How The Networks Will Cover Election Night
For network news organizations, election night is like the Super Bowl and the Oscars® rolled into one.
ABC's chief political correspondent George Stephanopoulos gave INSIDE EDITION a tour of the massive set where he'll report on returns with Diane Sawyer.
INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked Stephanopoulos, "Is this fun for you?"
He proudly said, "Of course this is, even if we are up all night long."
Barbara Walters will also be on hand with her unique perspective. She's interviewed every president since Richard Nixon.
NBC is taking over Rockefeller Plaza, renaming it "Democracy Plaza." Brian Williams will lead coverage from an outside location.
At NBC's "Democracy Plaza" the Rockefeller ice skating rink has been transformed into a giant map of the United States. As each canididate takes a state, they will light up either blue or red.
Mark Lukasiewicz of NBC News told Alexander, "The great thing about Rockefeller Center is that it is a man made canyon of walls where we can put these results up for people to see from blocks away."
At CBS, news anchor Scott Pelley will anchor his first election since taking over from Katie Couric and will be joined by veteran Face the Nation host Bob Schieffer.
There will be wall-to-wall coverage on the cable channels too. Martin Bashir will be part of the coverage on MSNBC. He feels that after the debacle of the 2000 election, where some networks called the race incorrectly, getting it right this time is priority number one.
Bashir told Alexander, "We are under strict instructions not to tweet, not to say anything, until we know."
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow thinks she might be in for a long night. As she packed an overnight bag for the event.
At Fox News, Megyn Kelly and Bret Baier are handling the anchor duties. Kelly knew she would be in for a long night that her husband and son even dropped by the studio to pay her a visit.
Over at CNN, there won't be any holograms like they had last time around. Just Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper in a brand new studio in Washington D.C., specially constructed for election night 2012.