ABC, CMA Renew Broadcast Agreement

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• November 9, 2011

The ABC Television Network and the Country Music Association have extended their broadcast agreement through 2021. This morning’s announcement on the day of the CMA Awards (11/9), was made by ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee and CMA Chief Executive Officer Steve Moore. The new agreement assures broadcasts of the CMA franchises including the CMA Awards, the CMA Festival: Country’s Night to Rock, and the CMA Country Christmas for another decade.

This follows a bidding war between the major networks.

The 45th Annual CMA Awards, hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live tonight on ABC from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena.

CMA Country Christmas, hosted by Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland is scheduled to air Thursday, Dec. 1 (9:00-11:00 PM/ET) on ABC. The two-hour television special will tape in front of a live audience tomorrow (11/10) at 7:30 PM/CT at the Bridgestone.



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