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Inauguration of Donald Trump Coverage Guide: Where to Watch and Stream

Viewers have a ton of coverage options, as news outlets go all in for transition of power

As the world awaits the historic inauguration of Donald Trump, TheWrap brings you everything you need to know about where and how to watch the swearing in of America’s 45th president.

All cable and broadcast news networks are going all-in with coverage, which also marks the first inauguration since livestreaming video emerged as a significant way for Americans to consume media. Viewers will be able to watch Trump get sworn in on a variety of platforms and screens with numerous options on the type of analysis they prefer.

Check out where to watch the peaceful transition of power:

George Stephanopoulos will lead coverage for the network from Washington, D.C. with a special edition of “Good Morning America” at 7 a.m. and continuing coverage through 4 p.m., ET. “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline” and “20/20” will air special editions.

World News Tonight” Anchor David Muir, “Good Morning America” Anchor Robin Roberts, Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, “Nightline” Co-anchor Byron Pitts, Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl, Special Correspondent and Senior Strategic Advisor Matthew Dowd, “World News Tonight” Saturday Anchor and Senior National Correspondent Cecilia Vega, “World News Tonight” Sunday Anchor and Correspondent Tom Llamas will join Stephanopoulos throughout the day.

At 10 p.m.,”20/20” will air a one-hour special to look back at the road to the White House, including interviews at various points from the campaign with then candidate Trump.

CBS will showcase all of the network’s talent throughout the day, kicking things off at 7 a.m. ET with the “CBS This Morning” of Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell ive from the National Mall with Dickerson, Bob Schieffer and Scott Pelley joining for additional analysis. Anthony Mason and Alex Wagner will also be on hand before Pelly anchors “CBS Evening News” live from D.C.

A primetime special “Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Donald Trump” hosted by King and Dickerson will explore what a Trump presidency means for the country, what’s ahead in the first 100 days and what the election taught us about America.


CBSN, CBS News’ live, 24/7 streaming video news channel, will stream the inauguration online for free on the CBS News apps across all leading digital platforms.

NBC’s coverage starts at 7 a.m. ET as Matt Lauer co-hosts the “Today” show live from Washington, D.C., with Al Roker, “Meet the Press” moderator and NBC News political director Chuck Todd and NBC News analyst Nicolle Wallace.

Beginning at 10 a.m. ET, “NBC Nightly News” anchor Lester Holt leads coverage from Capitol Hill, joined by NBC News special correspondent Tom Brokaw, Todd and Wallace. NBC News analysts Ben Ginsberg and Hugh Hewitt and NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss will also join the network’s coverage.

Friday evening, “Dateline NBC’s” first segment will feature a report from Dennis Murphy on the inauguration. Murphy will offer highlights from the day’s events and will update viewers with the latest information.

Coverage kicks off with a special four-hour edition of “Morning Joe” live from The Dubliner pub in Washington, D.C. from 6-10 a.m. ET. Rachel Maddow, Brian Williams, and Chris Matthews lead MSNBC’s all-day coverage beginning at 10 a.m. ET, anchored from MSNBC World Headquarters in New York, with live reports from MSNBC and NBC News correspondents on the ground in Washington and beyond.

Prime time coverage and analysis continues on MSNBC throughout the night as the Trumps and other dignitaries attend inaugural balls. NBC News and MSNBC journalists contributing to inauguration coverage include Andrea Mitchell, Hallie Jackson, Kristen Welker, Kasie Hunt, Katy Tur, Kelly O’Donnell and Chris Jansing positioned across the Capitol complex, Al Roker, Tamron Hall, Kate Snow, Peter Alexander, and Craig Melvin along the Pennsylvania Avenue parade route, Ron Allen at the White House, Hans Nichols at the Pentagon, Jacob Soboroff on the National Mall and Stephanie Gosk, Jacob Rascon, and Cal Perry covering security and protests.

Special coverage will stream live on NBCNews.com beginning at 10 a.m. ET. The live stream will also be available on NBC News apps and OTT platforms.

Fox News
Fox News will kick off with “Fox & Friends” live from the National Mall and will provide live coverage throughout the day. “America’s Newsroom” co-anchored by Bill Hemmer and Shannon Bream will air from Lafayette Park followed by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum co-anchoring “America’s Election Headquarters: Inauguration 2017” from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. ET

“The Five,” “Special Report,” “The First 100 Days,” and “The O’Reilly Factor” will all be live from D.C., followed by “Tucker Carlson Tonight” and “Hannity” live from the inaugural ball.

Fox News chief news anchor Shepard Smith will head over to Fox broadcast to provide live coverage from Washington, D.C. on Inauguration Day from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. ET, which will be offered to the Fox affiliates and available to stream on FOXNews.com.

FoxNews.com and the Fox News app will be live streaming the Inaugural proceedings beginning at 11AM/ET with anchor Shepard Smith.

CNN’s coverage kicks off at 5 a.m. ET with “New Day” live from Washington, D.C. Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper, Anderson Cooper and Dana Bash will anchor the network’s coverage from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. ET before handing off to Alisyn Camerota, Chris Cuomo, Brooke Baldwin and Anderson Cooper for coverage of the Inaugural Parade live from the Parade Route on Pennsylvania Avenue.

“The Lead with Jake Tapper” and “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” will be live in front of The White House at Lafayette Square, while “Erin Burnett Out Front,” “AC360,” and “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” will be live from various Inaugural Balls. CNN will be live from more than 15 locations in Washington, D.C. including the U.S. Capitol, The White House, National Mall, and along the Inaugural Parade route and at the Inaugural Balls and will have 25 CNN anchors, correspondents, and analysts covering the day’s events.

CNN’s coverage of Inauguration Day will be streamed live in its entirety to CNN.com‘s homepage and across mobile devices via CNN’s apps for iOS and Android.

PBS NewsHour in partnership with Twitter will live stream special coverage of Inauguration Day 2017, anchored by managing editor Judy Woodruff, with NewsHour correspondents John Yang reporting from the steps of the U.S. Capitol and Lisa Desjardins from the National Mall.

Reuters TV will offer free streaming of the inauguration via the Reuters TV website, iOS and Android apps and on Roku.

Fox Business

“Mornings with Maria” will kick off FBN’s coverage, followed by Neil Cavuto who will anchor coverage of the swearing-in ceremonies and subsequent parade from 11 a.m. -5 p.m. ET. Lou Dobbs will then anchor a special two-hour edition of “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” followed by a primetime edition of “Intelligence Report with Trish Regan” providing the latest from the Inaugural balls. Following the day’s events, the third season of “Strange Inheritance” will premiere at 10 p.m. ET.

Katie Couric, Matt Bai and Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga will anchor coverage starting at 8:30 am. ET with additional reporting from Hunter Walker, Holly Bailey, Olivier Knox and Liz Goodwin. Yahoo will live stream all the major moments, concluding with primetime coverage of the inaugural balls, joined Yahoo Style’s Joe Zee recapping all the major fashion moments of the day.

Young Turks
The Young Turks will provide 12 hours of Inauguration Day coverage across YouTube, Facebook and Twitter. TYT is the only digital network to simultaneously live-stream across each of the three major streaming platforms and one of the first to use Periscope 360, Twitter’s new live 360-degree video streaming feature.

Additional information will be added as it becomes available