The first 24-hour country music TV channel in Europe in eighteen years will be officially launched later this month, on 25 January (Burns Night) by Phil Mack on Sky 261 and Freesat 402.
Founder and presenter Phil confirmed he had a long and constructive conversation with the last country music fan who set himself such an ambitious task, Hall Wilis, the former CEO of CMT Europe, Country Music America and American Music Channel.
“CMT Europe stopped transmissions in 1998 and since then there has been nothing like it,” said Phil. “I had a very interesting trans-Atlantic chat with Hall Willis just the other day, I was on my way to Ireland and he was on his way to Palm Beach in Florida. He was very helpful and constructive,” he added.
Although it officially starts on 25 January at 1.00 pm it will be approximately four weeks before the station is given over to country music, 24/7, as some of the existing early morning programmes in that slot wind down, he said.
“Since we last spoke it’s been non-stop with more and more people coming on board. “In the last week some of the biggest names in Nashville, Arista Media, Steve Baker’s Visual Image Marketing and Jeff Moseley’s Bluegrass Ridge and Reflections are on board.
“We’ve got Caithness Music TV from Scotland, we’ve got Stuart Cameron’s Hotdisc Top 40 in which DJs from from around the world tell us what their most requested singles are. “We have Lisa Stanley, of course, and we have Robert Mizell presenting his own programme on Keltic Country while Glen Rogers will be presenting a programme on Classic Country with all the old favourites.
“But people have been sending me songs and videos by some fantastic new artistes like the Black Lillies and, from Alaska, Redhead Express
“We’ve also got the former Head of PR of the BPI (the organisation behind the Brit Awards) Lynne McDowell, who recently set up her own strategy and PR consultancy, presenting on the channel and a great American presenter Justyna Kuklinski.