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Animal Planet to Air Irwin Service

9/17/2006 5:22 AM Eastern

Animal Planet will air Steve Irwin’s memorial service Tuesday from 9 p.m.-10 p.m. (EST/PST), with an encore Wednesday from midnight-1 a.m.
Running commercial-free and exclusively here in the United States, Steve Irwin: He Changed Our World will be a same-day rebroadcast of the event at the Crocoseum, a 5,500-seat stadium at Irwin's zoo in Beerwah, Australia.

Animal Planet International is scheduled to run the memorial service across Asia, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Members of the Irwin family; his friend and producer, John Stainton; and celebrities and dignitaries are expected to attend the ceremony. Discovery Networks U.S. production president Clark Bunting and two executive producers will represent Discovery Communications at the memorial, according to a spokesman for the programmer.Irwin, the naturalist and TV star renowned as The Crocodile Hunter in the Animal Planet series, died Sept. 4 from the barb of a stingray. A private funeral was held last week.On Sept. 17, Animal Planet aired a 15-hour marathon, from noon-3 a.m., entitled Crocs Rule!: A Tribute to Steve Irwin, including interstitials from his friends, colleagues and supporters.

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