Whitney Houston's funeral will take place Saturday at noon EST at the New Hope Baptist Church in her hometown of Newark, N.J., and it will be shown live on several cable channels or streamed online on their Web sites.
Houston died on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel of causes unknown at this time. She passed away in a bathtub before mentor Clive Davis' pre-Grammys gala. Houston was scheduled to appear at the annual event. Houston's funeral, although private, will have a star-studded guest list including Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, and Alicia Keys, who are expected to sing. Davis and Kevin Costner, Houston's co-star in The Bodyguard movie, will be speaking at the service, according to media reports.
Here are several channels that will be providing live coverage of Houston's funeral:
-- The Associated Press will stream Houston's funeral on its Web site here.
-- CNN's coverage begins at 11 a.m. EST with Piers Morgan, Soledad O'Brien, and Don Lemon anchoring on CNN and CNN International. CNN will stream the funeral on its Web site and mobile between 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
-- Fox News Channel will have coverage starting at 11:30 a.m. EST, and it will be anchored by Uma Pemmaraju and Jon Scott in New York. Kelly Wright will provide coverage in Newark. Fox News will also stream the funeral on Foxnews.com.
-- BET and CentricTV will start their coverage at 11:30 a.m. EST with a news special, Live: The Homegoing of Whitney Houston. BET's Remembers Whitney, a one-hour special commemorating the singer, will be shown after the live coverage. Reports are that, on the special, BET News correspondent Bevy Smith interviews Houston's friends and colleagues, who include Kim Burrell, Kelley Price, Faith Evans, Ledisi, and others.
-- Bounce TV, a new cable channel targeting African-American viewers will air the funeral without commercial interruption starting at noon EST, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
-- MSNBC will start its coverage at noon EST, with Alex Witt anchoring.
-- HLN will broadcast its Farewell to Whitney Houston coverage at 9 a.m. EST, with Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks anchoring. Jane Velez-Mitchell and A.J. Hammer will report from Newark while HLNtv.com will cover the full funeral.
-- E! will offer funeral coverage at 11:30 a.m. EST, with Jason Kennedy anchoring the E! News Special Report. E! also has plans to air live and online coverage of Whitney Houston's funeral without interruptions from inside the church. E! will be tweeting live from the event and viewers can join them using the hashtag #WhitneyTributes.
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