American television’s mammoth telethon in aid of Haiti will screen tomorrow in Australia.
Updated: AUSTRALIAN BROADCAST Saturday January 23
Live: 12noon AEDT MTV, VH1 and CNN and Network TEN
8.30pm AEDT National Geographic Channel
10:00pm Style Network
In recognition of this significant event, this Press Release is re-published in full:
Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit For Earthquake Relief, a 2 hour commercial-free telecast is expected to reach 640 million viewers globally -the most widely distributed telethon in history. This global telethon will feature performances by Wyclef Jean, Bruce Springsteen, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, Shakira, and Sting in New York City; Alicia Keys, Christina Aguilera, Dave Matthews, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift and a group performance by Keith Urban, Kid Rock, and Sheryl Crow in Los Angeles; and Coldplay, and Jay-Z, Bono, and The Edge in collaboration in a newly added London location.
Updated: Beyonce, Madonna added plus Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and former President Bill Clinton are among the participants.
All musical performances will be available for purchase for US99c per song through the Apple® iTunes® Store beginning Saturday, January 23, with all proceeds benefiting Haiti relief funds managed by Hope for Haiti Now charities.
Viewers in Australia and New Zealand will be able to call the on-screen international numbers during the telethon to donate. The lines will be open until 12pm AEDT and 2pm NZDT Sunday January 24, following which donations can be made online.
In addition to musical performances, Wyclef Jean in New York City, George Clooney in Los Angeles, and CNN’s Anderson Cooper reporting from Haiti, Hope for Haiti Now will feature more than one hundred of the biggest names in film, television, and music supporting the cause with testimonials and by answering phones during the telethon.
The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Programme have joined the list of relief organisations that will benefit from Hope for Haiti Now which also includes Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yele Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from Hope for Haiti Now will be split evenly among each organisation’s individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
Hope for Haiti Now will be the most widely distributed telethon in history, both internationally and across media platforms. The two-hour telethon will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm ET/PT and 7:00 pm CT.
Hope for Haiti Now will also air on newly added networks including PBS, TNT, Showtime, COMEDY CENTRAL, E! Entertainment Network, National Geographic Channel, G4, Centric, Current TV, Fuse, MLB Network, EPIX, SoapNet, Style, as well as Canada’s CTV and CBC.
The event will be live streamed online globally across sites including YouTube, Hulu, MySpace, Fancast, AOL, MSN.com, Yahoo, Bing.com, BET.com, MTV.com, and Rhapsody and on mobile via Alltel, AT&T, Sprint, Verizon, and FloTV.
Hope for Haiti Now will also air internationally on CNN International, National Geographic, and MTV Networks International, which is available in 640 million homes worldwide.
Hope for Haiti Now will be the first US-based telethon airing on MTV in China.
Facebook and Twitter have signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.
Australians can contribute to the telethon via:
• Online: www.hopeforhaitinow.org (via Paypal or credit card)
• Phone: 0011 1 773 360 0205 (standard international rates apply)
• Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation