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August 20, 2014, 4:44 am

Networks prepare for inauguration

The networks are gearing up to cover the 2013 presidential inauguration, in which President Barack Obama will be sworn in for his second term.

On Monday, Jan. 21, ABC's live broadcast coverage will begin at 7 a.m. with a special two and half hour edition of “Good Morning America,” co-anchored by George Stephanopoulos in Washington, D.C. He will be joined in the nation's capital by Josh Elliott.

At 9:30 a.m., Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor special coverage of Barack Obama’s inauguration on ABC from the Newseum on Pennsylvania Avenue. Coverage will include all events from the swearing-in ceremony and Obama's inaugural address to the inaugural procession as well as reaction from around the nation. In addition, Sawyer and will speak to former Secretary of State Colin Powell.

According to the network, Sawyer and Stephanopoulos will be joined by a team of ABC News anchors, correspondents and analysts including:

• Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz and David Muir reporting from Capitol Hill

• Barbara Walters

• Bill Weir reporting from the Washington Mall

• Josh Elliott, Deborah Roberts, Cecilia Vega and Reena Ninan reporting from the parade   route

• Terry Moran

• Pierre Thomas reporting on the day's security operations

• ABC News political contributors Matthew Dowd, George Will, Cokie Roberts, Donna Brazile and Nicolle Wallace providing insights and analysis

• Author of "The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama" and editor of "The New Yorker" David Remnick

• Historians Mark Updegrove and Lonnie Bunch  

Coverage will continue on Monday evening with a special edition of “World News with Diane Sawyer” from the Newseum at 6:30 p.m. A special edition of “Nightline,” airing at 12:35 a.m., will provide the whole picture looking back on the events of the day and will take viewers inside the Inaugural Balls.

CBS, anchored by “Evening News” anchor Scott Pelley, will broadcast live 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., and “Eyewitness News” evening anchor Chris May will begin reporting live from Washington beginning Jan. 20. Locally, CBS 3 morning news anchors Ukee Washington and Erika Von Tiehl will host a special newscast on Sunday, 11:30 to 12:30, and on Monday at 1 p.m., the station will present a newscast anchored by Susan Barnett.

PBS will broadcast a special daytime edition of “NewsHour” on Monday to cover the inauguration. Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will anchor, beginning at 11 a.m. They will be joined by syndicated columnist Mark Shields and “New York Times” columnist David Brooks, as well as presidential historians Richard Norton Smith, Beverly Gage and Anette Gordon-Reed.

The inaugural broadcast schedule for NBC was not available at press time, but according to local affiliate NBC10, there will be two swearing-in ceremonies: An official one on Jan. 20 and a public ceremonial on the next day — Martin Luther King Day.

Obama will be sworn in publicly for his second term by Chief Justice John Roberts on Jan. 21 at the U.S. Capitol, but he will be administered the actual oath a day earlier, as per the constitution.

The unusual practice of having separate official and ceremonial swearing-in ceremonies is taking place this year because Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, falls on a Sunday, when courts and other public institutions are closed.

"I will be honored to again stand on the inaugural platform and take part in this important American tradition," said Obama.


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-- Media contributed to this report