CMT Expands Long-Form Offerings


Complementing its coverage of the country-music industry's biggest events,
CMT: Country Music Television will launch a daily interactive show this summer.

These were among the long-form programming announcements made by John Sykes,
president of VH1 and CMT, during the Viacom Inc. network's upfront advertising
presentation in Manhattan Tuesday.

CMT Most Wanted Live will bow this summer, bringing
viewers the latest in country-music news and information, as well as artist
appearances and performances, the network announced.

The live show -- emanating from the brand new Country
Music Hall of Fame in downtown Nashville, Tenn. -- will also present
world-premiere videos and react to input from the audience, as well as viewers
via phone lines and the channel's Web


CMT will embrace several of the country's top events with a full week's worth
of special programming, news segments and reports from the Academy of Country
Music Awards in May and the Country Music Association Awards in November.

During June, CMT will dedicate a week to the world's largest country-music
fair, Fan Fair, with live reports, concerts, fan interviews and the
11th Annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Challenge.

The network, now in nearly 48 million homes, also plans to produce a
viewer-voted Top 100 Videos weekend special, sounded by choices made by
users on the Web site.

It will also air fresh episodes of such long-form staples as Face the
, Hit Trip, CMT Showcase and Video Bio, the popular series in which country stars
tell what really happened on the sets of their music videos. On cue for this
season: Brooks & Dunn, Billy Ray Cyrus, Martina McBride and Aaron Tippin.