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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Will today's TV coverage have something for the kids? Yes. News addicts? Check. Sports fans? Of course! Whether you tune into broadcast networks, cable news channels or even ESPN, you're guaranteed constant coverage of all the major Inauguration Day activities, from the swearing-in ceremony (at 11:30) and parade (at 2:30) to Barack Obama's trip down Pennsylvania Avenue and the inaugural balls.

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-- Emily Yahr

Early Risers

4 a.m.: The local "Fox 5 Morning News" kicks off the day from Lafayette Square.

5 a.m.: CNN broadcasts "American Morning" live from Capitol Hill.

6 a.m.: MSNBC's "Morning Joe" broadcasts from Dubliner Restaurant & Pub on Capitol Hill; C-SPAN's "Washington Journal" starts a day of full coverage; "Squawk Box" on CNBC covers the morning with an economic spin.

7 a.m.: ABC's "Good Morning America Special Edition: 2009 Inauguration" airs from the Library of Congress, anchored by Diane Sawyer and others; "Today" on NBC sends Matt Lauer, Ann Curry and others to locations around Washington; Harry Smith and Maggie Rodriguez contribute on CBS's "The Early Show"; Fox Business News's "Money for Breakfast" is live from the Mall.

8:30 a.m.: "Inauguration 2009: President Barack Obama" on Fox News Channel broadcasts from the Newseum.

The Main Event

10 a.m.: TVOne chronicles the day in "The Inauguration of Barack Obama: Our History, Our Time"; CNN's Wolf Blitzer anchors from atop the Newseum; Charles Gibson, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos are on hand for ABC's "Inauguration 2009"; Katie Couric leads CBS's "The Inauguration of the 44th President"; "Inauguration Coverage" on MSNBC, with Keith Olbermann, Chris Matthews and others, is on the Mall.

10:30 a.m.: "NBC News Special: Inauguration Day 2009" offers commentary between events.

11 a.m.: PBS's "Presidential Inauguration 2009" has Jim Lehrer, plus analysts and historians; Pedro Sevcec and Maria Celeste ArrarĂ¡s host the two-hour "Toma de Posesion 2009" on Telemundo; Shepard Smith anchors Fox's "Presidential Inauguration."


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