Ann Romney could get snubbed by networks


Ann Romney (AP)

Politico reported today that NBC, ABC and CBS are not covering the first night of the Republican National Convention — when Ann Romney is scheduled to speak.

The New York Times adds that Mitt Romney's staff is (understandably) angry. The networks plan to air an hour of convention coverage a night for three nights; the rest of the time they're showing reruns instead. The Democratic convention is three nights, but the GOP convention is four, meaning one night will get short shrift.

Right now, according to the Times, the convention is going ahead as planned. Cable news will still offer more coverage. But Ann Romney's speech — the campaign's best chance to introduce a softer side of the candidate to voters — might be moved to another night.

Network convention coverage keeps getting cut back, even though in 2008 the ratings were huge.

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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