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.
More on CMT Most Wanted Live.
on Grand Ole Opry Live.