Two-hour, commercial-free special to be broadcast live on location
from Los Angeles, New York, and Haiti
TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, CTV, MuchMusic and MTV bring Canadian viewers HOPE FOR HAITI, a special live, two-hour, commercial-free earthquake relief telethon on Friday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT. Hosted by George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti, HOPE IN HAITI features musical performances and celebrity appearances to be announced in the coming days, along with live news reports from CNN.
"This is apocalypse," Jean said about the destruction in his home country. "We spent the day picking up dead bodies, all day that's what we did. There's so much bodies in the streets that the morgues are filled up, the cemeteries are filled up."
All donations from the event will directly benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Wyclef's Yele Haiti Foundation.
To help now, visit CTV.ca's Help Haiti page for information and links to aid organizations currently assisting the crisis.
Facebook and MySpace have also signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.
HOPE FOR HAITI will be produced by Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with MTV Networks and George Clooney.
CTV, Canada's Olympic Network, is also Canada's largest private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV is Canada's most-watched television network. CTV Inc. also owns radio stations across the country and owns or has interests in leading national specialty channels, featuring news, sports, factual, arts, entertainment, music, youth and fashion programming. CTV Inc. is owned by CTVglobemedia Inc. Canada's premier multi-media company, which also owns Canada's national newspaper, The Globe and Mail. CTV is the official broadcaster of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and London 2012 Games of the Olympiad. More information about CTV may be found on the network's website at www.ctv.ca.
For further information: For further information: Renee Dupuis, CTV Inc., 416-948-0203, firstname.lastname@example.org; Alison Salinas, Much MTV Group, 416-384-2865, email@example.com