ABC to Air CMA Awards, CMA Music Fest Special

The CMA Awards will air on ABC in 2006, the first time the network has aired the show. CBS has carried the awards ceremony since 1968, and NBC televised it prior to that. Now, ABC has the rights until 2012. The CMA Awards will celebrate its 40th anniversary in 2006 during a show at the Gaylord Entertainment Center in downtown Nashville. This year’s CMA Awards show takes place Nov. 15 at New York City’s Madison Square Garden and will be broadcast by CBS. … In related news, ABC will air a two-hour special based on the CMA Music Festival on Aug. 2. The four-day event will take place in downtown Nashville on June 9-12.