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MTV News Shutting Down After 36 Years

MTV News Shutting Down After 36 Years

“What launched as a single show in 1987 (The Week in Rock, led by correspondent Kurt Loder) eventually became a bona fide news outlet for Gen X and older millennials”

If you’re a member of Generation X, you surely remember seeing clips of MTV News between music videos, back when MTV played music videos.

Paramount, which owns the outlet, has just made a bunch of fresh cuts, and MTV News didn’t make it.

The Hollywood Reporter has the story:

MTV News Signs Off for Good After 36-Year Run

Thirty-six years after MTV News was created to expand the stable of programming that defined the cable channel MTV, it is no more.

MTV News was shuttered this week as part of larger layoffs at parent company Paramount Global.

What launched as a single show in 1987 (The Week in Rock, led by correspondent Kurt Loder) eventually became a bona fide news outlet for Gen X and older millennials who found that traditional TV programming on the broadcast networks and CNN wasn’t cutting it.

Correspondents like Loder, Tabitha Soren, SuChin Pak, Gideon Yago, Alison Stewart and others covered music, pop culture, politics and other topics with an eye toward the younger generation that was tuned to MTV, rather than the network evening newscasts.

Along the way, MTV News created some pop culture moments itself, perhaps none bigger than in 1994, when President Clinton appeared on MTV’s Enough Is Enough, a town hall addressing violence in America.

The special was led by Soren and Stewart and saw them, as well as audience members in attendance, asking questions of Clinton about fighting crime and balancing personal freedom with social responsibility. But it was a section of lighter questions and answers that made national headlines, when an audience member asked Clinton, “Mr. President, the world’s dying to know, is it boxers or briefs?”

“Usually briefs. I can’t believe she did that,” Clinton responded, to laughter from the crowd.

Lots of people forgot that there even was such a thing as MTV News.

They did cover some big stories over the years, however, including the death of Kurt Cobain in 1994.

The closure of MTV News won’t have a major impact on our current media environment, but it was definitely a part of American culture that had an impact for people of a certain age.

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Care to explain how covering the collapse of MTV News takes priority over Comer’s news conference from earlier this morning?

    Does Comer wear boxers or briefs?

    Paul in reply to Ghostrider. | May 10, 2023 at 12:38 pm

    “Takes priority?” What are you talking about? Mike covers higher education and ‘gen x’ issues all the time… no surprise to me that this story is on his beat.

    I imagine we’ll see a write-up here on the Comer news conference later today or tomorrow, after they’ve had time to research and write up something meaningful.

    If you’re looking for ‘hot takes’ you’re in the wrong place.

      Ghostrider in reply to Paul. | May 10, 2023 at 5:46 pm

      Dude, just relax. It was a joke about timing not a criticism. Mike’s story was posted right at the conclusion of the Comer press conference.

      By the way, who died and made you Captain America?

I’m 58, I remember when MTV was great, not some “reality TV” s^&*hole. And MTV News was something extra that was mostly well done (Mr. Clinton’s underwear not withstanding). Another part of my yute gone, RIP MTV News. Like MTV, good while it lasted.

    gonzotx in reply to Mike Thiac. | May 10, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Adam Curry, of MTV fame, has a podcast called Noagenda with John Dvorak.

    Adam is considered the father of podcasting and I think most people here would like it. It’s twice a week , Sunday and Thursday
    Adam did amazing things after MTV, he now lives in the hill country by Austin.

chrisboltssr | May 10, 2023 at 11:26 am

Good. This crappy channel has had a very detrimental effect on the culture.

    CommoChief in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 10, 2023 at 12:48 pm

    When did you turn into Tipper Gore?

      chrisboltssr in reply to CommoChief. | May 10, 2023 at 2:53 pm

      I was libertarian for all of two minutes and it stopped right after I read “Atlass Shrugged.” Can you honestly say the culture has gotten better because of rampant libertinism, something both Leftists and libertarians support?

