NEW YORK – With the second anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks only three weeks away, TV networks have planned nearly no special programming to commemorate the horrible events of that day.
In New York, many of the Sept. 11-related events will be private and attended only by the families of the victims.
Instead of breaking into regular programming, the major broadcasters will cover the day in their regular newscasts.
On Sept. 10, CBS' "60 Minutes II" (search) is planning to re-air last year's exclusive interview with President George W. Bush (search) in which the president talked about what was going on behind the scenes at the White House the day terrorists hijacked four jet airliners and killed 3,000 people.
CBS will also cover the day's events on "The Early Show" anchored by Harry Smith from Ground Zero.
NBC's coverage starts this weekend with "Dateline" on Sunday. The news magazine is profiling "Jane Doe #1" - the first victim brought into a downtown hospital on Sept. 11. Producers have spent almost two years with her as she's recovered from burns that almost completely covered her whole body. On
NBC will cover the day's events on the "Today" show and "Nightly News."
Meanwhile, ABC is dedicating four days to the Sept. 11 anniversary, devoting almost all of its regular news shows including "This Week," "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," "Nightline" and "Primetime Thursday."
Among the questions ABC News hopes to answer are:
* Has the U.S.-led global war on terrorism done real damage to al Qaeda?
* After a two-year search, why hasn't Usama bin Laden (search), the world's most notorious terrorist, been caught?
* Two years later, are members of al Qaeda still living among us? What makes them pledge allegiance to America's enemies?
* $20 billion has been spent to prevent and respond to possible terrorist attacks. Is some of that money is being wasted?