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Hope for Haiti: Global Telethon Airing Friday, January 22nd

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, MTV Networks has put together a global telethon titled Hope for Haiti, which will air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT channels in the United States and MTV Networks International, CNN International and National Geographic channels worldwide.

The telethon will air Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. George Clooney will host in Los Angeles, with Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Haiti.

The full press release follows after the jump.

Viacom’s MTV Networks Presents ‘Hope for Haiti,’ an Earthquake Relief Global Telethon on ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT

Two-Hour Special from Los Angeles, New York and Haiti to Air Friday, January 22 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT

Donations to Directly Benefit Oxfam America, Partners in Health, Red Cross, UNICEF and Yele Haiti Foundation

Facebook and MySpace Join as Social Media Partners

NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 — In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, MTV Networks is presenting “Hope for Haiti,” a global telethon to air commercial-free across ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, CNN, BET, The CW, HBO, MTV, VH1, and CMT on Friday, January 22, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT and 7:00 p.m. CT. “Hope for Haiti” will also be made available to MTV Networks International, CNN International and National Geographic channels worldwide.

Leading the charge for “Hope for Haiti” will be George Clooney in Los Angeles, Wyclef Jean in New York City and CNN’s Anderson Cooper from Haiti. The two-hour telethon will be broadcast from New York City and Los Angeles, and will feature musical performances and celebrity appearances to be announced prior to the event, as well as live news reports from CNN. “Hope for Haiti” will be produced by Joel Gallen, Tenth Planet Productions, in collaboration with MTV Networks and George Clooney.

All proceeds will be split evenly among five relief organizations currently operating in Haiti: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Yele Haiti Foundation (www.yele.org/text to give at 501501). Facebook and MySpace have also signed on as official social media partners to help drive donations and tune-in to the telethon.

About MTV Networks

MTV Networks, a division of Viacom ( VIA, VIA.B), is one of the world’s leading creators of entertainment content, with brands that engage and connect diverse audiences across television, online, mobile, games, virtual worlds and consumer products. The company’s portfolio spans more than 150 television channels and 400 digital media properties worldwide, and includes MTV, VH1, CMT, Logo, Harmonix, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, AddictingGames, Neopets, COMEDY CENTRAL, SPIKE, TV Land, Atom, GameTrailers and Xfire.

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