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WHEN IT COMES TO TWITTER, MTV BEATS THE SUPER BOWL

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Twitter on Tuesday announced the events of 2011 that generated the most tweets per second. No. 1 on the list was the MTV Video Music Awards, when Beyoncé revealed she was pregnant. Some 8,868 tweets were recorded for that event. By contrast, while the Super Bowl on February 6 drew the biggest television audience in […]

MTV FOUNDER BOB PITTMAN TO HEAD CLEAR CHANNEL

October 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

MTV founder Bob Pittman, who went on to become president and COO of AOL in its heyday, has been named CEO of Clear Channel Communications, which owns 850 radio stations. In recent years, as local advertising expenditures have dried up during the recession, Clear Channel has been operating in the red. In an interview with […]

REPORT: TOP MTV EXEC OUSTED FOR TAKING KICKBACKS

September 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Brian Fays, a top MTV Networks ad executive, has been ousted after an investigation by the company into alleged kickbacks from advertisers that amounted to millions of dollars, the Hollywood Reporter reported today (Thursday), citing unnamed sources. According to the trade publication, Fays offered discounts on advertising in return for cash kickbacks — sometimes delivered […]

VMA’S SET MTV RATINGS RECORD

August 30, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sunday night’s telecast of the 2011 Video Music Awards attracted an average of 12.4 million viewers, the largest audience ever to watch an MTV telecast, according to figures released by Nielsen on Monday. Some 8.5 million of those viewers fell into the channel’s target 12-34-year-old demographic — also a record for the channel. In addition, […]

NO SURPRISES AT MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS

August 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The MTV Video Music Awards show was staged without controversy or surprise Sunday night (no interruptions by the likes of Kanye West, no meat dresses worn by the likes of Lady Gaga), with top awards going to Katy Perry for Video of the Year (“Firework”); Justin Bieber for Best Male Video (“U Smile”); Lady Gaga […]

SUMMER IS GREAT FOR CABLE, BAD FOR BROADCAST

August 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Cable TV networks are ending the summer with a number of big successes — surprisingly with scripted TV shows, while no broadcast show introduced during the summer months has made it, USA Today indicated today (Thursday). (On Wednesday, Fox’s newest entrant, Buried Treasure, became the latest broadcast reality show to be buried in the ratings.) […]

JERSEY SHORE SHOWS MUSCLE IN SECOND WEEK

August 15, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

For the second week in a row, MTV’s Jersey Shore drew more viewers than anything aired on broadcast television Thursday night. While the MTV show attracted 7.4 million viewers (down 16 percent from last week’s season premiere) and 2.4 million more for the repeat at 11:00 p.m. (not to mention several million more who watched […]

JERSEY SHORE MUSCLES IN ON TV RATINGS

August 8, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Thursday is supposed to be broadcast television’s biggest night. It’s the night that most networks showcase popular scripted shows and slickly produced reality series — and charge their highest rates of the week for commercials. But last Thursday all of broadcast television’s offerings were beaten by the season premiere of MTV’s Jersey Shore. The controversial […]

REDSTONE’S BIRTHDAY PRESENT: $84 MILLION

May 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Sumner Redstone on Thursday received a fine birthday present, two days before he turns 88. Viacom, home of Paramount Pictures, Nickelodeon, Spike TV, MTV, BET, TV Land, VH1 and Comedy Central, increased its quarterly dividend to 25 cents a share, up from 15 cents a share — a whopping 67 percent boost — which increases […]

U.K.’S GEORDIE SHORE: IT’S JERSEY SHORE ALL OVER AGAIN

May 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A British MTV TV show, Geordie Shore, based on America’s MTV show, Jersey Shore, is eliciting the same sort of local scorn in the north of England that the U.S. show did in New Jersey. More even. The London Sun reported today (Thursday) that some 25,000 people have signed onto a Facebook page, R.I.P Geordie […]

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