The three biggest television networks operating in the United States, ABC, NBC and CBS are coming together to help fight cancer.
All three networks will be donating one hour of simultaneous commercial free television programming this coming fall in a broadcast called “Stand Up To Cancer,” with proceeds going to cancer research.
The show will be aired on September 5th and will feature performances from musical groups and film stars, as well as contain educational pieces from news anchors about cancer.
“The statistics are staggering,” said Charles Gibson, anchor of ABC News’s “World News Tonight with Charles Gibson.” “Cancer claims one person every minute every day in the United States.”
“It just seemed like a great opportunity to reach out to the whole national community and say we need to galvanize the country,” stated Katie Couric, the anchor of the “CBS Evening News” whose own husband and sister died from cancer.
“Wanting to do it was sort of a no-brainer for everyone,” Ms. Couric added. “Working out the particulars, the date, the length of the special, who will be involved, etc., etc., took a little effort.”