On Monday night, ABC, kicks off the coverage with a two-hour, tape-delayed broadcast of The Inaugural Eve Gala with Johnny Carson as master of ceremonies at the Capital Centre (Channel 7 at 10 p.m.).
Inaguration day begins with the networks' morning shows: NBC's "Today" show (Channel 4 at 7 a.m.) will be expanded by one hour, as will ABC's "Good Morning America" (Channel 7 at 7 a.m.) to provide continuous coverage. CBS will return to regular programming after "Morning with Charles Krualt" (Channel 9 at 7 a.m.) before resuming reports at 10 a.m. PBS plans to begin its coverage later (Channel 26 at 11:30).
During the day, network camera crews wll follow President-elect Reagan from Blair House to church, to Capitol Hill for the swearing-in, to the congressional luncheon after the oath-taking and along the parade route to the White House.
On CBS, Walter Cronkite will anchor his last inauguration, with Dan Rather following the motorcade and sharing anchor duties after the swearing-in. On NBC, John Chancelor and Roger Mudd will co-anchor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Tom Brokaw and Jane Pauley will cover the parade from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. On ABC, Barbara Walters, Ted Koppel and Frank Reynolds anchor from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Paul Drake will handle PBS's scaled-down coverage from 11:30 to 1:30.
Jessica Savitch hosts a half-hour special on the inaugural balls on NBC at 11:30, and ABC's "Nightline" with Ted Koppel will look at the balls and wrap up the day's activities.
The invocation, the presidential and vice-presidential oaths of office, the new president's inaugural speech and the benediction will be closed-captioned for the hearing-impaired viewers, on ABC and PBS, and by the National Captioning Institute.