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.
July 21, 2004 |
Viacom Inc. reached for the hit maker instead of the deal maker. The entertainment giant Tuesday tapped one of its top cable executives, Judith McGrath, to be the new head of MTV Networks, continuing a tradition of putting a priority on creativity. The 51-year-old McGrath, who has guided Viacom blockbusters such as "The Real World" and "The Osbournes," succeeds the outgoing chief executive, Tom Freston, who was recently named Viacom's co-president.
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."
December 17, 2003 |
MTV built itself into an entertainment powerhouse by keeping an ear tuned to pop-music trends. The channel probably doesn't like what it's hearing now: the footsteps of a competitor. Since its debut seven months ago, Fuse has been steadily picking up music video viewers. Viacom Inc., which owns MTV, is playing hardball in response, industry sources say, exercising a provision in contracts with record labels that requires them to provide music videos for Viacom's exclusive use.
June 21, 2003 |
As the summer rerun doldrums hit and the major networks venture further into unscripted territory, assorted pop-culture personalities are flocking to MTV for some fun in the sun. Sunday marks the premieres of Snoop Dogg's comedy-variety series, "Doggy Fizzle Televizzle," and Magic Johnson's show about street basketball, "Who's Got Game?" Comedian Tom Green premieres the network's first late-night talk show on Monday. Sean "P Diddy" Combs began another season of "Making the Band" on Wednesday.
June 4, 2003 |
Nearly 200 young female dancers, dressed in schoolgirl uniforms, filled the stage and aisles at the Shrine Auditorium for a lesbian-undertoned production number for the notorious Russian pop duo t.A.T.u. It was only a rehearsal Friday afternoon for Saturday night's "MTV Movie Awards 2003," but even then it appeared this could be the buzzed-about moment for the current MTV generation that Madonna's raunchy rendition of "Like a Virgin" was at MTV's Video Music Awards 19 years ago.