The Nashville Network, or TNN as it is usually called, was an American country music-oriented cable television network. On September 25, 2000, Viacom sensed redundancy among its related TNN and CMT channel when it merged them into its MTV Networks unit. Hence, it decided to refocus TNN, and in the process the channel dramatically scaled back its country-western trappings and changed its name to The National Network. The name change also triggered a significant programming change in an attempt to appeal to a broader audience than its original constituency of rural, or working-class, Southern whites. This change was catalyzed by Viacom's acquisition of the rights to WWF (now WWE) programming, including its flagship show RAW Is War. It has now become Spike TV.
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