CMT (Canada)

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CMT logo
Launched January 1, 1995
Owned by Corus Entertainment (90% &
managing partner)
Viacom (10%)
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
480i (SDTV)
Slogan Our Kind of Funny
Powered by Laughter
Country Canada
Broadcast area National
Headquarters Toronto, Ontario[1]
Formerly called New Country Network (NCN) (1995-1996)
Website CMT
Bell TV Channel 575 (SD)
Shaw Direct Channel 583 (SD)
Available on most Canadian cable systems Check local listings, channels may vary
FibreOP Channel 216 (SD)
Channel 423 (HD)
Bell Fibe TV Channel 575 (SD)
Channel 1575 (HD)
MTS Channel 109 (SD)
Channel 1109 (HD)
Optik TV Channel 9555 (SD)
Channel 555 (HD)
SaskTel Channel 14 (SD)

CMT is a Canadian English language Category A specialty channel which airs country music and family-oriented general entertainment programs in the form of music videos, award shows, concerts and sitcoms. CMT is owned by Corus Entertainment (90%) and Viacom (10%). It is one of the two MTV-branded channels to be owned by Corus, the other being Nickelodeon.


Prior to the launch of CMT Canada, the American-based country television network, Country Music Television, was available in Canada since 1984.[2]

In June 1994, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) licensed a series of new Canadian specialty television channels and among them was The Country Network, licensed to primarily feature country music videos (a minimum of 90%). The licence was granted to the partnership of Maclean-Hunter (60%) and Rawlco Communications (40%).[3]

At this time, the CRTC had a policy that if a Canadian specialty service was licensed and that service's format was competitive with a foreign service's format that was licensed to operate in Canada, the foreign service could be terminated from operating in Canada.[3] Due to Country Music Television's competitive format, the CRTC terminated Country Music Television's broadcasting rights in Canada on June 6, 1994. Television distributors such as cable and satellite television operators could continue distributing Country Music Television until the day that The Country Network began operation.[3]

Before the channel's launch, Maclean-Hunter had been purchased by Rogers Communications.[4]

On January 1, 1995 the Canadian channel launched under the name New Country Network (NCN). On that date, Canadian television service providers were no longer allowed to offer Country Music Television.[5]

In retaliation to being barred from Canada, the American service launched a complaint under the North American Free Trade Agreement and ceased carriage of videos by Canadian artists without major U.S. record deals.[6]

After months of negotiations, the matter was settled when it was announced that CMT would purchase a minority stake in the service. NCN was relaunched as CMT Canada on October 31, 1996.[6] The majority interest was acquired by Shaw Communications at the same time; it was later included in the spinoff of the broadcasting assets then owned by Shaw as Corus Entertainment in 1999.

The controversy also resulted in an effective change to CRTC policy — if a foreign channel is already available in Canada and a new Canadian equivalent is subsequently licensed, cable companies are no longer required to drop the foreign service.


When CMT was launched as NCN on January 1, 1995, the CRTC required that 90% of the station's programming consist of music videos.[7] The CRTC dropped that requirement to 70% on February 28, 2001.[8] The percentage was further reduced to 50% on February 28, 2006,[9] making it, more or less, like its American counterpart.

CMT airs music videos throughout the day in blocks titled My CMT Morning, CMT Music, Number 1s, CMT Social, CMT Rewind, Old School, Wide Open and CMT Spotlight, along with the weekly Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown. In the evening, CMT airs the syndicated TV series' Rules of Engagement, Reba and According to Jim along with the reality series' America's Funniest Home Videos, Wife Swap, Fear Factor, Cash and Cari, Bayou Billionaires and Swamp Pawn, the Canadian series' Deal with It, Just for Laughs: Gags, Wipeout Canada and Undercover Boss Canada and original series' CMT's Hottest, Burger Wars, Cash Mob and Pick a Puppy.

CMT HD[edit]

Telus has announced on their website that they will carry the HD feed of CMT (Canada). [10]


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1996–2000 2000–2006 2006–2008 2008–2010 2010–present

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