|Launched||January 1, 1995|
|Owned by||Corus Entertainment (90% &
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)
|Formerly called||New Country Network (NCN) (1995-1996)|
|Bell TV||Channel 575 (SD)|
|Shaw Direct||Channel 583 (SD)|
|Available on most Canadian cable systems||Check local listings, channels may vary|
|Bell Aliant TV||Channel 216 (SD)
Channel 423 (HD)
|Bell Fibe TV||Channel 575 (SD)|
|MTS||Channel 109 (SD)|
|Optik TV||Channel 258 (SD)
Channel 731 (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.
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%).
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. 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.
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.
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.
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. The majority interest was acquired by Shaw Communications at the same time; Shaw subsequently transferred its ownership stake to Corus Entertainment, a separate company owned by the same shareholders, 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. The CRTC dropped that requirement to 70% on February 28, 2001. The percentage was further reduced to 50% on February 28, 2006, 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, Love & Tears, CMT Rewind, Old School, Wide Open and CMT Spotlight, along with the weekly Chevrolet Cross Canada Countdown. In the evening, CMT airs the syndicated TV series' The Middle, Rules of Engagement, Reba and According to Jim, along with country music-related series such as Hammer & Chew, ER Vets, Pick a Puppy and Employee of the Week.
Telus has announced on their website that they will carry the HD feed of CMT (Canada). 
- Casey Clarke (Employee of the Week)
- Beverley Mahood (Pick a Puppy)
- Paul McGuire (Chevrolet Top 20 Countdown, Hit or Miss)
- Cliff Dumas (Now hosting the Weekly Country Countdown)
- Shannon Gaye
- Gnarley Charley (Now at Kiss Country 93.7 FM in Fresno)
- Stu Jeffries (Now at boom 97.3 FM in Toronto)
- Nicola Jones (Now at CHCH in Hamilton)
- Ashley Kranz (winner of CMT Canada's "CMT Casting Call 2007" competition)
- Elissa Lansdell (Now hosting My Rona Home)
- Melissa Parrott (winner of CMT Canada's "CMT Casting Call 2009" competition)
- Hal Roberts (Now with DailyWebTV Torstar Communications)
- Colleen Rusholme (Now at Vinyl 95.3 FM in Hamilton)
- Greg Shannon (Now at KG Country 95.5 FM in Alberta)
- Nancy Sinclair
- Brian "Hurricane" Smith
- Tamara Stanners (Now at The Peak 100.5 FM in Vancouver)
- Lindsay Stone
- "VAP | CMT.ca". Retrieved September 9, 2012.
- "Will country music videos set off culture war? Some facts to keep in mind as U.S. trade negotiators threaten retaliatory strikes". Toronto Star. 1995-02-11.
- "Decision CRTC 94-284". CRTC. 1994-06-06.
- THE MEDIA BUSINESS; Canadian Media Giants to Merge The New York Times 1994-03-09
- "U.S. country TV drops Canadian videos". Toronto Star. 1995-01-10.
- "TRUCE DECLARED IN THE CANADIAN COUNTRY MUSIC WAR". CNN. 1995-08-21.
- Decision CRTC 94-284
- Decision CRTC 2001-154
- Broadcasting Decision CRTC 2006-52
- TV Highlights
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