Gospel Channel Announces Carriage Deals, New Programming

Apr 4, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The Gospel Music Channel on Sunday announced new carriage deals, new programming and additional support from advertisers.

Brad Siegel, vice chairman of Gospel, said Verizon agreed to distribute the network on the video service it plans to introduce at mid-year.

The network also announced plans to launch an “American Idol”-like program called “Gospel Dream 2005,” with a September debut. Production will start in July with preliminary rounds in 10 markets. Ford Motor Co. will be the lead sponsor and exclusive automotive advertiser on “Gospel Dream.”

Gospel, which launched in October 2004, is available via operators including Cox and Knology.