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Channel 12 will pre-empt programming to air Hope for Haiti Now fundraising telethon

DENVER – (January 20, 2010) – With its tagline of “community voice – world view,” it’s not surprising that Colorado Public Television will pre-empt programming on channel 12.1 Friday evening (Jan. 22) to participate in the Hope for Haiti Now fundraising telethon for Haitian earthquake relief.

The 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. telethon will raise money to assist the victims of the January 12 earthquake.  The star-studded two-hour telethon will feature musical performances from Los Angeles, New York City and London, plus live reporting from CNN's Anderson Cooper in Haiti. 

Springsteen, Shakira, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson and Taylor Swift are just a few of the telethon performers.  Presenters and speakers in Los Angeles will include Ben Stiller, Brad Pitt, Chris Rock, Drew Barrymore, George Clooney, Halle Berry, Leonardo DiCaprio, Meryl Streep, Morgan Freeman, Oprah Winfrey and Samuel L. Jackson. Jon Stewart and former President Bill Clinton will be featured in New York, and Robert Pattinson will appear in London.

The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and United Nations World Food Programme have joined the list of relief organizations that will benefit from Hope for Haiti Now. The list also includes Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF and Yele Haiti Foundation. Proceeds from the telethon will be split evenly among each organization's individual funds for Haiti earthquake relief.
Channel 12 also will air a special Studio 12 tonight with guests who will provide  personal perspectives of the tragedy as well as current updates.

The Studio 12 guests will include:
• Rev. Jim Gulley, from Frisco, CO, Minister with United Methodist Committee on Relief, trapped in the collapsed Hotel Montana, rescued after 55 hours.
• Dr. Alina Dorian, Assistant Director, UCLA Center for Public Health and Disasters
• Jim Rettew, Director of Communications for the Denver Red Cross.
• Leslie Christensen, co-founder of Wishforhaiti.org., which is based in Castle Rock. That organization supports an orphanage in Haiti, and Leslie and her sisters have all adopted Haitian daughters. Linda, 8 years old, may join us.
• Amanda Pennington, Communications Officer at World Vision.

Tonight’s Studio 12 will be available tomorrow (January 21) for free online viewing at www.kbdi.org.


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