Television is going to a full court press Tuesday for Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles, and the city of Raleigh plans a special tribute service as well.
For CBS, Katie Couric is already in LA for two straight days of coverage. She'll anchor the evening news from the Staples Center tonight and tomorrow night, plus a special episode of "48 Hours" Tuesday night at 10pm. The CBS "Early Show" will also broadcast from LA.
"Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts is already reporting from LA for ABC, and Charlie Gibson will anchor from LA on Tuesday.
NBC, ABC, CNN/Headline News, FOX, MSNBC, E!, TV One, BET, MTV, VH1 and TV Guide Channel will all pre-empt regular broadcasting (that means soaps!) Tuesday at 12noon EST for the Jackson service. CBS
hasn't officially announced they will cut into regular programming for the service, but most likely they will announced today that they will also carry the service live.
Expect the cable news outlets to go with Jackson coverage all day Tuesday. TV One will rebroadcast the service at 7pm and 10pm.
Locally, the city of Raleigh has organized a tribute service for Michael Jackson beginning Tuesday at noon at the Raleigh Convention Center downtown. Special guests will remember Jackson with prayer and songs. A viewing of the service in LA will take place on jumbo screens.