January 16, 2010 03:03:37 GMT
MTV, FOX, HBO and others including The CW that has 'Smallville' scheduled to return on the date, will air the commercial-free two-hour event live.
It is now confirmed that major networks will accommodate a global telethon to raise money for the victims of Haiti earthquake. MTV, ABC, CNN, The CW, HBO, BET, FOX, and CBS are listed as the networks that will air a commercial-free broadcast on January 22. This means, "Smallville" return will have to be pre-empted.
George Clooney will helm the broadcast from Los Angeles while the New York City and Haiti will be covered by Wyclef Jean and Anderson Cooper respectively. A two-hour special, "Hope for Haiti" will be aired live at 8/7c, featuring musical performances, celebrity appearances as well as live news report from CNN. Names of celebrities participating will be announced soon.
The event is aimed to raise money for Red Cross, UNICEF, the Yele Haiti Foundation, Oxfam America and Partners in Health. These organizations will be given equal amount of donations to help reliving the damage in the Caribbean country.
Additionally, social networking sites Facebook and MySpace have signed on as official social media partners to promote the event and help drive donations.