Where to watch the 2012 Republican National Convention

Updated Aug. 29, 2012, 12:23pm CT

Several news outlets will be broadcasting the 2012 Republican National Convention, which runs Aug. 27-30, at which Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan (both pictured above, at an earlier date) are expected to receive the official nomination of their party for President and Vice President of the United States. (Since this event is being held in Tampa, you also might want to keep an eye on The Weather Channel, to see how Tropical Storm Isaac, which is currently heading toward the Gulf of Mexico, may impact the convention.)

Among the notable headliners expected to speak at the convention are:

Aug. 27: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus; Speaker of the House John Boehner; Florida governor Rick Scott; U.S. senator from Kentucky Rand Paul; South Carolina governor Nikki Haley; former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee

[UPDATE: USA Today reported Saturday night that RNC Chairman Reince Priebus issued a statement canceling the opening night of the convention on Monday, due to the potential threat from Tropical Storm Isaac. The convention will convene on Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon. The convention is trying to accommodate all previously announced speakers into the compressed three-day schedule.]

Aug. 28: Actress Janine Turner; former U.S. senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum; Ohio governor John Kasich; Virginia governor Bob McDonnell; Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal (the New York Times reports on Aug. 27 that Gov. Jindal will not be attending any convention activities as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches his state); New Jersey governor Chris Christie; Ann Romney

Aug. 29: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell; U.S. senator from Arizona John McCain; former Florida governor Jeb Bush; U.S. senator from Ohio Rob Portman; former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty; former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; U.S. representative from Wisconsin and presumptive Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan

Aug. 30: U.S. senator from Florida Marcio Rubio; presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney

(Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin and Governor Brian Sandoval of Nevada have been announced as speakers, but were not scheduled at this point.)


ABC’s convention coverage kicks off with a special edition of World News With Diane Sawyer from Tampa on Aug. 27. Terry Moran will anchor special editions of Nightline from throughout the convention, making ABC the only broadcast network providing viewers with convention coverage in late-night. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor live primetime coverage of the RNC in Tampa on ABC Aug. 28-30 from 10-11pm ET.

C-SPAN looks like it has pretty extensive coverage of the convention, everything from The Oak Ridge Boys singing the national anthem, to all of the speakers and more. You can check out their schedule of coverage here.

* Scott Pelley will anchor three hours of live, primetime coverage from the RNC in Tampa, Aug. 28-30 from 10-11pm ET. Joining Pelley will be Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. Additionally, CBS News correspondent Bill Whitaker will report from the convention floor; and CBS News Political and Chief Legal Correspondent Jan Crawford will travel to Tampa with Mitt Romney.
* The CBS Evening News With Scott Pelley will broadcast live from the convention Monday-Thursday from 6:30-7pm ET.
* Charlie Rose will co-host CBS This Morning live from the convention Tuesday-Thursday, 7-9am ET. Gayle King will co-host from New York.
* Face The Nation With Bob Schieffer will broadcast live from Tampa on Aug. 26, 10:30am ET.

* State of the Union With Candy Crowley (9am ET) and Reliable Sources (11am) will both air from Tampa on Aug. 26.
* From 9:30-11pm on Aug. 26, America’s Choice 2012: Countdown to the Republican National Convention will air live from Tampa.
* Starting Aug. 27, Early Start anchor John Berman will host the show live from the CNN Grill in Tampa from 5-7am.
* Also live from the CNN Grill, a special convention edition of Starting Point with Soledad O’Brien will air Aug. 27-Aug. 30 from 7-9am. On Aug. 31, the program will be live from a local diner.
* Brooke Baldwin will anchor CNN Newsroom from 2-4pm each convention day.
* On each convention day, lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer will anchor The Situation Room from the convention floor starting at 4pm. On Aug. 31, Blitzer will take the show to Charlotte, in advance of the Democratic National Convention.
* At 7pm, CNN begins primetime coverage from locations inside the convention hall. Anchors Anderson Cooper, Erin Burnett and Candy Crowley will join Blitzer to lead coverage alongside chief national correspondent John King at the “Magic Wall.” Chief political analyst Gloria Borger and senior political analyst David Gergen will also be on hand for coverage.
* A special midnight edition of Piers Morgan Tonight will air live from the CNN Grill in Tampa, where newsmakers and convention attendees will be gathered.
* Throughout the week, senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash and national political correspondent Jim Acosta will provide coverage from the convention floor. Chief White House correspondent Jessica Yellin will be on the ground in Tampa to provide coverage of the convention as well. Senior correspondent Joe Johns will be on hand to cover protesters and security at the convention, while correspondent Tom Foreman will offer fact checks and take the temperature of Florida voters participating in focus groups at the CNN Grill.

