Hallmark Sets 9/11 Plans

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Hallmark Channel unveiled its Sept. 11 commemoration plans Monday afternoon, featuring an victims honor roll.

That roll will pre-empt regular programming from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Sept.
11, with the names of those who perished from the attacks at the World Trade
Center and the Pentagon, as well as the airline crash near Pittsburgh, running
against the backdrop of a half-staff American flag.

Programming will go on as usual for the rest of the day and in primetime,
with public service messages acknowledging the occasion's importance scattered
throughout.

'We're simply providing respect for the heroes of 9-11, the innocent citizens
who were killed and the people who rushed in to help,' said David Kenin,
Hallmark's executive vice president of programming.

'The messages will be appropriate in nature.'

Other cable networks, including A&E and channels owned by Scripps
Networks Inc., plan to go dark or run honor rolls during that morning, with some
activities timed to the moments when the attacks took place in New York and
Washington, D.C. respectively.

At press time, Hallmark was awaiting news on the rating for Johnson County
War
, the four-hour Western drama running in one piece Aug. 24.

The program was repeated in late-night for West Coast households, in the same
fashion.

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