Networks to Go Dark on 9/11
As the calendar gets closer to Sept. 11, several cable TV programmers say they will let their networks go black in the morning as a way to honor the tragic anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Variety reports that A&E Network's four stations will fade to black and begin scrolling the names of the 9/11 victims at 8:46 a.m., and regular commercial programming will resume 100 minutes later. Two other cable stations, Discovery and BBC America, will air no advertising all day on September 11. The Discovery Channel's programming will be all anniversary-related, including "Portraits Of Grief" and "Faces of 9/11," and other programs about the attacks airing earlier in the week will be shown without commercial interruption, Variety reports. Meanwhile, BBC America announced that it will commemorate the day in the morning and early evening with special news reports about the one-year anniversary from correspondents all over the world. On UPN, primetime will be punctuated by minute-long profiles of young people who acted heroically on 9/11. The series of spots, titled "UPN: Portraits of Courage," will also be available to nationwide affiliated stations. Finally, the National Cable & Telecom Association will premiere original, 30-second public service announcements showcasing "positive, everyday life moments emphasizing a moving and forward message of hope," according to a network statement.
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