CBS will carry live coverage of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge John Roberts on its Digital Broadcast Network. CBSNews.com and the CBS Owned Station's Web sites will also stream live coverage of the hearings, while regularly scheduled programming will air on the analog CBS Television Network.
The CBS Digital Broadcast Network is made up of 191 CBS owned-and-affiliated stations. The network covers approximately 99 percent of the nation and is available on a growing number of cable systems, as well as on DirecTV and EchoStar in CBS's owned and operated station markets, in addition to other regions.
"CBS has led the way in High Definition digital broadcasting," said Martin Franks, Executive Vice President, CBS. "Now, along with our affiliates, we are beginning to explore how we can use our digital signals to serve our audience in different ways, and the Supreme Court confirmation hearings will be a public service and compelling programming for our digital viewers. We will look for similar opportunities in the future."
The Digital Network also broadcasts CBS's High Definition programming. While some of that programming will be preempted during the daytime hours on Sept. 6-8 for coverage of the hearings, the Digital Broadcast Network will air HD coverage of the U.S. Open Tennis on Friday, Sept. 9, as previously planned. CBSNews.com will carry gavel-to-gavel coverage of the hearings.
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