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Broadcasters unite for telethon; CNN staff pull out of Afghanistan; and Neilsen delays ranking.
September 20, 2001

So far, 10 broadcasters and 17 cable networks have signed up to broadcast America: A Tribute to Heroes, a two-hour telethon to raise money for those affected in last week’s attacks. The tribute airs this Friday (September 20) from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

CNN correspondent Nic Robertson and three production staff have left Afghanistan after the network’s local news bureau received death threats. About six more CNN staffers are still in the country.

Neilsen did not issue its regular weekly ranking for last week, as it does not generate ratings for programming without commercials. All six U.S. networks ran without commercial breaks interrupting news coverage for most of last week.

WCBS reported Vince DeMentri was issued a misdemeanor summons for falsely identifying himself as a federal agent to get to ground zero during last week’s tragedy in New York. Originally, the reporter was arrested and charged with impersonating a federal officer.

In the face of the million-dollar prizes being given away by shows like Who Wants to be a Millionaire, 20-year old game-show icon Jeopardy is planning to double the cash it gives away by the end of November. Both Millionaire and Missing Link are getting set to enter the syndication market.

Court TV has filed suit against New York State, claiming that its ban on cameras in the courtroom is unconstitutional.

London-based distributor Impact will launch a programming division at this year’s MIPCOM. The new effort will produce everything from animation to docs.

Toronto’s ChumCity International has signed a deal with RTV China to provide programming for a new broadband service launching into Singapore.

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