Barbara Walters answering a phone to take donations for victims of Superstorm Sandy during "Good Morning America," Nov. 5, 2012, in New York. ( AP PHOTO/AMERICAN BROADCASTING COMPANIES, LOU ROCCO)
(CBS News) ABC says its national "Day of Giving" raised nearly $17 million for Superstorm Sandy relief.
The network urged viewers to contribute to the American Red Cross to help victims of the storm on Monday. Appeals were aired all day on ABC programming, on Disney's syndicated shows and across other Disney-owned networks.
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The network's personalities made major contributions as well. "Good Morning America" co-host George Stephanopoulos donated $50,000 to the relief fund and "The View" co-host Babara Walters made a $250,000 donation after she said she was moved after answering phones on ABC's "Day of Giving."
Major contributors included Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks owner and star of ABC's "Shark Tank" and the Samsung Corp. In addition, the Walt Disney Co. made a $1 million contribution to local charities.
NBC held a telethon Friday for storm victims that raised nearly $23 million.