Fox News, CSPAN Plan Live Coverage of Trump’s Fourth of July. Others Don’t.

Variety | 7/2/2019 | Brian Steinberg
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President Donald Trump’s unorthodox July 4th event will feature a speech by the Commander-in-Chief, jet planes and even tanks. What it won’t have, most likely, is traditional wall-to-wall coverage from the nation’s news outlets.

Fox News Channel is setting aside two hours that can be used to televise President Donald Trump’s “Salute to America,” expected to take place 6:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial. C-SPAN will televise it as well. But MSNBC executives plan to monitor the event as it takes place and could decide to run clips if warranted, according to a person familiar with the matter. CNN, which did not respond to a query seeking comment, usually has personnel at the ready to interrupt pre-taped programming in case news warrants a live broadcast.

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Trump’s holiday celebration would take place during an MSNBC hour usually anchored by Ari Melber and during CNN’s early-evening “Situation Room.”

The programming plans suggest some TV executives don’t expect much news to result from the event, which is expected at present to include fireworks displays and flyovers by the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the aircraft that is used as Air Force One. Fireworks on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. are an annual tradition, but President Trump is making a change that will include an address to the nation held at the Lincoln Memorial.

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