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Conventions? The Address Is CBS

CBS News will provide prime-time coverage of all four nights of the Republican and Democratic conventions.

CBSNews.com will weigh in with live, gavel-to-gavel Webcasts of every evening session and all major speeches, plus extensive coverage and analysis produced by its own team of writers and reporters. CBSNews.com will also feature a wide variety of interactive and multimedia features and bulletin boards, where users can exchange their views about the conventions.

CBS Evening News Anchor Dan Rather will write a daily convention column for CBSNews.com, while CBS News Correspondent Eric Engberg will function as political theater critic for the Web site with his Reality Check column.

Rather, who has covered every Republican and Democratic convention since 1964, will lead the most experienced team of political reporters in broadcast journalism, including Bob Schieffer, Ed Bradley, Gloria Borger, John Roberts, Bill Whitaker, Susan Spencer and Sandra Hughes.

Here's the convention coverage that will be provided by CBS News programs:

  • The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather (6:30-7:00 p.m., ET/PT), anchored live by Rather from each convention Monday through Thursday, will feature a daily special segment in which key convention participants sit down with Rather and CBS News colleagues Ed Bradley, Bob Schieffer and Gloria Borger to discuss the most significant issues and stories. Rather will also anchor the Sunday edition of the CBS Evening News (6-6:30 p.m. ET/PT) on the eve of each convention's first day.
  • The Early Show's Jane Clayson will anchor the broadcast's coverage from Philadelphia, and Bryant Gumbel will anchor from Los Angeles (7-9 a.m. ET/PT). CBS News White House Correspondent Bill Plante will report for The Early Show and Hattie Kauffman will report from Los Angeles. Additionally, former Democratic New York Gov. Mario Cuomo and former Republican vice presidential candidate Jack Kemp will offer their thoughts on convention activities.
  • Face the Nation With Bob Schieffer, anchored by Schieffer with Borger, will originate from the convention sites on the eve of each gathering's opening day: from Philadelphia on Sunday, July 30 (10:30-11 a.m. ET) and from Los Angeles on Sunday, Aug. 13 (10:30-11 a.m. ET). Republican Sen. John McCain will be the broadcast's guest on July 30.
  • The Saturday Early Show will present an in-depth preview of each convention on Saturday, July 29 and Saturday, Aug. 12 (9-11 a.m. ET; check local listings).
  • CBS Radio News plans comprehensive coverage of the conventions, including hourly updates, live anchored coverage of acceptance speeches, feeds of all major events and special features including a daily "UNconventional Report," a look at the oddities and off-the-beaten-path occurrences thahappen at the conventions. Radio coverage will be led by CBS News Correspondents Dan Raviv, Barry Bagnato, Lou Miliano, Bob Fuss, Peter Maer, Howard Arenstein, David Dow, Nick Young and Mark Knoller. They will be joined by Rather, Schieffer, CBS News Senior Political Editor Dotty Lynch, Director of Surveys Kathleen Frankovic and Assistant Director Sarah Dutton, political consultant Leoni Huddy and reporter Steve Futterman.
CBS News' prime-time TV coverage schedule, anchored by Rather, is:

Republican Convention:

  • Monday, July 31 - Live coverage within a special edition of 48 Hours (10-11 p.m. ET)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 1 - Live coverage within 60 Minutes II, to be broadcast at a special time that night (10-11 p.m. ET)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 2 - Live, extended coverage of the nominating process (10-11 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, Aug. 3 - Live, extended coverage of the acceptance speech (9-11 p.m. ET)

Democratic Convention:

  • Monday, Aug. 14 - Live coverage within a special edition of 48 Hours (10-11:00 p.m. ET)
  • Tuesday, Aug. 15 - Live coverage within 60 Minutes II, to be broadcast at a special time that night (10-11 p.m. ET)
  • Wednesday, Aug. 16 - Live, extended coverage of the nominating process (10-11 p.m. ET)
  • Thursday, Aug. 17 - Live, extended coverage of the acceptance speech (9-11 p.m. ET)
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