NBC to Televise Hurricane Relief Telethon

Aug 31, 2005  •  Post A Comment

NBC Universal Television Group announced Tuesday it is scheduling a live benefit special to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

“A Concert for Hurricane Relief” will air in high definition Friday, Sept. 2, at 8 p.m. (ET) on NBC, MSNBC and CNBC.

The hour-long, music- and celebrity-driven broadcast will air live on the East Coast, tape-delayed on the West Coast. NBC’s Matt Lauer will host the telethon, which will be broadcast entirely from NBC’s 30 Rock studios in New York. The special will feature performances by artists with ties to the affected areas, including Tim McGraw, Harry Connick Jr. and Wynton Marsalis, as well as appearances by Leonardo DiCaprio and other celebrities.

Viewers will be encouraged to donate to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund in support of hurricane relief through its Web site and donation hotline (redcross.org or 1-800-HELP NOW).