HBO to Broadcast Obama's Starry Inaugural Opening Ceremonies

News   HBO to Broadcast Obama's Starry Inaugural Opening Ceremonies
 
A mix of stars — including Barbra Streisand, Beyonce, Stevie Wonder and Bruce Springsteen — have been approached to perform at Barack Obama's inaugural opening ceremonies, which will be held Jan. 18 at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand

Variety reports that HBO has won the rights to broadcast the event, which will be attended by both President-elect Obama and Vice President-elect Joseph Biden. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will be available free-of-charge not only to HBO subscribers but to anyone whose cable or satellite services carry the channel. Brent Colburn, a spokesperson for Obama's inaugural committee, told the industry paper that plans are also underway to make the 90-minute broadcast available "beyond HBO." A list of performers has yet to be announced.

A children's inaugural event is also scheduled for Jan. 19. No broadcast information has been announced for that ceremony.

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