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Special coverage on Syria Sept 9 & 10

Written by Fred Vigeant, Director of Programming and Promotions for TV and Radio | Sep 9, 2013 7:22 AM

September 9:

PBS’ Charlie Rose will interview Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Monday at 9:00pm in a special presentation of Charlie Rose on witf. In this global television exclusive, Assad gives his only television interview since President Barack Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for alleged use of chemical weapons against the Syrian people.

This marks Assad’s first interview with an American television outlet in nearly two years. The interview was conducted on Sunday, September 8, at the Presidential Palace in Damascus. The PBS broadcast will be the only place to view the interview in its entirety.

In addition, President Obama will sit down with PBS Newshour Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Gwen Ifill on Monday to discuss his latest attempts to build support with the American public, Congress and the international community for a military strike against Syria. The interview with President Obama airs Monday on the inaugural broadcast of the PBS Newshour  with Ifill and Judy Woodruff as co-anchors and managing editors.  Watch PBS Newhour on witf TV Monday at 6:00pm. 

September 10:

NPR and PBS will present live coverage of President Obama's address to the nation on witf FM and TV. The President is expected to make his case for military action against Syria -- in response to its reported use of chemical weapons. Join witf for in-depth coverage and analysis of President Obama's address to the nation. It is expected the Senate and House could vote by week’s end on a resolution supporting air strikes. This special news presentation will be available Tuesday evening on both witf TV and FM.  Coverage of the President's speech begins at 9:00pm on witf TV and FM.  You can listen online via witf's webstream or watch the PBS Newshour webstream for video online.

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