WNET to air major fundraising concert for victims of Hurricane Sandy

By Dru Sefton

The FCC has granted permission to WNET, parent company of Thirteen in New York City and operator of NJTV, to broadcast a concert fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief will air at 8 p.m.  Eastern Wednesday on WNET and other outlets. Performers at Madison Square Garden for the four-and-a-half hour show  include the Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, Alicia Keys and Billy Joel.

WNET will air the show on a 30-minute delay, a spokesperson said, to avoid disruption of  its public affairs programming.

Donations are being accepted online now, and viewers also may call to pledge during the concert. Proceeds will benefit the Robin Hood Relief Fund, a nonprofit targeting victims of the superstorm in the tri-state area.

Producers are Madison Square Garden, Clear Channel Entertainment Enterprises and the Weinstein Co.

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