You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

CBS ‘Farm’s’ out benefit

Concert to move from Nashville Net to CMT

NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television.

The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT.

By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, CBS Cable executives hope to build interest in CMT and encourage more cable systems to add the channel.

CMT, which has 42 million subscribers, recently has been dropped from cable systems representing more than 1 million subscribers to be replaced by cheaper competitor Great American Country. GAC has between 3 million and 4 million subscribers.

However, Chris Parr, CMT’s director of programming, said the decision to run “Farm Aid” on CMT had little to do with the channel having been dropped. “It’s more of a coincidence that (Great American Country) is out there,” said Parr. “These are things that we’ve been planning for some time. You just don’t do things overnight.”

Parr added that following CBS’ purchase of the 50% of CMT and TNN from Gaylord that it didn’t already own, the cable networks have been encouraged to be more aggressive in developing programming.

“When CBS, a pure media company, became our parent, we’re seeing significantly more focus on growing these networks,” said Parr.

Beginning in 1985, TNN has run “Farm Aid” eight times. In 1996, TNN averaged a 0.8 rating for the entire six-hour telecast.

More Music

  • AMERICAN IDOL - ABC's "American Idol"

    'American Idol' Lets Audience Send One Hopeful to Hollywood During American Music Awards

    NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television. The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT. By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, […]

  • Fall Out BoyFall Out Boy in

    Fall Out Boy Shout Out Colin Kaepernick and Muhammad Ali at L.A. Tour Stop

    NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television. The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT. By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, […]

  • Mel Tillis Performs During a Concert

    Mel Tillis, Singer-Songwriter and Country Music Hall of Famer, Dies at 85

    NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television. The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT. By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, […]

  • Taylor Swift Reputation

    Taylor Swift's 'Reputation': The Final Numbers Are In and It's a Monster

    NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television. The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT. By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, […]

  • Variety Hitmakers Brunch

    Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled, Hailee Steinfeld Honored at Inaugural Variety Hitmakers Event

    NEW YORK — “Farm Aid,” the annual six-hour benefit concert for family farmers, will move from CBS Cable’s the Nashville Network to its smaller sister channel, Country Music Television. The charity concert, organized and hosted by Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp and Neil Young, will premiere Oct. 3 on CMT. By moving “Farm Aid” to CMT, […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content