Anti-poverty movement Global Citizen will present Saturday night a major live-streamed telethon for frontline workers in the COVID-19 battle through a number of apps and channels around the world.

The historic special called “One World: Together At Home,” is billed as a global special that will acknowledge the sacrifices and contributions of frontline healthcare workers and others fighting the pandemic around the world.

The program will feature leading global health experts, alongside dozens of performances by the world’s top artists and comedians (see a listing below). Streaming partners and platforms providing access include: Alibaba, Amazon Prime Video, Apple, Facebook, Instagram, LiveXLive, Roku, Tencent, Tencent Music Entertainment Group, TIDAL, TuneIn, Twitch, Twitter, Yahoo, and YouTube. 

The virtual event will air Saturday (April 18, 2020), at 8 pm EST, and 5 p.m. PCT via a number of streaming partners and channels around the world.

Owners of Roku devices will find the program on The Roku Channel in the U.S., as well as on other partner channels on the Roku platform. It will also be available through other streaming devices and smart TVs, but Roku is putting special emphasis on the outreach, coverage and promotion of the telethon.

Global Citizen is a world wide movement of action takers and impact makers focused on ending extreme poverty by 2030. The group’s over 10 million monthly advocates, seek to unify their voices to power “lasting change around sustainability, equality, and humanity,” according to an organization mission statement.

Global Citizen will use the event to rally funds for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization (WHO). The WHO’s mission for COVID-19 is to prevent, detect, and respond to the pandemic. This Fund, powered by the UN Foundation, goes directly to WHO’s rapid response to COVID-19, the organization said.

In a globally controversial move, U.S. President Donald Trump lashed out at the WHO Wednesday for failing to challenge China’s early assertion that there was no evidence of human-to-human transmission of the coronavirus. China first informed the WHO of “a pneumonia of an unknown cause,” on December 31, 2019. Trump has said this week he will end U.S. funding of the WHO, pending a review of the organization’s activities surrounding the outbreak.

A detailed chronology of checked facts leading up to Trump’s controversial action can be found here.

According to a statement, the UN and the WHO asked Global Citizen to support their COVID-19 response by bringing the world together through music and inspiring everyone to take action.

For its part, Roku is making the One World event available on various other channels on its platform outside of the United States, including, in Canada, via BeIN Sports Xtra on The Roku Channel as well as on channel partners Crave and Global TV. In the U.K., Roku users can tune in through BBC iPlayer and Insight TV, while those in Brazil will find it through Globoplay.

Similarly, the National Football League (NFL) announced it will be providing a Telethon of its own for COVID-19 frontline workers and first responders during televised coverage of the NFL Draft, April 23-25th on ESPN, the NFL Network and ABC. That event hasn’t been mentioned in association with the WHO controversy.

“One World: Together At Home is a moment of unity, and a chance to come together, that will offer great entertainment to the at-home audience, while supporting the organization at the center of the pandemic response,” stated Hugh Evans, Co-Founder and CEO, Global Citizen, in a press release on the program. “We’re extremely excited to have Roku onboard to help share this important message with millions of streamers.”

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Roku said it is also provide programming on the One World: Together At Home multi-hour digital broadcast for users to stream ahead of the live event. Roku said the advance coverage “will show unity among people who are affected by COVID-19, as well as celebrate and support the brave frontline health care workers around the world who are doing incredible, life-saving work.”

“Now more than ever, people are coming together as a global community and our goal is to make streaming TV a little easier while people shelter in place,” stated Rob Holmes, Roku Programming and Engagement VP. “We’re very proud to partner with Global Citizen and bring this historic event to Roku users. What better way to show support for those on the frontlines than by staying in and streaming at home together.”

The unusal (for this era) presentation was curated in collaboration with Lady Gaga and hosted by Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel, and Stephen Colbert. The global special will feature appearances and musical performances from Andrea Bocelli, Billie Eilish, Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Burna Boy, Chris Martin, David Beckham, Eddie Vedder, Elton John, FINNEAS, Idris and Sabrina Elba, J Balvin, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Keith Urban, Kerry Washington, Lady Gaga, Lang Lang, Lizzo, Maluma, Paul McCartney, Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Stevie Wonder.

The One World: Together At Home streamed event will include performances and appearances from Adam Lambert, Andra Day, Angèle, Anitta, Annie Lennox, Becky G, Ben Platt, Billy Ray Cyrus, Black Coffee, Bridget Moynahan, Burna Boy, Cassper Nyovest, Charlie Puth, Christine and the Queens, Common, Connie Britton, Danai Gurira, Delta Goodrem, Don Cheadle, Eason Chan, Ellie Goulding, Erin Richards, FINNEAS, Heidi Klum, Hozier, Hussain Al Jasmi, Jack Black, Jacky Cheung, Jack Johnson, Jameela Jamil, James McAvoy, Jason Segel, Jennifer Hudson, Jess Glynne, Jessie J, Jessie Reyez, John Legend, Juanes, Kesha, Lady Antebellum, Lang Lang, Leslie Odom Jr., Lewis Hamilton, Liam Payne, Lili Reinhart, Lilly Singh, Lindsey Vonn, Lisa Mishra, Lola Lennox, Luis Fonsi, Maren Morris, Matt Bomer, Megan Rapinoe, Michael Bublé, Milky Chance, Naomi Osaka, Natti Natasha, Niall Horan, Nomzamo Mbatha, P.K. Subban, Picture This, Rita Ora, Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Jessica Parker, Sebastián Yatra, Sheryl Crow, Sho Madjozi, SOFI TUKKER, SuperM, The Killers, Tim Gunn, Vishal Mishra and Zucchero.

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By Greg Tarr

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