The Trump administration has requested airtime on major networks for President Trump’s prime-time message regarding immigration. The major broadcast and cable news networks CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNN have all agreed to carry the message.
In this article by The New York Times, it is stated that such messages are rare.
In the recent past, White House requests to interrupt prime-time programming on the nation’s broadcast networks were rare and usually reserved for moments of national import, like the death of Osama bin Laden, and networks usually granted the requests. There have been instances, however, where such requests were rejected by producers as insufficiently newsworthy.
Excluding joint addresses to Congress (e.g. SOTU), just, exactly, how rare are prime time presidential addresses in the past, especially those that are given airtime on the major broadcast networks1? Is there a list of such prime time presidential messages?
1Major networks include CBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, Fox Business and CNN.