July 13, 2005 |
How niche can you get? MTV on Tuesday launched MTV Desi, a programming service aimed at "young people with ties to the Indian subcontinent but living in the United States." It's a pay channel available only on DirecTV satellite, featuring news, music, comedy and reality shows. MTV said it hopes to launch similar services this year for Chinese Americans and Korean Americans.
July 9, 2005 |
MTV and VH1 will take turns today airing five-hour blocks of performances from "Live 8: A Concert to Make Poverty History." The unusual, commercial-free replay comes one week after MTV took heat from fans and critics for missing too many key music moments in its live broadcast of the shows on 10 stages in nine countries. The 10-hour revisit begins at 10 a.m. on VH1 and then shifts to sister-station MTV at 3 p.m.
July 4, 2005 |
Everyone knows MTV long ago lost interest in pop music, so why doesn't the cable channel just admit it and leave the coverage of historic events, such as the humanitarian Live 8 concerts, to someone with respect for the music and its audience? MTV's coverage of Saturday's event, designed to combat poverty in Africa, was beyond embarrassing. It was pitiful. I was warned long ago to avoid overkill as a critic, but bear with me this time. Add "pathetic" to the list.
February 18, 2005 |
Two Nebraska high schools turned down offers from MTV to film a re-creation of a class prank in which a group of students parked a car outside the door to the principal's office. McCook Public High School Principal Jerry Smith told the cable television station the school would not participate in "High School Stories" because the 2003 prank was not part of the district's curriculum or goals for students' education. The school board concurred.
January 7, 2005 |
It's the last season for the Osbournes. After three years on the air, MTV: Music Television announced Thursday that its popular series featuring the real-life adventures of rocker Ozzy Osbourne's quirky family clan will wrap up in 2005 with 10 new episodes beginning Jan. 17.
December 3, 2004 |
The video for Eminem's anti-George Bush rap "Mosh" is getting extended life on MTV and other video outlets thanks to a reedited version that downplays the time-specific aspect of the original's emphasis on getting young people to register to vote on Nov. 2.
November 16, 2004 |
Viacom's MTV Networks will launch its first local channel next year in Africa, the final global outpost for the music video and kids' broadcaster and its 100th channel worldwide, it said Monday. MTV Base in Africa will reach only about 1.3 million homes in 48 countries, primarily South Africa and Nigeria, when it begins broadcasting in February, but follows MTV's pattern of setting up local infrastructure before expanding. MTV was born in the United States in 1981.
September 22, 2004 |
MTV announced the results of a new "Choose or Lose" poll, indicating that three out of four young people are registered to vote and eight out of 10 plan to vote. Young people also prefer Sen. John Kerry over President Bush by a margin of 46% to 40% heading into the final month before the election. Ralph Nader drew the support of 4% of those polled, and 10% were undecided/other.
July 24, 2004 |
LOGO, MTV Networks' new digital channel aimed at gays and lesbians, revealed its first programming and development slate Friday, with a lineup heavy on variety and unscripted series. New shows include "Family Outing," which focuses on true-life coming-out stories and is executive produced by pop diva Cher and her daughter, Chastity Bono, and a cabaret series hosted by actor Alan Cumming.
February 7, 2004 |
Weeks before the world saw what would become the most analyzed Super Bowl halftime show in history, MTV announced it would air "The Making of the AOL Superbowl Half-Time Show" today at 1 p.m. The announcement promised behind-the-scenes footage of the musical stars, comedians and athletes "as they put on an MTV concert like no other for the big game."