Move follows the '04 sale to Scripps Networks.
As previously reported in Billboard in July, cable network Great American Country (GAC) formally announced today that it is headquartering all of its operations in Nashville. The move follows the sale of the network from Jones Media Networks to the Knoxville, Tenn.-based Scripps Networks in November 2004.
As part of the sale contract, Jones executives had agreed to continue programming GAC for a period of time following the closing. During that transition period, Scripps has been focused on building a new management team for the video network, upgrading its facilities, revamping its long-form programming and moving GAC's base of operations from Jones' Colorado headquarters to Nashville. Jones' involvement came to an end in July.
Today's announcement was made by Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen. Also on had were Nashville Mayor Bill Purcell and country artist Craig Morgan.
GAC will move into refurbished office space at 49 Music Square West (also the Nashville headquarters of Billboard) by mid- to late-October. That space will serve as a temporary location until a larger, permanent headquarters for the network can be found. GAC previously operated a small Music Row office as a satellite to its Colorado headquarters.
During the announcement, held at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, GAC president Ed Hardy presented a $25,000 donation to the museum to "demonstrate GAC's commitment to Nashville and the music industry," he said.
GAC is available in nearly 39 million U.S. households. Rival CMT is in almost 78 million homes.