On the heels of Thursday's news
that NBC, MSNBC and CNBC will simultaneously broadcast a live, Matt Lauer
-hosted fundraiser for victims of Hurricane Katrina on Friday at 8 pm/ET, comes word that all six
broadcast networks are on board for a bigger telethon, to air as early as next week and perhaps be hosted by New Orleans native Ellen DeGeneres
. Lest all this good will go unchecked by a bit of "controversy," the Peacock's rivals are said to be miffed by NBC Universal's unilateral decision to be first with an on-air fundraiser. But as one exec tells Variety
, such grumblings will be set aside in order to "do what's best for the people impacted by this [tragedy]." Awww. [Sniffle
] I... I seem to have something in my eye.