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ABC to broadcast CMA franchises through 2021

November 9, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
The ABC Television Network has extended its broadcast agreement with the Country Music Association through 2021.

The new agreement assures broadcasts of the CMA franchises, including the "CMA Awards," the "CMA Festival: Country's Night to Rock," and the "CMA Country Christmas" for another decade.

"We are thrilled that the CMA and Country Music will continue to call ABC their home for the next 10 years. We have built an incredible partnership together, and that partnership will only grow stronger over the next decade," said ABC Entertainment Group President Paul Lee.

The 45th Annual CMA Awards will air at 8 p.m. PT Wednesday on ABC7. It'll be hosted by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

"CMA Country Christmas, " a two-hour TV special that features artists performing to holiday favorites, is set to air Dec. 1 on ABC7.