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Networks line up for Live 8

MTV and VH1 will telecast eight hours of the Live 8 concerts on July 2, the networks said yesterday.

The performances, which will feature U2, Coldplay, Madonna, Dave Matthews Band, Jay-Z, and Destiny's Child, among others, are being held in eight cities to raise awareness of poverty in Africa.

The telecast is a repeat performance for MTV, which showed the Live Aid concerts two decades ago. Like Live Aid, the Live 8 performances are being organized by Bob Geldof, the Irish musician.

America Online, which owns the US rights to the concerts and will beam them on the Internet, is also negotiating with ABC for a prime-time telecast on July 2 following the cable TV coverage.

MTV, VH1, and MTV's college network mtvU will be on the air with the same feed from noon to 8 p.m. that day, switching back and forth from different sites and also presenting packaged reports.

Related networks CMT and VH1 Classic will air concert highlights the next day featuring artists geared to their audiences.

It will be the longest period MTV has gone live for an event since Woodstock '99, the network said.

XM Satellite Radio will carry the concerts live from Philadelphia, London, Paris, Berlin, and Rome, America Online announced yesterday.

The Premiere Radio Networks will also carry coverage and performances tailored to three radio formats -- urban, rock, and pop.

E! pulls plug on 'Howard Stern'

NEW YORK -- E! Entertainment Television said yesterday that it will stop airing new episodes of ''The Howard Stern Show." The last episode will be seen July 8.

The televised version of Stern's radio show has been a staple on E! since 1994, shown weeknights at 11 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. and in the middle of the night.

Stern won't immediately disappear. E! said it would be airing reruns of the show for the foreseeable future. More than 2,000 shows have been filmed.

''As 'The Howard Stern Show' evolves into a premium service, it is time for our late-night programming to evolve as well," said Ted Harbert, the network's president.

Stern's popular radio program will move to Sirius Satellite Radio in January. His manager, Don Buchwald, did not immediately return a call for comment on E! Entertainment's decision to take him off the network.

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9:30 a.m.: ''Talk of New England"

12:30 p.m.: ''Globe at Home": producer Angela Shaw talks with Lisa Roach from the ''Matty in the Morning Show" on WXKS (KISS) 108.

5 p.m.: ''Around the Globe"

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Mozart's Horn Concerto No. 4; Kraus's Symphony in D; Dvorak's Scherzo Capriccioso.

Noon WUMB-FM (91.9) -- ''Live at Noon." Guest: Session Americana, country, pop, rock, acoustic, and roots music revue.

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