Great American Country
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|Owner||Discovery, Inc. (Sale to GAC Media pending)|
|Launched||December 31, 1995|
|Available on most American cable systems||Channel slots vary on each operator|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 160 (SD)|
Channel 660 (HD)
|Google Fiber||Channel slots may vary|
|AT&T U-verse||Channel 529 (SD)|
Channel 1529 HD)
|Fubo TV, Philo, Hulu with Live TV, Sling|
Great American Country (GAC) is an American cable television network owned by Discovery, Inc. Based in Knoxville, Tennessee, GAC was initially established as a music channel focusing on country music, but later expanded its format to include lifestyle programming pertaining to the American Heartland and south (including relevant library programming from other Scripps Networks Interactive channels).
As of February 2015, GAC is available to approximately 59.547 million television households (51.2% of pay television customers) in the United States.
The channel was launched on December 31, 1995, with the first music video to be broadcast on the channel, Garth Brooks' "The Thunder Rolls". The channel was originally owned by the Centennial, Colorado-based Jones Radio Network. Scripps Networks, which was spun off from the E. W. Scripps Company in July 2008, acquired Great American Country from Jones Radio Network on October 12, 2004.
In late 2005, television industry trade publication Broadcasting & Cable named GAC as one of TV's "Breakout Networks" heading into 2006, saying of the channel: "The emerging GAC is a younger, hipper version that respects Nashville's country roads but widens the boulevards."
Great American Country and ABC Radio Networks (now Cumulus Media) formed a partnership to produce a nightly radio show called GAC Nights: Live From Nashville hosted by Suzanne Alexander, and co-hosted by Storme Warren and Nan Kelley. It was broadcast from its studios at Music Row in Nashville, Tennessee. The show ran from 2007 to 2009, when it was canceled.
AT&T U-verse dropped Great American Country, and sister networks Food Network, Cooking Channel, HGTV, and DIY Network on November 5, 2010, due to a carriage dispute over an increase in retransmission fees. Two days later, however, the dispute was resolved.
On October 1, 2013, the network unveiled a new logo inspired by the U.S. flag, dropping the "GAC" acronym in favor of using the Great American Country name in full. The network stated that it wanted to emphasize its expansion from a country music-oriented channel to one with a larger emphasis on "country" as referring to a "sense of place" and lifestyles (citing programming such as Celebrity Motor Homes and Farm Kings as examples). With the channel's rebranding, the daily music video show Daily Countdown was renamed Great American Playlist. Top 20 Country Countdown continued to air (although it was cancelled in December 2018), and the network still offered country music specials including Backstory, Introducing and Origins.
On June 7, 2021, Discovery (who had acquired Scripps Networks Interactive, and had agreed to a proposed merger with WarnerMedia) announced that it would divest Great American Country to GAC Media, an investment group led by Tom Hicks and former Crown Media Holdings CEO Bill Abbott (the network's format was already duplicated by Discovery's Destination America, making it a surplus asset). GAC Media will also acquire the equestrian network Ride TV.
The network's original programming includes Kimberly's Simply Southern, a cooking show featuring Kimberly Schlapman (member of the country music group Little Big Town), Farm Kings, a reality show chronicling the King family of Freedom Farms; and Celebrity Motorhomes. It also features reruns of shows from former Scripps Networks Interactive sister networks that suit the network's format, such as You Live in What?, Flea Market Flip, Tiny House, Big Living, and We Bought the Farm.
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