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Country TV Will Credit Songwriters

April 12, 2001

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ Country Music Television will restore songwriter credits to music videos running on its cable channel, responding to protest threats and a lobbying effort by Nashville songwriters.

Songwriting credits were removed for technical reasons on April 2 so that the cable channel could conform with sister networks VH1 and MTV, CMT executives said.

CMT executives said Tuesday they would restore the credits ``as soon as technically possible.″

Chris Parr, CMT’s vice president for music and talent relations, said after CMT’s leadership heard the songwriters’ complaints, it wasn’t hard to negotiate the change.

``We explained and said this is unique to Nashville. It’s something that’s important. Can we find a way around it from a technical standpoint?″ he said.

Barton Herbison, executive director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), said the decision will boost the relationship between songwriters and the country music industry.

``This fostered a sense of community that Music Row needs right now. I hope this opens up some dialogue with all of us,″ Herbison said.

Music Row, a section of Nashville that’s home to most country music industry offices, was the site set for an April 16 protest. Herbison said the rally will now be a celebration.

Viacom and CMT’s owner, CBS, merged last year, and CMT was placed under the supervision of the same New York executives who oversee MTV and VH1.

The songwriter credits were shortened because CMT moved its network feed from Nashville to Long Island, N.Y., where the system had less room for the credits, executives said.

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On the Net:

NSAI: http://www.nashvillesongwriters.com/

CMT: http://www.country.com/cmt/cmt-f.html

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