Last night I wrote about American TV coverage of the tumult in Egypt entering a new phase with the arrival of such network and cable anchors as ABC's Christiane Amanpour and CNN's Anderson Cooper over the weekend. Read it here.
Add Katie Couric and Brian Williams to the list. CBS News plans to broadcast its evening newscast from Cairo Tuesday night -- a day when more than a million protesters are expected to march, according to Al Jazeera TV, which has led the way in coverage so far despite the best efforts of Egyptian authorities to shut down the Qatar-based broadcaster.
Williams, of the top-rated NBC Nightly News, could be on-air Monday night from Egypt is all goes according to plan, according to TV Newser. Read that here.
I wonder if the real pressure for change generated by the people in the street (and a constellation of economic and social forces in Egyptian life) is not ratcheted up ever higher when the anchors of the major American networks and cable channels arrive and set up camp.
My gut tells me that their presence does jigger the equation so much any more with all the other sources of coverage and communication. But I am glad they are there. Where the anchorman or anchorwoman goes, so flows the greatest resources and air time.
By the way, beyond the live streaming that you can see from Al Jazeera on your computer, there is at least one outlet for limited TV coverage from both Al Jazeera English and Al Jazeera Arabic. Satellite Provider DirecTV carries LinkTV weeknights at 10 on Channel 375.
On Friday night, I saw the best, ground-up, in-the-street imagery from Cairo and Alexandria that I have seen since coverage started. It was vastly different from the more omniscent, but distant, overhead shots that the U.S. cable channels and networks tend to favor. (From the hotel room windown down.)
If you don't already have it, here is the link for Al Jazeera online: http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/.
Here is the release from CBS News on Couric: