Brussels. FNC will provide live coverage from the scene throughout the day. Additionally, FNC foreign affairs correspondent Benjamin Hall is reporting from London and FNC correspondent John Huddy is covering live from Jerusalem.
Fox News will be live throughout the primetime hours and the network said they will balance both aspects of the breaking news out of Brussels along with the election coverage. Bret Baier will lead the coverage from New York, with Shepard Smith reporting on the breaking news out of London tonight. Tomorrow, Smith will be live from Brussels throughout the day.
Anderson Cooper anchored coverage with Nima Elbagir in Brussels. She has been reporting from the airport since 3:22 a.m. ET. John Berman and Kate Bolduan took over at 11 a.m. ET.
Nima Elbagir, Clarissa Ward, Fred Pleitgen, Atika Shubert, Phil Black, Alisyn Camerota, Hala Gorani, Max Foster and Jose Levy will contribute throughout the day on the ground in Brussels. Nic Robertson is in London, while Jim Bitterman, Nick Paton Walsh and Erin McLaughlin are in Paris.
MSNBC broke in at 4:00 a.m. ET. Brian Williams will anchor MSNBC breaking coverage throughout the day.
NBC News and MSNBC correspondents en route to Brussels include Kelly Cobiella, Bill Neely, Thomas Roberts, Chris Jansing, Kelly O’Donnell, Gabe Gutierrez, Ayman Mohyeldin, Chris Hayes, Cal Perry, Stephanie Gosk, Erica Hill, and Claudio Lavagna
NBC had live breaking news coverage that began at 5:00 a.m. ET.
Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie are anchoring a special edition of the “Today” show dubbed “Terror in Brussels.”
Richard Engel, Pete Williams, Tom Costello, and Keir Simmons are contributing to NBC’s coverage with Andrea Mitchell helping out, despite being in Cuba with President Obama.
Live coverage started at 4 a.m. ET and chief anchor George Stephanopoulos was in chair by 5 a.m. ET. “World News Tonight with David Muir” will be a one hour special edition to cover terror attack in Brussels. “Nightlife” will also devote the entire show to attacks.
“Good Morning America” had a special edition dedicated to the attacks with Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts anchoring from New York. Alex Marquardt is reporting from Brussels and Terry Moran will arrive later this morning.
CBSN began reporting the Brussels attack at 4:10 a.m. ET and has been on since. Josh Elliot made his CBSN debut, anchoring breaking news coverage of the Belgium attacks.
CBS News’ correspondent Charlie D’Agata is reporting from Brussels. “CBS This Morning” extend its broadcast through the president’s address with Norah O’Donnell, Gayle King and Anthony Mason.
CBS News senior security contributor Michael Morrell and CBS News senior national security analyst Juan Zurate are providing analysis. Elizabeth Palmer is reporting from London, while Allen Pizzey is en route to Brussels. Holly Williams is en route to Paris.
Fox Business Network
Fox Business has been live and commercial free since 5 a.m. ET covering the Brussels terrorist attacks. FBN reached out to all the presidential candidates for comment.
Yahoo News has been live all morning with Bianna Goldodryga and Katie Couric. Live coverage continues throughout the day as new information regarding the situation in Brussels emerges.