How the big three covered the SOTU

All three major networks carried primetime coverage of Donald Trump’s State of the Union Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, for a variety of setups.

NBC News used Studio 1A, the home of “Today,” much like it did for its 2018 election coverage, with a large video wall background of the Capitol with a starry sky. An NBC News logo band was also visible in blue behind anchors Savannah Guthrie and Lester Holt.

It’s worth noting that NBC was the only network to cover the speech from New York — but a fire Jan. 20 that reportedly heavily damaged two of its main studios in Washington may have played a role in that decision.

ABC News, meanwhile, created a temporary setup with U-shaped desk with seating for seven. A large video wall behind anchor George Stephanopoulos showed a fed of the Capitol with an arch of stars above him, while two vertical panels on either side showed stylized imagery of the Capitol dome.

Two of the desk’s monitors showed the ABC News logo while the center one included the “State of the Union” logo the network designed — complete with an “A” that matched the star icon found in the networks “Your Voice Your Vote” branding.

CBS used the same set it used for “CBS Evening News” earlier that night.

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