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date: 10 April 2020

CMT [Country Music Television]locked

  • Craig Havighurst

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[Country Music Television]

The oldest and most widely watched country music cable network, CMT has evolved from a forum for music videos into a full-service entertainment brand with original and syndicated programming, specials, and a robust web presence at CMT.com. Launched as CMTV by Video World International of Hendersonville, Tennessee, on 6 March 1983, the channel debuted with a performance clip of Faron Young’s “Four in the Morning.” Renamed CMT, it was acquired in 1991 by Gaylord Entertainment, which by then had been running The Nashville Network (TNN) for nearly eight years. Both networks were sold to Westinghouse in early 1997 in a deal intended to further their longstanding corporate partnership; but following CBS’s takeover of Westinghouse and its subsequent acquisition by Viacom in 1999, CMT became part of MTV Networks. Like its sister networks MTV and VH1, CMT trended away from music videos toward produced programming and reality shows. Among its most praised shows has been ...

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