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[10/27/08 - 11:13 AM]
ABC News Announces Plans for Election Night Tuesday, November 4
Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor the network's coverage, which begins at 7:00/6:00c.

[via press release from ABC]

ABC NEWS ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR ELECTION NIGHT TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4

Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer & George Stephanopoulos to Anchor "Vote 2008" from the Crossroads of the World, Times Square

Comprehensive Coverage to Begin at 7:00 p.m., ET and Continues Throughout the Night as State-by-State Results Become Known

Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor live coverage of election results across from the country on TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4. ABC's "Vote 2008" will originate from the Crossroads of the World, Times Square, beginning with a special edition of "World News with Charles Gibson" at 6:30 p.m., ET and continuing with full election coverage from 7:00 p.m., ET until at least 2:00 a.m., ET. A special edition of "Nightline" will air at 2:35 a.m., ET.

On election night, ABC News will transform Times Square into an outdoor global viewing event, with thousands of people watching ABC News coverage of real time election results on three iconic screens � ABC's Super Sign, the enormous digital fa�ade of NASDAQ and the 23-story high Reuters sign (click to preview pictures of ABC News signs in Times Square: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/Vote2008/Story?id=6120046&page=1). "Good Morning America Weekend" anchor Bill Weir will be in Times Square, reporting on reaction to the results.

"Vote 2008" will report state-by-state results of the Presidential election as well as key House, Senate and Gubernatorial races. Gibson, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined on air by a team of ABC news anchors, correspondents and analysts, including:

� Senior Political Correspondent Jake Tapper and John Berman at Obama election headquarters in Chicago

� "Good Morning America Weekend" News Anchor Ron Claiborne and David Wright at McCain election headquarters in Phoenix

� "Good Morning America Weekend" Anchor Kate Snow with Gov. Sarah Palin

� "Good Morning America" Anchor Robin Roberts and "Good Morning America" News Anchor Chris Cuomo reporting on reaction throughout the country

� Jim Avila monitoring voting procedures with "Ballot Watch" reports

� Jonathan Karl reporting from Capitol Hill on the next Congress

� Martha Raddatz reporting from the White House

� Bianna Golodryga monitoring reaction in the blogosphere

� Sharyn Alfonsi, Dan Harris, Jeffrey Kofman, David Muir and Pierre Thomas reporting live from battleground states

� Political analysts Cokie Roberts, George Will, Donna Brazile and Matthew Dowd in Times Square Studios and Torie Clarke in Washington, DC

� ABC News Political Director David Chalian and Polling Director Gary Langer

� Presidential Historian Richard Norton Smith

� Senior Foreign Correspondent Jim Sciutto, Supreme Court Correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg, Medical Editor Dr. Timothy Johnson, Iraq correspondent Terry McCarthy, Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross and Business Correspondent Betsy Stark reporting on the challenges facing the next administration

� College journalists from the ABC News on Campus program reporting live from Arizona State University, University of Florida and the University of Texas at Austin on the youth vote

On Election Night, Terry Moran and Cynthia McFadden will anchor a special edition of "Nightline" at 2:35 a.m., ET from the candidates' election night headquarters in Chicago and Phoenix. They will be joined by George Stephanopoulos.

ABCNEWS.com will provide four live streams on Election Day, behind-the-scenes video and expert news and analysis. The live streams will include ABC News NOW, McCain Election Night Headquarters, Obama Election Night Headquarters, and a roving stream that will access reports from ABC News reporters in battleground states.

Live blogging led by Rick Klein, Senior Political Reporter and author of "The Note" http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/TheNote/story?id=3105288&page=1), a team of ABC News reporters will cover the day on blogs including on the Political Radar, George's Bottom Line, Political Punch and Ballot Watch, a new blog that will track voting irregularities.

ABCNEWS.com will also roll out a number of new and updated interactive features for users, including Real Time Results which will feature the national vote count, electoral vote projections, and a ticker which will display live results from up to five states simultaneously on the homepage of ABCNEWS.com. Individual state pages will also display Presidential, Senate, House and Gubernatorial results. An interactive, rollover map featured on ABCNEWS.com will allow users to view state-by-state results without a single click; results will display electoral votes at state, live, raw presidential vote data and a winner indicator; and Exit Polls which, for the first time, will be available for search by the user giving an inside look on the process by which networks analyze, interpret and display exit poll results. Users can also get real time results on ABC News' mobile site (m.abcnews.com) and, for the first time, can text or SMS state abbreviations for real time results on Election Night.

ABC News NOW, ABC's 24-hour digital network currently available to 44 million users across cable, broadband and mobile platforms, will provide coverage of election night beginning at 7:00 p.m., ET and continuing until at least 11:00 p.m., ET. Coverage will also be available live on ABCNEWS.com's homepage, as well as the Politics section and the ABC News NOW section online (http://www.abcnewsnow.com). ABC's Sam Donaldson and Rick Klein will co-host the coverage from ABC News studios in New York City.

ABC News Radio will provide extensive coverage of election results. Correspondents Aaron Katersky and Cheri Preston will anchor live from 7:00 p.m. until at least 1:00 a.m., ET. ABC News Radio's team of correspondents -- Vic Ratner, Ann Compton, Jim Ryan and Alex Stone � will contribute reporting and analysis from both campaigns; Steven Portnoy and Richard Davies will provide analysis from the ABC News Decision Desk; Matt Gutman and Pam Coulter will report on voter turnout from Florida and Ohio; and Bob Schmidt will be in Washington, DC reporting on the Congressional, Senatorial and Gubernatorial races. ABC News Radio will provide six Election Coverage Status Reports each hour starting at 7:00 p.m., ET.

ABC's Affiliate News Service, NewsOne, will serve domestic and international clients on Election Night with Linsey Davis and Carla Wohl reporting from McCain headquarters and Diana Alvear and TJ Winick reporting from Obama headquarters. Christianne Klein will report on Congressional races, popular vote and turnout from ABC News election headquarters in Times Square.

Marc Burstein is the executive producer of ABC News Special Events. Roger Goodman, vice president, ABC Special Projects is the director.





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