The One World: Together at Home benefit concert saw more than 20 million viewers in the US at the weekend, while JLS is to host a free concert for NHS workers in November.

JLS

UK boyband JLS has announced a free performance for NHS staff to celebrate the efforts made by the UK’s healthcare workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tickets for the November concert will be available from April 22 for doctors, nurses, support workers, ambulance staff, porters and cleaners among other workers in NHS hospitals.

The band is also offering free tickets to charities and organisations they have personal affiliations with.

One World: Together at Home

One World: Together at Home, a live-streamed and televised benefit concert to support the World Health Organisation’s Covid-19 response fund peaked at around 21 million viewers in the US at the weekend.

The multi-network show, hosted by Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, raised approximately $127m for key workers.

In the US, it was broadcast across television networks ABC, CBS and NBC, while the UK saw an adapted version on BBC One the day after. The event was also streamed online.

Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Billie Eilish, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, John Legend, Kacey Musgraves, Lizzo and Paul McCartney all performed as part of the show.

The average audience figure in the UK for the two-hour special on Sunday (April 19) was 5.4 million and featured additional content from British acts such as Rag‘N’Bone Man, Jess Glynne, and George The Poet.

Bundesliga fund

Leading German football clubs Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich, RB Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen have set up a €20m solidarity fund to support clubs in both the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga struggling to cope with the economic consequences of football’s shutdown.

The four clubs will forego their share of the undistributed national media revenue from the German Football League (DFL) for the 2020-21 season, which is approximately €12.5m, and will also allocate €7.5m of their own resources.

Christian Seifert, the DFL chief executive, said: “This campaign underlines that solidarity in the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga is not lip service.”

German league fixtures have not been played since March 17, with no plan having yet been announced as to when the competitions will resume. However, Germany’s health minister and two state premiers have both indicated football could make a comeback as early as May 9, albeit behind closed doors.

In a statement, German Minister Markus Soder said talks have begun with the German FA over the return to football.

“The prerequisite is that there is a well thought-out concept,” Soder said.

“What the DFL have presented shows that protective measures are in place. I could imagine that we can go back to the state of games behind closed doors.”

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