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President Biden, in his first prime-time address since taking office, is planning on Thursday night to speak to a nation still reeling from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, offering a look back on the devastating year as well as previewing what he will characterize as a coming return to some sense of normalcy, according to White House officials.

Date/ Time of Biden’s address

Joe Biden is making his first primetime address to the nation as President of the United States on Thursday, with the remarks set to begin at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT, meaning the broadcast networks will be breaking into their regularly scheduled lineups to cover it.

Biden has plenty to discuss, with the main topic the one-year anniversary of the Covid pandemic this week. It comes as a massive $1.9 trillion relief package passed by Congress this week heads to his desk for signature, the vehicle for Biden’s major bet that the stimulus will help fuel an economy hobbled by the virus.

Channels to watch Biden’s address

ABC

ABC News will offer special coverage beginning at 8 ET with World News Tonight anchor David Muir leading the team. Earlier this month, Muir took on the task of leading coverage of major special events and breaking news as the network phased out the title of “chief anchor” that had been given to Good Morning America co-anchor George Stephanopoulos.

CBS

CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell will lead the network’s coverage at 8 ET, joined by Margaret Brennan and Nancy Cordes. It is part of CBS News’ weeklong “The Pandemic: One Year of COVID” series across its programs to mark the anniversary. Streaming service CBSN will also carry the speech live.

NBC

NBC Nightly News’ Lester Holt and Today‘s Savannah Guthrie will anchor a primetime special report at 8 ET to cover the speech live on NBC and streaming service NBC News Now. The pair return to headline a special Dateline at 10 ET featuring interviews with Secretary of Treasury Janet Yellen and White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain.

PBS

PBS NewsHour will offer live coverage at 8 ET with managing editor Judy Woodruff as anchor and contributions from White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor; Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins; and The Atlantic staff writer Alexis Madrigal, co-founder of the COVID Tracking Project.

Fox News Channel

The network will air Biden’s speech live at 8 ET.

MSNBC

Chris Hayes will host “All In America: The Year We Meet Again” live from the Lincoln Memorial that will include Biden’s address. Hayes will be joined by White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain live on set for a one-on-one interview about the administration’s Covid-19 strategy.

How to watch President Biden's prime-time address

  • What: President Biden delivers his first prime-time address, marking one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic
  • Date: Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET
  • Location: White House, Washington, D.C.
  • Online stream: Live on CBSN in the player above and on your mobile or streaming device.
  • TV: CBS broadcast stations

List of Regular Series Pushed Back for Biden’s Adress

Biden's address on COVID-19 anniversary: Time, How to Watch, Live Stream, Regular Series Pushed Back

ABC, which had Station 19 at 8pm followed by Grey’s Anatomy and A Million Little Things, will start their Thursday night drama block as soon as the President is done. It may start programming at the regular time and resume afterwards, depending on whether Biden is on time but fans will get to see all three shows in their entirety on the night.

The programming interruption will not impact Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Over on NBC, the network is pushing a new episode of Superstore back from 8pm to 8:30pm.

NBC News will be airing the address via a special report anchored by Lester Holt and Savannah Guthrie. After Superstore and a repeat of Law & Order: SVU, the network will be airing a Dateline special – Covid One Year Later at 10pm. A repeat of Young Rock has made way for the address.

Fox will be airing the address and will slide its originals with Hell’s Kitchen likely starting at 8:15pm followed by new episodes of Call Me Kat at 9:15pm and Last Man Standing at 9:45pm.

CBS currently has Young Sheldon on its schedule at 8pm, kicking off its Thursday comedy block featuring B Positive, Mom and The Unicorn with drama Clarice set at 10pm. It’s likely that it will also slide these shows until after Biden’s speech.

It comes as the late-night hosts are also set to mark the anniversary with Jimmy Kimmel Live! and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert both marking the event with specials Coronavirus-related shows. The ABC show will air the special on Thursday, while the CBS show will air on Friday with Dr. Fauci as guest.

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