NBC NEWS/MSNBC/MSNBC.COM TO PRESENT SPECIAL LIVE COVERAGE OF PRESIDENT BUSH'S STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS ON TUESDAY, JANUARY 31, 2006
NETWORK AND INTERNET COVERAGE BEGINS AT 9:00 PM, ET; MSNBC COVERAGE STARTS AT 5:00 PM, ET
COVERAGE WILL ALSO INCLUDE THE DEMOCRATIC RESPONSE
NEW YORK -- January 27, 2006 -- NBC News will provide live coverage of President Bush's State of the Union Address to the joint session of Congress beginning at 9:00 pm, ET on Tuesday, January 31, 2006. The Democratic response will immediately follow.
Brian Williams will anchor NBC's two-hour coverage from the NBC News studios in Washington, D.C., along with NBC News' political analyst and moderator of "Meet the Press," Tim Russert. NBC's team of correspondents will provide analysis after the speech as well.
NBC News will be the only television news organization to have both party chairmen - DNC Chair Howard Dean and RNC Chair Ken Mehlman - provide commentary following the Democratic response.
Chris Matthews will anchor MSNBC's State of the Union coverage, which will begin with Hardball at 5:00 pm, ET. Following the President's address to the nation, Matthews will anchor MSNBC's post-game for commentary and analysis. He will be joined by "NBC Nightly News" anchor Brian Williams and NBC News political analyst Tim Russert, as well as MSNBC's primetime anchors and contributors.
On the Internet, MSNBC.com will stream the address live on the site starting at 9:00 pm, ET. The full video, as well as the Democratic response and NBC analysis will be available to watch on-demand after it concludes. In addition, MSNBC.com will have a full transcript, highlights and post-speech analysis.