Networks Will Partner For Cancer Telethon

Gibson, Couric and Williams to co-host Sept. 5 event
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2008 4:10 PM CDT
Katie Couric and Sean McManus, president of CBS News and Sports, talk to the media, in this July 16, 2006 file photo.   (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson)
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(Newser) – ABC, CBS and NBC have decided to work together to fight cancer, the New York Times reports. Each network's lead news anchor will appear on a Sept. 5 telethon broadcast on all three channels simultaneously. The principles—CBS's Katie Couric, NBC's Brian Williams and ABC's Charlie Gibson—have all lost immediate relatives to cancer.

“Wanting to do it was sort of a no-brainer for everyone,” says Couric, who pushed hard for the cooperative event—and will even return to her old Today Show stomping grounds to promote the telethon. All three anchors will produce news segments for the show, which Couric wants to be entertaining. Gibson agreed; “We will do interpretive dance,” he promised.