ABC, CBS, NBC plan joint cancer telethon

Thursday, May 29 2008, 08:44 BST (03:44 ET)

Rival US networks ABC, CBS and NBC are planning an unprecedented link-up to raise money for cancer research.

All three will simultaneously broadcast a one-hour telethon show on September 5 featuring appearances from pop acts and celebrities, with news anchors giving information on cancer.

Stand Up To Cancer has been organised by a group of TV and film industry names from on and off the screen, many of whom have been affected by cancer. They include NBC's Brian Williams, ABC's Charles Gibson and CBS's Katie Couric.

Proceeds from the event will go to a range of charities involved in research and treatment including those using "less traditional" methods.