CMT announces that its two live series Grand Ole Opry Live and CMT Most Wanted Live will launch on CMT Canada beginning Saturday, Jan. 5 for a combined North America viewership of 63 million households.
“CMT’s programming covers the full spectrum of country music, from the legends of the Opry to the new young guns,” said Brian Philips, senior vice president/general manager, CMT. “The Grand Ole Opry is the cornerstone of country music, and we’re thrilled to bring an American treasure into the homes of fans throughout the continent.”
“The addition of Grand Ole Opry Live to CMT Canada’s programming advances our ongoing commitment to present the best in country and bluegrass music to the widest audience possible,” said Pete Fisher, general manager, Grand Ole Opry.
“CMT Canada has been inundated with requests from our viewers to air Grand Ole Opry Live. We have pulled out all the stops to obtain the Canadian broadcast rights and are ecstatic to offer this show to our loyal viewers,” said Ted Kennedy, director of programming, CMT Canada. “We are extremely proud to bring one of country’s heritage programs home to CMT Canada.”
The Grand Ole Opry, a revered country music institution, celebrates 76 years as the world’s longest running live radio show. Grand Ole Opry Live showcases country music’s new stars, superstars and legends including Opry members Alan Jackson, Martina McBride, Brad Paisley and George Jones.
CMT Canada will also telecast CMT’s popular live daily show, CMT Most Wanted Live, which kicks off the new year with exciting new program elements including live Saturday reports from backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, as well as a new air schedule running Tuesday through Saturday at 7 p.m. ET/PT from The Gibson Bluegrass Showcase in Nashville. The Saturday episode of CMT Most Wanted Live will be immediately followed by Grand Ole Opry Live at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
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