TV will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day, a major turning point in World War II, with special coverage, including a prime-time special on NBC.
"Brian Williams Reporting: Journey to Normandy" focuses on four World War II veterans, their D-Day experiences and their returns to Normandy, France. The program airs at 8 p.m. Friday on WESH-Channel 2.
Williams will anchor "NBC Nightly News" on Thursday (today) and Friday from the American cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach. Friday's telecast will include Williams' exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. "Nightly News" airs at 6:30 p.m.
"Today" on Friday will highlight key moments of the D-Day memorial services, including Obama's remarks. Tom Brokaw's profiles of World War II vets will air Thursday and Friday. NBC's team also includes chief foreign affairs correspondent Andrea Mitchell, chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd and NBC News national correspondent Peter Alexander, who is traveling with Obama.
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ABC News will offer reporting by chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl, who is traveling with Obama this week in Europe and will be in Normandy on Friday. Karl's reports will air on all ABC News programs. "World News with Diane Sawyer" offers the story of 90-year-old Cosmo Uttero, who is traveling to Normandy for the first time in 70 years to the beach he stormed on D-Day. That report airs at 6:30 p.m. Friday.
The "CBS Evening News," at 6:30 p.m., has marked D-Day with a series of reports this week. On Thursday, Mark Phillips reports on a "living memory" project that brings together high-school students from around the world with WWII veterans on Utah Beach. On Friday, Bill Plante covers Obama's speech and the ceremony at Normandy.
On CNN, Christiane Amanpour will lead the coverage throughout Friday morning from Normandy. She will be joined by Jim Acosta, Michelle Kosinski, Jim Bittermann, Max Foster and historian Kenneth Davis. CNN will cover the major ceremonies and air Obama's speech live in its entirety.
Fox News Channel will present D-Day coverage through the day Friday. Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry is traveling with Obama and will report on the official U.S. commemoration in Normandy. Correspondent Amy Kellogg will report from London.
Fox News Radio will provide coverage with Simon Owen reporting from Normandy. Correspondent Jeff Monosso will host a special, "D-Day: We Remember," which look backs at the D-Day invasion and examines Friday's ceremonies of remembrance.
HBO Signature will replay all 10 parts of the miniseries "Band of Brothers" back to back starting at 9 a.m. "Band of Brothers" originally aired on HBO in 2001 and focuses on Easy Company, 506th Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, U.S. Army. The epic saga includes scenes of D-Day, the Battle of the Bulge and the capture of Hitler's Eagle's Nest at Berchtesgaden.
The production is based on Stephen Ambrose's book of the same name. The cast includes Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Donnie Wahlberg, Eion Bailey, Neal McDonough and Michael Fassbender. "Band of Brothers" won six Emmys, including best miniseries, and the Golden Globe for best miniseries.
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