CNN, the cable news network of Turner Broadcasting System Inc., said it is gearing up to bring its “Election Night in America” coverage to Faneuil Hall Marketplace as part of a larger plan that is set to telecast reports from a range of cities, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles.
At Times Square in New York, for example, CNN plans to set up “jumbo screens” so local spectators can watch the station’s coverage, the station said in a press release. The station is also deploying CNN-branded food carts that will serve coffee, hot chocolate, pretzels, and hot dogs to attendees, CNN said.
In Boston, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is preparing to offer a sneak preview of part of its holiday extravaganza, a light-and-sound show called “Blink!” that will feature the music of the Boston Pops.
When Blink! officially begins its six-week run Nov. 17, marketplace visitors will see a show that features 350,000 LED lights and an 85-foot high Christmas tree. Faneuil Hall Marketplace general manager Kristen Keefe noted that Blink! would not be possible without the strong support of Mayor Thomas M. Menino and the City of Boston.
Folks who visit Faneuil Hall Marketplace Election Night will witness a portion of that light show, but not the sound, a marketplace spokeswoman said.
The first Blink! preview is scheduled to take place at 5:00 p.m. live on CNN, she added.
In a statement, Menino said, “CNN’s broadcast from Faneuil Hall Marketplace is an amazing opportunity to showcase this landmark to a national audience.”