Jim Owens Entertainment announced it has taken legal action to end its license agreement with Chattanooga-based multicast network provider, Luken Communications, “due to Luken’s default on the trademark agreement for the use of the name and logo for The Nashville Network (TNN). This action by has been approved by the United States Bankruptcy Court in Chattanooga.
Meanwhile, Luken launched “The Heartland Network” 10/9 as an American country music-oriented digital broadcast television network. It was billed as a name change for TNN, which was a previous JV between Luken and Jim Owens Entertainment that launched on 11/1/12. TNN originally aired on cable from 1983-2000. On 9/25/00, TNN’s country music format was changed and the network was renamed The National Network, eventually becoming Spike in 2003.