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CBS Inks New Broadcast Deal With Tony Awards Through 2026

CBS will continue to broadcast the Tony Awards through 2026 under a new deal between the network and the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, CBS announced Thursday.

The awards show, which honors theater professionals for distinguished achievement on Broadway, has been on CBS for the past 40 years. The awards have aired on CBS since 1978. Next year will mark the 72nd anniversary of the awards, which were first held on April 6, 1947 at the Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom. The ceremony is presented by Tony Award Productions, which is a joint venture of the Broadway League and the American Theatre Wing, which founded the Tonys.

“Each year, we bring the joy and spontaneity of live theater to our viewers in their very own living rooms,” said Jack Sussman, executive vice president of specials, music and live events for CBS Entertainment. “We are thrilled to continue bringing the best of Broadway, whether it’s the newest hits, such as ‘Dear Evan Hanson’ and ‘Hamilton,’ or tried and true favorites, like ‘Miss Saigon,’ to primetime television for many years to come.”

The June 2016 broadcast of “The 70th Annual Tony Awards” was nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards and won the award for Outstanding Special Class Program. The 2018 ceremony will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on June 10. Ricky Kirshner and Glenn Weiss of White Cherry Entertainment will return as executive producers. Weiss will also serve as director for the 19th consecutive year.

“CBS has been an amazing and collaborative partner in bringing the live arts we honor, to their viewers,” stated Charlotte St. Martin, president of The Broadway League, and Heather Hitchens, president of the American Theatre Wing. “Their continued support has helped make the Tony Awards an acclaimed television event, and has allowed us to bring Broadway to homes all over America.”

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