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McCarthy replaces Atkins as MTV chief

Chris McCarthy has been installed as president of Viacom’s US cable network MTV, with incumbent Sean Atkins resigning after just over a year in the job. McCarthy’s star has been on the rise over the past 18 months, firstly being promoted to general manager of VH1 before becoming president of the channel and LGBT net […]

Viacom launches throwback MTV channel

Viacom is launching MTV Classic, a new cable net that will be programmed with MTV shows from the 90s including Jackass, Cribs, and Beavis & Butt-Head. The channel, which initially is US-only, will replace VH1 classic in the Viacom stable. MTV is often criticised for moving away from its roots and Viacom is reaching out […]

Lifetime non-fiction chief to lead MTV2

Eli Lehrer is joining US cable channel MTV2 as executive VP. The senior VP and head of non-fiction at cable network Lifetime joins the Viacom Media Networks channel along with former Major League Baseball executive Jacqueline Parkes, who become chief marketing officer of MTV2 sister network MTV. Lehrer will keep the creative pipeline stocked at […]

MTV poaches Condé Nast content chief

MTV has hired the programming exec who helped launch Condé Nast Entertainment to become its executive VP, original content. Michael Klein (pictured) has been handed responsibility of all original programming, development and creative across the MTV suite of Viacom-owned brands and channels. He will, in effect, replace Susanne Daniels, who left her post as president […]