Al Gore, Jennifer Granholm, Eliot Spitzer and Cenk Uygur will cover the Republican National Convention Aug. 27-30 from 6-10pm ET, with David Shuster and Michael Shure reporting live from Tampa, and Joy Behar and John Fugelsang weighing in.

Fox News begins its coverage of the convention on Sunday, Aug. 26, at 9pm ET with America’s Election Headquarters, hosted by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly, a one-hour convention special. They will continue to host this show throughout the week in primetime from 10-11:30pm ET (with timing based on RNC speakers). The program will cover the latest convention news and feature a roving team of commentators including Karl Rove, Brit Hume, Juan Williams and Bill Kristol.

The network will also air special daytime and primetime convention coverage with Senior News Correspondent John Roberts, Supreme Court Correspondent Shannon Bream, Chicago Correspondent Steve Brown and Chief Washington Correspondent James Rosen. The O’Reilly Factor (8pm ET) will be live from Tampa Aug. 29-30.

* Way Too Early With Willie Geist (5:30-6am ET) and Morning Joe (6-9am ET) will be live from the Morning Joe Elephant Bar at Channelside Aug. 27-31. The restaurant, also known as Howl at the Moon, will be open to the general public during the live show.
* MSNBC daytime programming continues with Chuck Todd hosting the Daily Rundown (9-10am ET) and Andrea Mitchell hosting Andrea Mitchell Reports (1-2pm ET) from the Tampa Bay Times Forum. Chuck, Andrea and additional hosts will contribute live reports throughout the day for MSNBC from Tampa.
* MSNBC’s evening coverage begins with Hardball With Chris Matthews live at 5pm ET from an outdoor set at Channelside in Tampa. Special primetime  coverage of the conventions will be live from 7pm-1am ET Aug. 27-30. Primetime coverage will be hosted by Rachel Maddow with Chris Matthews, joined by Ed Schultz, Lawrence O’Donnell, Rev. Al Sharpton, Chris Hayes and campaign strategist Steve Schmidt. Contributors will include Alex Wagner, Melissa Harris-Perry, former RNC chairman Michael Steele, Ezra Klein, Howard Fineman, Ed Rendell and Eugene Robinson.

* David Gregory moderates Meet the Press from Tampa on Aug. 26
* Matt Lauer will co-anchor split editions of Today from Tampa starting Aug. 28, while Savannah Guthrie co-anchors from New York
* Brian Williams anchors NBC Nightly News from the Tampa Bay Times Forum (site of the convention) Aug. 27-31. Williams will also anchor NBC News primetime coverage from 10-11pm ET on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
* Tom Brokaw, who has covered every presidential election since 1968, will contribute across all NBC platforms from Tampa.
* Also reporting from Tampa throughout the convention: NBC News Political Director Chuck Todd; correspondents Andrea Mitchell, Peter Alexander, Ron Mott, Kelly O’Donnell, John Yang and Luke Russert; senior political editor Mark Murray; and campaign embeds Garrett Haake, Alex Moe, Jamie Novogrod and Andrew Rafferty.

PBS NewsHour‘s Judy Woodruff and Gwen Ifill will co-anchor live, primetime, gavel-to-gavel coverage of the convention, with coverage beginning at 8pm ET each night of the convention and continuing live until the conclusion of the proceedings (approximately 11pm ET). The coverage will be interspersed with analysis, interviews and commentary, including:
* Political analysis from NewsHour regulars Mark Shields and David Brooks
* Jeffrey Brown with live dispatches from the convention floor
* Analysis from Stuart Rothenberg of the Rothenberg Political Report and NewsHour Political Editor Christina Bellantoni
* Presidential historians Richard Norton Smith and Michael Beschloss, who will provide historical context of the candidates’ acceptance speeches on the final night of each convention
* Andy Kohut, president of the Pew Research Center, who explores data to provide insight on what motivates each party’s activists and how voters identify with the parties
* Reports on what’s buzzing on Twitter before each day of the convention
* Broadcast coverage will include SAP (Secondary Audio Program) in Spanish

* José Díaz-Balart will lead Telemundo News’ coverage, anchoring live broadcasts of Noticiero Telemundo (6:30pm ET/PT), special editions of Noticiero Telemundo recapping the day’s most important events, including the nominating and acceptance speeches by the candidates on Aug. 29-30 (approximately 11:35pm ET); and regular reports throughout the network’s morning show Un nuevo dia (7am ET) and its daily news magazine Al Rojo Vivo con María Celeste (5pm ET).
* The network will offer in-depth analysis and interviews with opinion leader and political experts directly from the conventions on its Sunday public affairs show Enfoque con José Díaz-Balart (Aug. 26 at 12pm ET/PT).