        BierceAmbrose in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 10, 2023 at 4:14 pm

        I do not think most of those words mean what you think they mean.

          chrisboltssr in reply to BierceAmbrose. | May 10, 2023 at 6:09 pm

          It’s not my fault you don’t have enough synapses to understand there is much a difference between Leftism and libertarianism, at least when it comes to culture. But go on trying to make silly insults. I can play that game too.

          BierceAmbrose in reply to BierceAmbrose. | May 11, 2023 at 6:32 pm

          My goodness. With deference to this here comment machinery not providing me a “reply” button on your previous, I’ll reply this way:

          The way you choose to behave is your fault.

        CommoChief in reply to chrisboltssr. | May 10, 2023 at 7:34 pm

        Libertarian and libertine are quite different things. A libertarian doesn’t much care what a consenting adult does that isn’t harmful to others. They might choose to engage in hedonism but someone who is libertine is already knee deep in hedonism by definition.

        There is is distinct difference between leftist and libertarian. As an example I take a libertarian view on drug policy but I also take a libertarian view on providing any taxpayer funds for drug addiction.

        You want to shoot heroin? Have at it but there shouldn’t be any methadone clinics much less needle exchange or safe spaces to shoot up or tolerance for the inevitable criminal actions that flow from addiction. You make adult choices and get adult consequences. You carry your own burden, don’t make excuses and don’t act like you deserve taxpayer support for self inflicted problems.

        That position won’t ever be supported as public policy, so I am a ‘realistic libertarian’ in favor of the maximum liberty alongside maximum consequences that the public will support. So b/c the public won’t support rounding up all the drug addicts, putting them into a cold turkey dry out behind bars with no medical support but an aspirin and a multivitamin a day…I am opposed to drug legalization. It isn’t practical.

          chrisboltssr in reply to CommoChief. | May 10, 2023 at 7:53 pm

          And yet, you advocate for libertinism. Don’t correct me and stop writing long word salads justifying your nonsense.

          CommoChief in reply to CommoChief. | May 10, 2023 at 10:04 pm

          No I don’t. I advocate for maximum individual liberty for behavior among consenting adults that don’t injure others but without any safety net from taxpayers. We have individual will and can choose to do X or to refrain from doing X. The existence of a choice doesn’t require one to select that choice.

          ‘Don’t correct me’ ‘stop writing..’ You say. In other words you have appointed yourself Lord High Sheriff of what people can do, to whom they are allowed to do so and when they are allowed to do so. Nah.

          We don’t (yet) live in your totalitarian fantasy. You wanna play tin pot dictator go ahead but don’t be surprised when when people ignore you Karen.

          BierceAmbrose in reply to CommoChief. | May 11, 2023 at 6:34 pm

          Ooooh. Ooooh. Ooooh. He insulted you, too. I find myself in good company.

          Meanwhile, such confidence from our language-master; must have some great analysis hidden somewhere. One wonders if they’re gonna share, sometime.

As I recall, Kurt Loder was somewhat right-leaning or libertarian, but was critical of the left.

Also, IIRC, FBN’s Kennedy started there.

Good. Now do ABC NBC CBS.

Marie Bethamn | May 10, 2023 at 1:29 pm

This is literally the first time I have ever heard of MTV News. And, apparently, the last.

    henrybowman in reply to Marie Bethamn. | May 10, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Last time I saw MTV was 1986. I think back then it was an actual music channel, not a talk-about-musicians channel, or whatever it turned into after that.

So CNN was better than someone!

So CNN wasn’t the bottom of the heap after all! Maybe Don Lemon gets his job back?

Buried lede: MTV new is still a thing.

Fire everyone and only show music videos or something

The Gentle Grizzly | May 10, 2023 at 4:53 pm

“ Lots of people forgot that there even was such a thing as MTV News.”

I forgot there was an MTV.