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MTV News is shutting down after 36 years

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MTV News will shut down as part of mass layoffs across Showtime Groups, MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks. diverse.

Back in 2017, MTV News experienced significant layoffs and returned to video and short-run content after spending a few years focusing its digital strategy on long-form journalism.

Launched in the early 1980s, MTV News began as a feed of music news that appeared once an hour between music videos. However, by the late 1980s, the show was hosted by Kurt Loder The week in the rock launched, paving the way for MTV News to make a big impact with its interviews of music celebrities by hosts like Lauder, Suchinback, Sway Calloway, Tabitha Soren, John Norris, and more.


Perhaps most importantly, MTV News has become a must-stop for presidential candidates starting with its first political coverage in 1992 and launching its “Choose or Lose” campaign to inform, educate, and encourage young viewers to vote. The presidential election began with Bill Clinton against George Bush Sr., and continued with the campaign of Al Gore against George W. Bush and Barack Obama against John McCain. MTV News has also received Emmy and Peabody Awards for its coverage of the Iraq War and other important world events.

Finally, the layoffs will affect 25% of the staff between Showtime, MTV Entertainment Studios, and Paramount Media Networks. The group would be reorganized into “two functions”: the studios, which would consist of Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios, and the networks, which would bring together “nine separate teams into one portfolio group”. Affected networks include Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, Paramount Network, CMT, Smithsonian, TV Land, Logo and Pop TV.

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