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Networks to air Katrina telethon next Friday

‘Shelter From the Storm’ will feature performances and celebrities
/ Source: Hollywood Reporter

The six major broadcast networks have finalized their plans to present a live hourlong Hurricane Katrina relief special to air next Friday at 8 p.m.

“Shelter From the Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” will feature performances and celebrity appearances originating from Los Angeles and New York (the telecast will air on tape-delay in West Coast and Mountain time zones).

Veteran live events producer Joel Gallen has been recruited to executive produce the telecast. Gallen drew widespread praise for spearheading the “America: A Tribute to Heroes” telethon that the major broadcasters arranged a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in 2001.

Calling it a “cooperative and collaborative effort,” ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the WB Network and UPN said they will air the special in simultaneous “roadblock” fashion in an effort to underscore the depth of the need among victims of Katrina in the hardest-hit Gulf Coast states of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. The “Shelter” feed will also be made available to other cable and satellite outlets.

In confirming plans for the benefit telecast Friday, the broadcast networks said that details about the collection of donations and what organizations would receive those donations were to be announced later.