ABC and the Country Music Association have announced an extended broadcast deal through 2026.

(Country Music Awards)

(Country Music Awards)

What’s Happening:

  • Deadline has reported that ABC and the Country Music Association (CMA) announced an extension of their broadcast deal which was set to expire this year, keeping the CMA Awards and specials like CMA Fest and CMA Country Christmas on the network through 2026.
(CMA Awards)

(CMA Awards)

What They’re Saying:

  • Rob Mills, EVP, Unscripted and Alternative Entertainment, Walt Disney Television: “Continuing our long-standing relationship with CMA is a top priority and opportunity—together, we bring unforgettable experiences to our audiences that capture the heart and soul of the country music community. We look forward to delivering many more memorable moments with celebrated icons as well as aspirational artists and are proud to be the home for these incredible and distinguished specials.”
  • Sarah Trahern, CMA chief executive officer: “Over the past 15 years, we have built a true partnership with ABC, and we are thrilled to continue our relationship through 2026. As television viewers are now consuming content in so many new and exciting ways, we are eager to work with the entire ABC team on creating additional paths to bring country music to audiences everywhere. As our genre continues to evolve and broaden, we look to this partnership as a key driver in expanding country music’s reach.”
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