WASHINGTON — An official tribute website to Ted Kennedy went online on Wednesday within hours of his death as US television networks, newspapers and magazines provided wall-to-wall coverage on the Senate legend.
TedKennedy.org features biographical information about Kennedy, a message from his family, excerpts from his notable speeches, tributes from prominent world figures and videos and photographs.
It also offers a forum for visitors to submit their own tributes to the Massachusetts senator who died on Tuesday at the age of 77 at his home in Hyannis Port.
The website is published by a group founded by Kennedy, the Committee for a Democratic Majority.
US television networks were blanketed on Wednesday with coverage of Kennedy's death and announced plans to air special programs about him.
ABC News was to broadcast a one-hour special called "Remembering Ted Kennedy" while CBS News planned a program called "Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother."
CNN announced plans to re-broadcast an HBO documentary, "Teddy in His Own Words."
The Boston Globe, the largest newspaper in Kennedy's home state, stopped the presses overnight to revamp the front page when news of his death was announced at around 1:20 am.
Boston Globe editor Martin Baron told Editor and Publisher magazine that two editions of the newspaper had already been printed when the announcement of Kennedy's death was made by his family.
He said he ordered the third edition to be stopped and changed and a fourth edition to be printed with an obituary and other stories on the last surviving Kennedy brother.
The newspaper planned to run a special 12-page section in Thursday's paper, Baron told Editor and Publisher.
Time and Newsweek magazines meanwhile announced plans to publish special commemorative issues on Kennedy on Friday.
"Senator Kennedy is a fascinating, transcendent figure, and our special issue is devoted to shedding light on one of the most controversial politicians in our history," said Newsweek editor Jon Meacham.
Time said it had also published commemorative editions recently on Barack Obama?s election as president of the United States and the deaths of Princess Diana and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Time also published a special edition on the death of Michael Jackson.
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