ABC to Air Manchester Benefit Concert with Ariana Grande

    With performances from Justin Bieber, Pharrell, Coldplay, and more

    ABC and their subsidiary station Freeform will air Ariana Grande’s Sunday benefit concert in Manchester, England. The concert, called “One Love Manchester” will begin Sunday at 7 PM in the UK (2 PM EST) and raise money for the victims of last month’s bombing. Freeform will air the concert live at 2 PM while ABC will air a one-hour special following the NBA Finals.

    [Update: Since the initial announcement, it’s also been revealed that the concert will also be streamed on social media, including Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter where the link is already active.

    Streams will be air in unison with the concert, therefore will begin at about 2 PM Eastern Standard Time.]

    Joining Ariana Grande will be fellow pop stars including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Pharrell, Usher, Coldplay, and former One Direction member Niall Horan. The concert will take place at Manchester’s Old Trafford Cricket Grounds, just four miles away from the site of the attack two weeks ago that took 22 lives.

    Freeform (the channel formerly known as ABC Family) still focus on teen and young adult content, with shows like Pretty Little Liars, Baby Daddy, The Fosters (and still hosting the monthly much-needed Harry Potter marathons), so the lineup of young stars shouldn’t have trouble garnering a lot of viewers on the network. TV coverage is being produced by the BBC. Both Freeform and ABC are owned by the Walt Disney Company.

    If you’re in Canada, Bell Media will air the benefit concert in a commercial-free format from 1:55 PM to 5 PM EST on its CTV, Much and VRAK channels. “We’re proud to make this concert available on multiple platforms so that Canadians can pay their respects and support our friends in the United Kingdom,”  said Randy Lennox, Bell Media president.

    “This Sunday, when Ariana Grande and her friends return to the stage, the world will stand united with families in Manchester and across the United Kingdom,” Ben Sherwood, Disney-ABC TV Group President, and Disney Media Networks co-chairman said in a statement. “ABC and Freeform look forward to sharing the music community’s message of love, hope, and resilience.”

    All net ticket profits from the event will go to the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund created by the Manchester City Council and the British Red Cross.