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4th Aug '14 6:25:21 PM Twentington
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In 1983, Glenn D. Daniels launched CMT, a television channel targeting fans of CountryMusic. Opryland USA bought the network in 1991, adding it to its roster alongside the similar TNN. By 1993, CMT went international, with a European branch. Viacom bought the two networks in 1997, with TNN eventually changing to SpikeTV.

CMT began with a programming line consisting mainly of country music videos, but under the ownership of Viacom, it has [[NetworkDecay changed focus]] much like {{MTV}}, albeit to a lesser degree. While many of the initial non-video programs were logical choices (reruns of ''HeeHaw'' and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', plus a country-themed revival of ''TheSingingBee''), the network has moved further and further away from its country roots with programs such as ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', etc. However, they continue to show videos often enough that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show. They also have their own country music awards show, hosted by Music/KidRock each June.

CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Pure Country (formerly known as Creator/VH1 Country), which is still primarily dedicated to music videos. Rival network Great American Country is also more video-focused.
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In 1983, Glenn D. Daniels launched CMT, a television channel targeting fans of CountryMusic. Opryland USA bought the network in 1991, adding it to its roster alongside the similar TNN. By 1993, CMT went international, with a European branch. Viacom bought the two networks in 1997, with TNN eventually changing to SpikeTV.

CMT began with a programming line consisting mainly of country music videos, but under the ownership of Viacom, it has [[NetworkDecay changed focus]] much like {{MTV}}, albeit to a lesser degree. While many of the initial non-video programs were logical choices (reruns of ''HeeHaw'' and ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', plus a country-themed revival of ''TheSingingBee''), the network has moved further and further away from its country roots with programs such as ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', etc. However, they continue to show videos often enough that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show. They also have their own country music awards show, hosted by Music/KidRock each June.

CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Pure Country (formerly known as Creator/VH1 Country), which is still primarily dedicated to music videos. Rival network Great American Country is also more video-focused.
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1st May '14 1:50:53 PM EarlOfSandvich
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CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Pure Country (formerly known as {{VH-1}} Country), which is still primarily dedicated to music videos. Rival network Great American Country is also more video-focused.

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CMT also maintains a sister channel, CMT Pure Country (formerly known as {{VH-1}} Creator/VH1 Country), which is still primarily dedicated to music videos. Rival network Great American Country is also more video-focused.
7th Mar '13 7:12:22 PM JIKTV
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CMT began with a programming line consisting mainly of country music videos, but under the ownership of Viacom, it has [[NetworkDecay changed focus]] much like {{MTV}}, albeit to a lesser degree. While many of the initial non-video programs were logical choices (reruns of ''HeeHaw'' and ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', plus a country-themed revival of ''TheSingingBee''), the network has moved further and further away from its country roots with programs such as ''ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''MarriedWithChildren'', etc. However, they continue to show videos often enough that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show. They also have their own country music awards show, hosted by KidRock each June.

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CMT began with a programming line consisting mainly of country music videos, but under the ownership of Viacom, it has [[NetworkDecay changed focus]] much like {{MTV}}, albeit to a lesser degree. While many of the initial non-video programs were logical choices (reruns of ''HeeHaw'' and ''TheDukesOfHazzard'', ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'', plus a country-themed revival of ''TheSingingBee''), the network has moved further and further away from its country roots with programs such as ''ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', ''AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''MarriedWithChildren'', ''Series/ExtremeMakeoverHomeEdition'', ''Series/AreYouSmarterThanAFifthGrader'', ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'', etc. However, they continue to show videos often enough that they maintain a fan-voted video countdown show. They also have their own country music awards show, hosted by KidRock Music/KidRock each June.
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