‘Hope for Haiti Now’ Telethon takes over television, Internet, radio on Friday for earthquake relief – There are times in the world’s history when the global community seems to come together in response to a tragedy or shock. Millions of people around the world watched President John F. Kennedy’s funeral and that of Princess Diana on television in two different decades of the twentieth century. Millions watched the television coverage of the 9/11 attacks in the United States and the sorrow and devastation caused by Hurrican Katrina. Friday evening, millions of people around the world will be tuned in to a global telethon organized by Hollywood actor George Clooney and MTV to raise money for earthquake relief in Haiti.
Where to Watch or Listen:
The “Help For Haiti Now: A Global Benfit for Earthquake Relief” telethon airs from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET on January 22, 2010 on these television networks: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, CMT, PBS, TNT, Showtime, Comedy Central, Bravo, E! Entertainment, National Geographic Channel, Oxygen, G4, CENTRIC, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, Palladia, SoapNet, Style, Discovery Health, Planet Green, CNN en Español, HBO Latino and Canadian networks, including CBC Television, CTV, Global Television and MuchMusic. International television networks include: BET International, CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International.
On the Internet, the telethon will broadcast via: YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, CNN.com, MTV.com, VH1.com and Rhapsody.
Those on the go can also tune in via their mobile devices to Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV.
Radio will also cover the event, which is open to all land-based stations which wish to carry it. Satellite radio will broadcast the event via SIRIUS XM Radio as a one-time-only radio broadcast via the MTV Radio Network and Westwood One.
Who Will Perform, Present, or Answer Phones?
At last count, MTV News is reporting that Mr. Clooney says he has solicited “about 130 to 140 actors, athletes, singers and television hosts, and they’re all coming up not to be on TV, but simply to answer the phones.”
Artists mentioned as participating include: Brad Pitt, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington, Halle Berry, Jon Stewart, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Samuel L. Jackson, Tom Hanks, Will Smith, Madonna, Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, Sting, Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, Emiline Michel, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Keith Urban, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Beyoncé, Coldplay, Bono, The Edge, Jay-Z and Rihanna.
What organizations will benefit?
Red Cross, Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, UNICEF, Yele Haiti Foundation, United Nations World Food Programme, OXFAM America, Partners in Health.
The full 2-hour broadcast will be available after the telethon for download from iTunes for $7.99, and individual performances will be made available for $0.99. Other musicians, performers, and record companies are making donations via downloads to the cause.
**HOW TO DONATE: Donations are being accepted now at the telethon’s official website, HopeForHaitiNow.org. Donors may also call the telethon number at 1-877-99-HAITI.
George Clooney busy organizing star-studded Hope for Haiti telethon for earthquake relief
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