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O.J. Simpson: TV covers parole hearing

UPDATED: Because of enduring interest in O.J. Simpson, viewers will have access to extensive coverage of the former football star’s parole hearing Thursday.

Simpson has served nearly the nine-year minimum of a 33-year sentence for armed robbery, kidnapping and assault with a deadly weapon.

Some broadcast networks plan to break into regular coverage. You’ll see some of the same journalists on different channels. What to expect:

NBC: Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie, the network’s chief legal correspondent, will anchor a special report at 1 p.m. Cynthia McFadden reports from New York and Joe Fryer from Lovelock, Nev., site of the hearing. Coverage continues on “NBC Nightly News.” On “Today,” Guthrie interviews Chris Darden, a prosecutor from the Simpson murder trial and author of “In Contempt.” Simpson was acquitted in 1995 of the double murder of former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

ABC: George Stephanopoulos will anchor a special report on the network, and Matt Gutman reports from the prison. Chief legal analyst Dan Abrams and Deborah Roberts join the coverage in New York. “Good Morning America” will have a live interview with Fred and Kim Goldman on Thursday. The Friday “GMA” will feature Doc Johnson, a Simpson friend who visits him in prison, and Charlie Ehrlich, a Simpson co-defendant. Coverage continues on “ABC World News Tonight With David Muir,” “Nightline,” ABC News Digital and ABC News Radio.

CBS: Plans to offer a 1 p.m. report on the network as well as live, streaming coverage on CBSN. Look for reports on regular newscasts.

ESPN: “Outside the Lines” presents coverage at 1 p.m. Anchor Jeremy Schaap will be joined by ABC legal analyst Ryan Smith.

CNN: Plans to cover the hearing and news conferences on TV as well as a live blog on digital. The reporters will be Jean Casarez, Sara Sidner and Paul Vercammen. The analysts include Jeffrey Toobin, Danny Cevallos, Paul Callan, Mark Geragos and Areva Martin. HLN’s Ashleigh Banfield will be involved. “After O.J.: The Fuhrman Tapes Revealed,” anchored by Kyra Phillips, premieres at 10 p.m. Friday.

MSNBC: Chief legal correspondent Ari Melber and NBC’s Cynthia McFadden report on the hearing. NBC’s Catie Beck reports from Nevada. Melber will anchor a Simpson special at 10 p.m. Saturday. The program looks at Simpson’s life after his acquittal in 1995 and features business partners, friends, fellow inmates and rarely heard audio recordings of Simpson.

Fox News Channel: Plans live coverage of the parole hearing. Claudia Cowan, Jonathan Hunt and Dan Springer contribute reporting through the day. Geraldo Rivera and Fox News contributor (and former LAPD detective) Mark Fuhrman offer analysis.

WOFL-Channel 35: Fox 35 plans to take Fox News coverage at 1 p.m. on the air and on the station’s Facebook page. (The Sentinel has a content-sharing agreement with WOFL.)

HLN: Ashleigh Banfield leads coverage from 12:45 to 5 p.m. She discusses the verdict with guests on “Primetime Justice” at 8 p.m. Thursday’s coverage offer interviews with Yale Galanter, former attorney for O.J. Simpson during the Las Vegas robbery trial; Walter Alexander, co-defendant in the robbery trial; Gloria Allred, who represented the Brown family during Simpson murder trial; and John Q. Kelly, the lead attorney for Nicole Brown Simpson Estate

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