MTV's Haiti telethon expands to other networks

george-clooney-getty-320.jpgThe telethon organized by MTV networks for earthquake relief in Haiti is expanding to several other cable outlets and all the broadcast networks.

The telethon, called "Hope for Haiti," will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 PT on Friday, Jan. 22. In addition to MTV, VH1 and CMT, the special will also air on ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, The CW, CNN, HBO and BET. MTV, CNN and National Geographic will also broadcast the telethon worldwide through their international channels, MTV announced Friday (Jan. 15).

George Clooney is among the organizers of the telethon, which will raise money for relief for the Haitian people -- as much as a third of the country's population -- affected by this week's massive earthquake. MTV says CNN anchor Anderson Cooper will provide insight from Haiti, while Clooney will be in Los Angeles, and Wyclef Jean will be in New York. MTV says the telethon will also include musical performances, news stories and other celebrity appearances.

Joel Gallen, who produced similar specials after 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, will perform the same duties on "Hope for Haiti."

Proceeds from the telethon will benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

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