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Major Networks Plan Katrina Relief Concert Special

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — “Shelter From The Storm: A Concert for the Gulf Coast” will air this Friday, September 9th, in a rare joint broadcast by all six major networks: CBS, ABC, Fox, NBC, the WB and UPN.

No details have been unveiled for the live, all-star charity concert, but plans call for an hour-long, commercial-free special featuring music performances and appearances by leading entertainers appealing for cash donations to the hurricane relief effort.

The stars also will pay tribute to storm victims and rescue personnel who have saved thousands from floodwaters in the stricken region, organizers told Reuters news service.

The simulcast, starting live at 8 p.m. for the eastern time zones, will be tape-delayed for the West Coast and mountain regions. The concert will also be made available to cable networks, radio stations and broadband Internet providers.

The event is being put together by veteran producer Joel Gallen, who also put together a similar two-hour special aired by major networks after the September 11th attacks titled “America: A Tribute To Heroes.” That concert drew 59 million viewers and raised more than $150 million in pledges to assist families of people killed in the attacks.

Another fund-raising concert will air on MTV on the following day, September 10th, featuring the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Kanye West, Sheryl Crow, Brian Wilson, Melissa Etheridge and the Neville Brothers, organizers announced on Friday.

Numerous other stars, including Mariah Carey, Julie Andrews, Pamela Anderson and George Lopez, will appear in a series of American Red Cross public service spots for hurricane relief airing on E! Entertainment Television starting on Saturday. –by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers