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Big 6 Networks Join in Telecast to Raise Funds for Gulf Coast Relief

Sep 2, 2005  •  Post A Comment

ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the WB and UPN are joining forces to simultaneously telecast a one-hour commercial-free special Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. (ET) to raise money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. A joint press conference put out by the six broadcast networks said the special “will salute the brave citizens in the devastated areas of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama and pay tribute to the rescue personnel guiding relief efforts in the region.”

“Shelter from the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” will be broadcast live from locations in New York and Los Angeles to the Eastern and Central time zones and tape-delayed in the Mountain and Pacific time zones. It will also be made available to other broadcast networks, cable networks, radio stations and broadband Internet providers.

Joel Gallen, who produced the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon in September 2001 in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, will executive produce the special, which will feature musical performances and appearances by film, television and music performers.

Means and method for donation as well as additional information regarding those taking part in the special will be announced at a later date.

NBC is scheduled to have its own telethon, which will be simulcast on several of the NBC Universal cable networks, Friday, Sept. 2.

Christopher Lisotta