2013 State of the Union: Date, time, channels for President Obama address

Updated Feb. 12, 2013, 12:03pm CT

President Barack Obama will be delivering the 2013 State of the Union address — the fourth of his time in office, and the first of his second term as president — to a Joint Session of Congress on Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013. Following the president’s address, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida will deliver the Republican response. The Obama address to Congress and the nation is expected to begin around 9pm ET, and, naturally, there will be plenty of television coverage.

Here are some places you can watch the Obama speech and the Republican response. All times are ET. Not all networks have detailed their full personnel and coverage plans yet; check back for updates and additions.

ABC
Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor ABC News’ live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address Feb. 12 starting at 9pm ET. They will be in Washington, where they will be joined by Jonathan Karl, Martha Raddatz, Jim Avila, Matthew Dowd, George Will, Donna Brazile and Nicolle Wallace. Coverage will also include the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio.

After the Obama speech and the response, Terry Moran will anchor Nightline from Washington. The next morning, Feb. 13, George Stephanopoulos will co-anchor Good Morning America from Washington and have all the highlights of the speech, plus reaction and analysis.

ABC News Digital will be live-streaming anchored coverage of the State of the Union speech and the Republican response at ABCNews.com.

Bloomberg TV
Bloomberg TV will offer coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address beginning at 9pm ET on Feb. 12.

C-SPAN
C-SPAN coverage begins Feb. 12 at 8pm ET with a live preview of the 2013 State of the Union address. C-SPAN will get viewers’ thoughts about the most important issues facing the nation, via calls, Twitter and Facebook. Additionally, Frank Newport of Gallup will explain what issues Americans care about according to latest polling. Journalists Robert Costa from National Review and Amanda Terkel from the Huffington Post discuss the president’s agenda and the obstacles it may face in Congress. A few new members of Congress will also be heard from.

This is followed by live coverage of the Obama address starting at 9pm ET, then the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio, then viewer reaction via calls, tweets and Facebook.

C-SPAN2
C-SPAN2 will carry the State of the Union address live Feb. 12 at 9pm ET, and this coverage will also showcase tweets from members of the House and Senate throughout President Obama’s speech. Afterwards, C-SPAN2 will have on-camera responses from members outside the House Chamber.

CBS
CBS News coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address and the Republican response begins at 9pm ET, Feb. 12, with Scott Pelley broadcasting. Earlier in the evening, Pelley will also anchor the CBS Evening News live from Washington, D.C., at 6:30pm ET. Additionally, Pelley will conduct an interview with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) for the broadcast.

During primetime coverage of the State of the Union address, Pelley will be joined by Bob Schieffer and Norah O’Donnell. Major Garrett and Nancy Cordes will also report during the coverage.

CNBC
The 2013 State of the Union address will air live on CNBC Feb. 12 starting at 9pm ET.

CNN
CNN’s live State of the Union address coverage begins Feb. 12 at 7pm ET. Leading the network’s coverage of the president’s speech and the Republican response will be Wolf Blitzer, Kate Bolduan, Erin Burnett, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Jake Tapper. Providing analysis and perspective will be Newt Gingrich and Jennifer Granholm. Dana Bash will report from inside the U.S. House chamber, and Jessica Yellin will provide updates from the White House. Other commentary will be provided by Gloria Borger, David Gergen and more.

CNN International
CNN International will simulcast both the president’s State of the Union address and the Republican response on Feb. 12 at 9pm ET.

Current TV
Live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address begins at 9pm ET Feb. 12, with Cenk Uygur, John Fugelsang and Michael Shure analyzing the Obama speech and the Republican response.

FOX (broadcast)
On the FOX broadcast channel, FOX News Sunday host Chris Wallace will anchor live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address beginning Feb. 12 at 9pm ET.

FOX Business Network (FBN)
FOX Business Network will provide live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address beginning at 9pm ET on Feb. 12. Neil Cavuto will anchor the coverage, with Peter Barnes and Rich Edson reporting live from Washington, D.C. Following the address, John Stossel will host a special edition of Stossel at 11pm ET with a live studio audience to react to and discuss the address.

Fox News Channel (FNC)
Fox News Channel’s live coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address on Feb. 12 begins at 8:55pm ET. Bret Baier anchors the political coverage, with contributions from commentators including Juan Williams, Charles Krauthammer and Nina Easton. Chief White House correspondent Ed Henry and chief congressional corespondent Mike Emanuel will provide live reports from the White House and Capitol Hill, respectively.

Programming lineup for the night of Feb. 12 on Fox News Channel: The O’Reilly Factor (8-8:55pm ET); State of the Union address (8:55-10:40pm ET, live); On the Record With Greta Van Susteren (10:40-11pm ET, live); Hannity (11pm-12am ET, live).

Foxnews.com will feature a live webcast from its New York headquarters starting at 8:50pm ET, anchored by FNC’s Harris Faulkner, and featuring experts and political insiders.

Link TV
KCETLink’s SoCal Connected will air special live coverage of the State of the Union address on Link TV, Feb. 12 starting at 9pm ET. Hosts Val Zavala and Madeleine Brand will preview the speech with The Washington Post‘s Aaron Blake, who writes for the newspaper’s top political blog The Fix. Afterwards, Val and Madeleine will lead a post-analysis discussion with a panel of guests, which will include Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of CSULA’s Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs; USC Professor of Political Science Ange-Marie Hancock; and Nate Cohn of the The New Republic.

The program can also be watched live online starting at 8:30pm ET at kcet.org/SOTU.

MSNBC
MSNBC’s coverage of the 2013 State of the Union address and the Republican response from Sen. Marco Rubio begins at 8pm ET on Feb. 12. Coverage will be hosted by Rachel Maddow with Chris Matthews joined by Rev. Al Sharpton, Ed Schultz and Lawrence O’Donnell. Guests and contributors will include Chris Hayes, Melissa Harris-Perry, Ezra Klein, Michael Steele, Eugene Robinson, Robert Gibbs, Victoria DeFrancesco Soto and Howard Fineman.

After the address, Chris Matthews will anchor an additional live hour from 12am-1am ET (late-night Feb. 12/early-morning Feb. 13). Other guests during this hour will include David Corn, Joy-Ann Reid, Ron Reagan, and Bob Shrum.

mun2
The Latino youth network mun2 will air the 2013 State of the Union address live, with simultaneous Spanish-language translation, at 9pm ET on Feb. 12. Noticias Telemundo news anchor José Díaz-Balart will present the speech as well as the Republican rebuttal directly from Washington D.C. for both Telemundo and mun2 (see Telemundo coverage below).

NBC
NBC News coverage begins at 8:45pm ET on Feb. 12 with a web-exclusive pre-show streaming live on NBCNews.com. The on-air broadcast begins at 9pm ET on NBC, and will live-stream on NBCNews.com and the NBC Politics iPad app.

The online pre-show and full broadcast will be anchored live from Washington, D.C., by Brian Williams, joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell, as well as Kelly O’Donnell inside the House chamber.

Following the Republican response, Williams will get further response from Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), joining from Capitol Hill, and Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), joining from the Governor’s mansion in Baton Rouge.

Telemundo
Telemundo will offer live news cut-ins and highlights during the State of the Union address, and broadcast a replay of the entire Obama speech at 11:35pm ET/PT on Feb. 12. The network’s sister station, the Latino youth cable network mun2, will air the SOTU live (see above). Noticias Telemundo news anchor José Díaz-Balart will present the speech as well as the Republican rebuttal directly from Washington D.C. for both Telemundo and mun2.

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President Obama delivering his 2011 State of the Union address: Pete Souza/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom

 

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