By James Hibberd, the Live Feed
After some hesitation and a time shift, three major broadcast networks have agreed to carry Barack Obama’s latest primetime news conference.
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The event was announced Friday afternoon as Obama battles to bolster congressional support for an ambitious health-care overhaul while facing dropping approval ratings.
But broadcasters are struggling with falling approval ratings of their own; Nielsen’s audience measurements show viewership in a summertime slump.
The conference will mark the president’s fourth primetime press event since he took office six months ago. Such interruptions tend to wreak havoc with network schedules and can cost millions in lost advertising.CBS, which airs only repeats that evening, agreed early Monday to cover the conference.