Gospel Music Channel (GMC), the nation's first 24-hour channel dedicated to all genres of Gospel/Christian music, secured another major MSO agreement, announcing today an affiliation agreement with Comcast Corporation (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK), it was announced today by Charles Humbard, President and Chief Executive Officer, Gospel Music Channel. Additional terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
The agreement allows Gospel Music Channel to pursue carriage directly with local Comcast systems. To date, Gospel Music Channel has launches scheduled in such major Comcast markets as Atlanta and Savannah, GA and Nashville, TN.
"We are very pleased to reach a corporate agreement with Comcast that supports their commitment to provide family-friendly music programming," commented Genia Edelman, Vice President, Affiliate Sales, Gospel Music Channel. "The immediate acceptance of the network by such impactful local Comcast systems reinforces that commitment and desire to provide Comcast consumers music television that is relevant to their lifestyle."
The agreement with Comcast comes just weeks after the announcement of a similar distribution agreement with Charter Communications, which led to launches in three of four Charter divisions with systems around the country adding Gospel Music Channel, with launches continuing. Gospel Music Channel is now currently available in 77 markets and more than 1800 cities; figures that are growing daily. In just over a year of existence, the independent start-up now has affiliation agreements with Comcast, Charter, Cox and 25 independents.
Since its debut, the young network also has implemented more than a dozen affiliate events, including eight major local market concerts; is sponsoring the national spring tours of the two top-selling acts in contemporary Gospel/Christian Music - Kirk Franklin and Casting Crowns - creating nearly 100 local marketing opportunities; established a positive, high quality marketplace positioning for GMC in the advertising community, leading to the signing of 11 advertising partners, including Ford, Lincoln Mercury, Reckitt Benckiser, Geico, Sony Pictures and others; and created 100 hours of original programming and several major programming events programming with plans for more.
Gospel Music Channel is the first, advertiser-supported cable network dedicated to the rich history and contemporary sounds of gospel music, its many genres and artists. The network's program schedule features artists' biographies, music specials, live concerts, and hosted music video blocks highlighting all styles and genres of gospel music targeted to all age groups and demographics. The company was launched by cable television industry executives, Charles Humbard and Brad Siegel in April of 2004. Alpine Equity Partners L.P. and InterMedia Advisors are financing Gospel Music Channel. For more information visit www.gospelmusicchannel.com.