SONGWRITERS BACK ON CMT

Country Music Television (CMT) has listened to the outcry of Nashville songwriters and have decided to credit songwriters again when airing videos on the station.

Songwriters had always been listed in CMT's credits until the channel began transmitting from Long Island, where sister stations MTV and VH1 originate, instead of Nashville. CMT was supposed to conform to the other stations' standards in terms of credits, which meant that songwriters' names were out.

But the reaction from Nashville's tight-knit songwriting community was swift -- and obviously effective.

"This issue was so important to songwriters that it produced the biggest outcry in our organization's history," said Bart Herbison, president of the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

The process of putting the names back on may take up to three weeks and will cost at least $25,000.

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