Gospel Channel to air GMA Dove Awards


LOS ANGELES -- Gospel Music Channel, the all-gospel/Christian music TV network, has inked a multiyear deal with the Gospel Music Assn. to become the exclusive TV home for the GMA Dove Awards.

The 39th annual awards show will air live on GMC at 8 p.m. ET on April 23 from the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

The Dove Awards have aired in national syndication but have not been broadcast live since 2002. In addition, the American Bible Society will be the presenting sponsor of the 2008 telecast, with an option to remain through the length of the agreement.

Nominations for the Doves also were announced Thursday, with Mark Hall of Casting Crowns leading with six; Casting Crowns also had four noms.