There is an old adage in our business that the news never stops on the weekend. In the past year alone, we've gone from the tsunami, to the Iraqi elections, and to the first winds of Hurricane Katrina all happening on our watch. Nightly News is a seven-night-a-week broadcast (except for those occasional days when we are pre-empted by sports in some time zones), but we know everyone's lives are different on the weekends, and you may not be quite as plugged into the Web, cable and all-news radio during the day as you are during the week. So our staff here in New York, and our NBC News colleagues around the world, work hard to bring you as comprehensive a report of the day's news as we can, as well as those stories that take you someplace you haven't been, or tell you something you may not know. Our broadcast may be the one time of the day you have the time to check-in on the world over the weekend, and we want to make it worthwhile.
Which brings us to this weekend. The war, the war of words, the upcoming holiday season, and (gasp), another storm brewing in the Caribbean are all on the table. President Bush continues his Asia trip, with another big speech defending the administration's policy on Iraq, this one planned at Osan Air Base in Korea. Then it's off to China, where North Korea and bird flu will be major topics. The political fire in Washington will continue all through the news cycles of the next 48 hours around the country and on the Sunday talk shows, and our national editor, Robert Dembo, is flagging us to keep an eye on Tropical Storm Gamma. It's almost Thanksgiving, and we still are worrying about hurricanes. And if you have ever heard the expression Black Friday, you know it's the day after Thanksgiving for the nation's retailers. You'll hear reporters call it the busiest shopping day of the year (although I think there is some dispute about that). We'll take a look at what you can expect, and introduce you to a college student with a Web site that reveals what stores are planning to put on sale, before their circulars show up in the newspaper.
Saturday's broadcast will be seen around the country, unless the Notre Dame game runs long, and Sunday's broadcast will just air on the West Coast, due to the final NASCAR race of the year, which is scheduled to end at 8 p.m. ET.
John Seigenthaler and I will be posting every weekend. Let us know what you think.