Jan 16, 2009

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Jonathan Thompson, senior manager of media relations
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NEWSEUM TO BE BROADCAST-CENTRAL FOR MEDIA COVERING INAUGURATION

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Newseum, the interactive museum of news located on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., is set to host most major news networks as each prepares to cover the inauguration of Barack Obama as 44th president of the United States. CNN’s coverage of the inauguration, broadcast from the Newseum, will begin as early as Saturday, Jan. 17. On Jan. 20, day-long network television coverage from the Newseum will be seen on ABC, Bloomberg Television, CNN, Fox News Channel and, in the Washington metro area, on NBC4.

On Inauguration Day, ABC’s Diane Sawyer will join Charles Gibson and George Stephanopoulos in the Newseum’s Knight Studio to anchor the network’s coverage of the swearing-in ceremony and parade. The Newseum’s Knight Studio on Pennsylvania Avenue is the Sunday home to ABC’s "This Week with George Stephanopoulos."

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will guide the cable news network’s coverage from the Newseum while Campbell Brown and others provide commentary and analysis. John King and CNN’s team of political analysts will use the network’s Magic Wall, an electronic display which often was seen during 2008 election coverage, to outline the parade route and other inauguration hotspots.  

National radio networks ABC Radio, CBS Radio and NPR will broadcast from the Newseum, along with metro-area stations WTOP and WHUR. Network affiliates WRC, WJLA, WTTG and WABC out of New York will provide local television coverage.

The Newseum’s unobstructed views of Pennsylvania Avenue also have caught the attention of photojournalists hoping to capture the historic event. The Newseum will host photographers from The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Associated Press, UPI and Getty Images.

To accommodate the multiple live television broadcasts, sections of the Newseum rooftop and terraces will be transformed into temporary television studios with anchor desks, production areas and tents in case of inclement weather. The Newseum’s prime location provides a clear television backdrop of the National Mall and the west-front of the U.S. Capitol, where the swearing-in ceremony will take place.

After the ceremony, President Obama will pass in front of the Newseum, which has been draped in a custom-designed red, white and blue building wrap, as he makes his way to his new home at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

The Newseum, which opened in April 2008, was designed and constructed to accommodate multiple broadcasts. Nearly 100 miles of fiber-optic cable and 49 audio/video panels allow news crews to broadcast live from virtually anywhere in the 250,000-square-foot museum.

The Newseum — the only museum fronting the inaugural parade route — will open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. and remain open until 10 p.m. Advance tickets to the Newseum for Jan. 20 are sold out. Some walk-up tickets may be available after 3 p.m.

The Newseum, located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on interactive exhibits. The world’s most interactive museum takes visitors behind the scenes of news and instills an appreciation of the importance of a free press and the First Amendment.

The Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit, is the main funder of the Newseum’s operations. The Newseum, while independent of any media companies, receives additional support from foundations, media organizations and individuals. Learn more about the Newseum at newseum.org.

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