After his network lost out to ABC in its bid for broadcast rights to the Country Music Awards, CBS Chief Executive Leslie Moonves reportedly has banned coverage of the event on "Entertainment Tonight," according to the New York Post’s Page Six.
ABC won rights through 2021 to country music’s biggest night, which consistently wins the night in the ratings, as it did again this week. The broadcast was the object of a three-way bidding war among CBS, ABC and NBC.
Even though “ET” co-anchor Nancy O’Dell has connections to Nashville, Moonves insisted the show ignore the awards, the story says, citing an unnamed source. The CMAs aired Wednesday night on ABC, with Taylor Swift taking home her second entertainer of the year award.
Thursday’s edition of “ET” blew off the CMAs and instead covered Victoria’s Secret, the film “J. Edgar” and a “Celebrity Tombstone Tour,” the Post reports.