VHI India to showcase footage from Live 8 concerts next month

MUMBAI: In an unprecedented global music initiative, MTV Networks services around the world will air customised programming from the upcoming Live 8 concerts. These will take place in multiple international venues on 2 July.

Hourly bulletins comprised of performances, backstage interviews and specially created packages will air on MTV, VH1 and TMF (The Music Factory) brands internationally. In addition, VH1 India will broadcast 12 hours of Live 8 footage showcasing highlights from all the event venues.

Finally on 3 July, the day after the concerts take place, a one-hour Live 8 special with featured global performances will be made available to MTV Networks music channels around the world.

As the motivating force behind 1985s Live Aid concert, Sir Bob Geldof is leading the effort for this years Live 8 concerts, alongside international campaigns whose goals are to eradicate poverty in the worlds poorest countries.

Make Poverty History in the UK and in the US, Datas One Campaign led by Bono, each with millions of supporters around the world, have joined forces for a Global Call to Action Against Poverty.

In the US, MTV, VH1 and MTVs college network, mtvU, will run a shared feed for the first time ever, capturing the biggest moments of this universal music effort to help fight poverty. MTVs sister networks will provide select live coverage from every corner of the world, along with interviews with participating artists and fans on site, and produced packages.

These will look at everything from the original 1985 Live Aid concert to what is set to take place at the upcoming G8 conferences Live 8 is hoping to influence in 2005. In addition, CMT and VH1 Classic will be involved in showcasing Live 8 performances reflective of their brands in separate highlight programming the day after the concerts take place.

MTV Networks chairman Judy McGrath said, Our proudest moments are when we use our unique global position to help connect our audience with the important events of the day and offer a creative outlet for artists to express themselves about the issues of our time. Live 8 is one of those moments and were glad to join our musical brothers and sisters in every corner of the world to help shine the spotlight on ending poverty.

MTV Networks Music Group president Van Toffler said, Music has always served as a lightning rod for social change and commentary. Over the last few weeks, an incredible passion has been building around Live 8s mission and we want to help bring that passion back to our audience. By empowering our viewers to take action against poverty, we're reinforcing the message that as world citizens, we're all in this together."

According to Live 8's worldwide executive producer Kevin Wall, "America Online recognises that the Live 8 show is gaining momentum and becoming bigger by the minute and in the spirit of the event, have decided to open the door and get it to as many people as possible. They are delighted to have MTV and VH1 come on board and contribute."

This marks the longest period MTV has gone live for a televised event since Woodstock 99. 20 years ago MTV presented wall to wall coverage of the first Live Aid concert organized by Sir Bob Geldofs organization, Band Aid.

A veritable whos who of rock and pop music performed from two stadiums on two continents to benefit African famine relief. Many of the now legendary artists who performed at the original Live Aid will be on hand for this years Live 8, along with current artists from every musical genre including pop, rock, hip-hop, rap and country.


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