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MTV, major networks to air telethon for Haiti

Haiti's Musician Wyclef Jean arrives at the airport

Haiti's Musician Wyclef Jean arrives at the airport in Port-au-Prince the day after a 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit his country. (January 13, 2010) Credit: AP

TELETHONWyclef Jean, Clooney to host Jan. 22 fundraiser

The major broadcast networks and several cable channels will air an all-star telethon for Haitian earthquake relief on Jan. 22. A statement released by MTV Networks Friday says "Hope for Haiti" will be shown at 8 p.m., The Associated Press reports.

It will air on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, CNN, BET, the CW, HBO, MTV, VH1 and CMT. It will also be available internationally. Haitian-born entertainer Wyclef Jean will helm the show from New York, and George Clooney will host the Los Angeles part. CNN's Anderson Cooper will be in Haiti.

MTV says there will be musical performances and celebrity appearances. No other talent was announced.

The show will benefit the Jean's Yéle Haiti Foundation, as well as UNICEF, Oxfam America, Partners in Health, and the Red Cross.


Madonna donates $250G to Partners In Health

Madonna said Friday that she has donated $250,000 toward Haitian earthquake relief, saying in a prepared statement that her prayers are with the people of Haiti and that she donated to Partners In Health, a longtime health care provider there. Not On Our Watch, an advocacy and grantmaking group founded by George Clooney, Brad Pitt and others, on Friday donated $1 million to Partners in Health, The Associated Press reports.

CONCERTBenefit set for Jan. 30

at Sag Harbor theater

A benefit concert will be held in Sag Harbor's Bay Street Theatre on Jan. 30. All proceeds will go to Haitian earthquake victims through the Yéle Haiti Foundation.

The lineup for the 8 p.m. show includes Dan Bailey & Living Rhythm, an East End world music staple - Bailey tackles roots reggae, ska, jazz, blues and folk. More artists will join the bill.

There's a suggested donation of $25 at the door. Contact Bay Street at 631-725-0818 or

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