Wednesday, 20 January 2010

MTV to show ‘Hope for Haiti’ benefit concert in UK

George Clooney and Haitian born Wyclef Jean’s star-studded benefit show for the victims of the Haiti earthquake will be shown on MTV UK, the network announced.

The two hour telethon, Hope for Haiti, will be screened live from 0100 GMT on Saturday, 23 January. It will then be repeated at 0900 GMT on Saturday morning.

Jay-Z, Coldplay, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Bono and Taylor Swift are just a few of the many stars set to perform at the fundraising event.

Funds raised will go to Oxfam America, Red Cross, UNICEF, Partners in Health and the Yele Haiti Foundation.

Performances are also due from Bruce Springsteen, Bono and Christina Aguilera.

Speaking to the BBC, ahead of the Golden Globes on Sunday, Clooney said more than 40 stars had already signed up to take part.

He added the aim of the event was to "to show the people of Haiti that the whole world is paying attention".

In the US, the telethon is being screened without commercials on 11 channels, including the main broadcasters NBC, ABC and CBS.

Other musicians contributing to the Haiti cause include Lady Gaga, who will donate the proceeds of a forthcoming concert in New York to the relief effort.

Scottish indie rockers Mogwai have announced they are auctioning the band's piano on eBay and will donate the money to Oxfam and Doctors without Borders.

The Caribbean nation has suffered another devastating earthquake today (20.01.10), while the area is still recovering from last week’s first natural disaster.

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