CMA Awards Show to Be Televised by ABC Next Year, Changing After 34 Years on CBS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. May 27, 2005 The Country Music Association awards show will be televised next year by ABC after 34 seasons on CBS.

Ed Benson, head of the CMA, said the switch will mean several million dollars more in licensing fees. He also said ABC presented an attractive marketing plan to promote the show on its other programs.