Television networks bring something new to Iowa

By DAVID BAUDER | January 3, 2012 | 11:35 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New people are a big part of Iowa caucus coverage by television news networks.

Fox News Channel, CNN and MSNBC devoted all of their prime time minutes to the 2012 presidential campaign's opening night on Tuesday. The tight race and divergent opinions made it a struggle for viewers to make sense of it all.

Fox's new presidential coverage team was led by Bret Baier and Megyn Kelly. Rachel Maddow was the new quarterback at MSNBC. Technology was the star at CNN.

For networks that consider election coverage one of their most important duties, it was opening night.