Exclusive Broadcast Begins at 4 P.M. ET on MSNBC and Hosted By Ari Melber, Joy Reid and Stephanie Ruhle with Jacob Soboroff and Savannah Sellers as On-the-Ground Hosts

The Global Citizen Festival on MSNBC Will Be Brought to Viewers With Limited Commercial Interruption, Courtesy of Our Sponsor Citi

NEW YORK – September 26, 2019 – For the sixth consecutive year, MSNBC and Comcast NBCUniversal have teamed up with the Global Citizen Festival to air an exclusive live simulcast of the annual Global Citizen Festival on Saturday, Sept. 28 beginning at 4:00pm ET on MSNBC, and NBC News NOW.

MSNBC’s Joy Reid, Ari Melber and Stephanie Ruhle will host MSNBC’s broadcast of the festival with MSNBC correspondents Jacob Soboroff and Savannah Sellers serving as on-the-ground co-hosts. They will be live from Central Park to interview and feature world leaders, celebrities and activists during the festival. Queen + Adam Lambert, Pharrell Williams, Alicia Keys, OneRepublic, H.E.R. and Carole King will perform as headliners, along with special guests French Montana, Ben Platt, and Jon Batiste & Stay Human.

“Global Citizen Festival stands for important causes that when championed, lead to a better world,” said Laura Molen, President, Advertising Sales and Partnerships, NBCUniversal. “We’re excited to not only broadcast the festival on MSNBC, but also to work with our partners at Citi to bring viewers at home the best possible experience with fewer, more relevant commercial breaks.”

Viewers tuning into the MSNBC broadcast will get to see even more of the action this year, with limited commercial interruption courtesy of Citi, sponsor and presenting partner of the Global Citizen Festival. Citi has partnered with Global Citizen since its inception and shares a deep commitment to help end extreme poverty through sustainable finance and innovation initiatives around economic empowerment, education, and sustainability.

Throughout the festival broadcast, Citi will spotlight some of these initiatives including the company’s partnership with No Kid Hungry, which brings healthy breakfast to millions of school children around the country and Citi Bike, the public-private partnership that provides New Yorkers with a sustainable, vital form of public transportation. Additionally, the MSNBC broadcast will showcase Columbia University students who adopt sustainable habits, like using Citi Bike.

Global Citizen has become one of the largest platforms for people around the world calling on world leaders to honor their responsibilities in achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and ending extreme poverty by 2030. Global Citizen continues to generate commitments and policy announcements that positively impact more than 2.5 billion people.


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