PRESS RELEASE from Time Warner Company
Blitzer, Team of Anchors, Analysts to Lead CNN’s Election Coverage
October 26, 2004
its Election Night coverage, CNN will draw from the extensive
experience of its correspondents, the power of its analytical resources
and its commanding presence from the NASDAQ MarketSite in New York City
to provide a global audience comprehensive reports of the U.S.
presidential race and other Election Day results.
Wall-to-wall election coverage on CNN kicks off as the first
polls close on Tuesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m (ET) with an “America Votes
2004” special, anchored by Wolf Blitzer. CNN’s in-studio team,
including Aaron Brown, Anderson Cooper, Jeff Greenfield, Larry King,
Bill Schneider and Carlos Watson, will be located in a Times Square
studio in front of a state-of-the-art, 96-screen video wall presenting
real-time vote information, exit polls and analysis of key state races
across the country.
From the Time Warner Center, the network will operate the new
CNN Election Analysis Center, anchored by Judy Woodruff and Bill
Hemmer. CNN's Political Director Tom Hannon will lead the network’s
political unit and an independent team of political analysts,
statistical experts and legal specialists, including CNN’s legal
analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who will examine election legal challenges
across the country. The CNN Election Analysis Center will take
advantage of real-time voting results to project winners nationally and
state-by-state and to graphically display how the nation is voting in
the presidential and key elections on a county-by-county basis.
“Thanks to our election team, we will analyze more data.
Thanks to our innovate use of technology, viewers will see more data,”
said Princell Hair, executive vice president and general manager of
CNN/U.S. “Using the network’s immense resources, CNN will blanket the
battleground states on Election Day. We fully expect that our coverage
on election night will be unlike anything we have produced before.”
For Election Day, CNN will strategically position its
correspondents in nearly a dozen battleground states as well as
assemble additional “go teams” of correspondents and producers ready to
descend at a moment’s notice onto sites of breaking election news and
Throughout the night, CNN's Paula Zahn and Crossfire co-hosts
Paul Begala, Tucker Carlson, James Carville and Robert Novak will hold
a town meeting before a live audience from the Time Warner Center
Atrium. Senior White House correspondent John King and senior political
correspondent Candy Crowley will report live from the Bush-Cheney
headquarters and Kerry-Edwards headquarters respectively.
CNN International will simulcast CNN/U.S.’s election coverage
beginning at 7 p.m. (ET) to more than 176 million households worldwide.
Besides providing up-to-the-minute results of elections
nationwide, CNN.com will offer live video streams, photo galleries,
countdown clocks for polls in each state and exit polls throughout the
day. Site users, through CNN.com’s “Your Races” feature, can customize
their online experience by choosing up to 20 different presidential,
federal and gubernatorial races.
For CNN en Español, continuous coverage begins at 6 p.m. (ET)
with Paticia Janiot and Daniel Viotto handling anchor duties. Harris
Whitbeck will be in Florida, while Juan Carlos López follows the
Bush-Cheney campaign and Inés Ferré follows the
Ione Molinares will cover the balance of power in the Senate and House.
Miami Herald columnist Andrés Oppenheimer and Iowa State
professor Steffen Schmidt will provide analysis in Atlanta throughout
CNNRadio will offer continuous anchored live coverage starting
at 7 p.m. (ET) on the Network Main Satellite Channel. The anchored
coverage will incorporate CNNRadio’s 6-minute TOH and 2-minute BOH
newscasts as well as the 1-minute special reports at :15 and :45.
CNNRadio’s Stan Case and David Hull will anchor the program.
CNN, a division of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time
Warner Company, is one of the world’s most respected and trusted
sources for news and information. Its reach extends to 15 cable and
satellite television networks; two private place-based networks; two
radio networks; wireless devices around the world; six Web sites,
including CNN.com, the first major news and information Web site; and
CNN Newsource, the world’s most extensively syndicated news service.