Airdate: Hope for Haiti Now

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
9:00pm E!
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,, Yahoo,,,, 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: (via Paypal or credit card)
• Phone: 0011 1 773 360 0205 (standard international rates apply)
• Mail: Hope For Haiti Now Fund, Entertainment Industry Foundation


  1. dano of wollongong

    i missed it on TEN!! I had absolutely no idea it was broadcast on free to air in Australia. Of all the radio news advertising this got, they only mentioned pay tv to show it in Australia… How many people in my position who would of had a big gathering at their house that night, and not realise something so important was being aired?

  2. It’s great to see Ten picking this up.
    @T-Mac: one of the 9/11 telethons did air on free-to-air TV in Australia, on Channels Seven and Nine if I remember correctly.

  3. It is good to see Ten has picked it up. Looking at the programming, Nine could easily pick it up as well. I would have been surprised if Seven (Australian Open), ABC (WNBL) or SBS (Tour Down Under) would have made it live on their main channels.

  4. Its good to see Network TEN picked this up, i wished all the FTAs or atleast more then 1 would have screened it live or atleast shown highlights late on, it is really good to see foxtel channels pick it up as well, I should point out none of those channels are owned by foxtel at all, It is really good to see MTV will screen it around the world just because MTV is available in so many places, and seeing that both Style and E! are owned by the same people its sraged they would start it on each channel 30mins after each other, Also good to see CNN & National Geographic Channel showing it seeing they are both in the foxtel basic package, i wonder if it will be in HD?

  5. @Kenny: I was talking about telethons related to the disaster, not coverage of the disaster itself. There were a couple of star-studded 9/11 benefits, none of which aired on FTA in this country (they aired on Fox8 and other Foxtel channels). Compare this to the two disasters I mentioned, which were both apparently worthy of their own, all-Aussie telethons.

  6. how sad it hurts me to see people suffer hungry and thirsty they try hard to live with little money their families are gone its not good not good at all

    i wana donate little i have on payday for them
    atleast i can say i gave to sumone that needs my little cash
    how about anyone else
    give a little

  7. @T-Mac. Just as our FTAs devoted endless hours to 9/11, even though “there wasn’t a lot of Australian involvement”. Then, that was the great God “America”. This is just some remote outpost that most have never heard of. And they’re black and they don’t trade with us and we don’t even know where Haiti is. Uugh. I could spew.
    Perhaps GO! or 7TWO could replace two hours of their ancient junk or irrelevant “makeover” shows?

  8. RE Kuttsywood: the FTA networks probably didn’t want to pick this up because there wasn’t a lot of Australian involvement in this disaster (like the Asian tsunami or Black Saturday bushfires)

  9. Are any FTA networks showing it live (or even on delay) tomorrow? You’d think if all five networks showed Michael Jackson memorial live (and 7HD and nine with primetime replays), the would also show this too? It’s not like Saturday morning (our time) is primetime viewing.

  10. What a shame it’s only on pay TV in Australia. Since I don’t fork out the $100 a month to have Foxtel, I and 75% of the viewing population will never see it.

    Look at all those FTA channels it will air on in the US.

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