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U.K. REGULATOR DECRIES DAYTIME AIRING OF SEXY MUSIC VIDEOS

May 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

British television regulator OFCOM said today (Tuesday) that it is planning to call together all U.K. cable channels that air music videos to discuss their noncompliance with rules barring sexually explicit material from airing during the pre-“watershed” 9:00 p.m. hour. The regulator acted after ruling that the music channel WTF-TV breached the broadcasting code when […]

MTV CHIEF RESIGNS — WAS SHE FORCED OUT?

May 6, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

In what several reports suggested was the end of an era, Judy McGrath resigned Thursday as CEO of Viacom’s MTV Networks, which include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central. It was not clear whether she was pushed or jumped. McGrath’s history at MTV goes back to its origins as a video jukebox 30 years ago, […]

CABLE NETWORKS PUT VIACOM BACK IN THE BLACK

April 29, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

With ad revenue at its cable networks up 12 percent in its second quarter, Viacom on Thursday reported higher-than-expected profits of $39 million. A year ago, it reported an $83-million loss for the same quarter. Each of the media company’s principal networks, including MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon and BET, reported strong earnings. The company in particular […]

YANKED CHANNELS RESTORED TO TWC’S IPAD APPS

April 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Two weeks after Time Warner Cable yanked its Fox, Viacom and Discovery iPad apps that allow its subscribers to receive real-time programming from them at home, the Fox and Discovery apps were again up and running on Friday, leaving Viacom as the only cable programmer still balking at TWC’s iPad service. The return of such […]

TIME WARNER CABLE DROPS CHANNELS FROM IPAD APP

April 1, 2011 by · 4 Comments 

Time Warner Cable has apparently concluded that it’s not worth the time and legal expense to fight the cable networks who do not want their content streamed into the homes of subscribers who own Apple’s iPad tablet device — unless they’re paid for it. The cable company said Thursday that it was dropping such popular […]

JERSEY SHORE FINDS ITSELF IN AN ENVIABLE … ER … SITUATION

March 28, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

After launching the season with the highest ratings ever for an MTV series episode, Jersey Shore concluded the season Thursday with its highest ratings for a season finale. Thursdays episode attracted 7.6 million total viewers, up 25 percent from season two’s finale and 58 percent from season one’s. Ratings were up 20 percent over last […]

MOVIES SAVE SKINS

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Movie studios have been responsible for keeping MTV’s drama Skins on the air, the New York Times suggested today (Wednesday), noting that, with the exception of a Red Bull ad, every commercial on Monday night’s episode was either a movie, a movie being released on DVD or a video game. Protests from conservative groups, led […]

CONSERVATIVE PARENTS GROUP TARGETS VIACOM SHAREHOLDERS

March 3, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

The Parents Television Council is employing a new tactic in its effort to shut down the MTV series Skins, which, it contends, is a corrupting influence on young viewers. While in the past, the organization has asked its 1.3 million members to send their complaints about such programs to the FCC and to advertisers, it […]

WILL MTV CANCEL SKINS?

January 27, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

A report appearing in the New York Post on Wednesday quoting an MTV source as saying that the racy new teen drama Skins “may soon be off the air — for good” quickly drew a denial from the cable channel, which issued a statement saying, “MTV stands by the US adaptation of Skins and the […]

WILL SKINS CONTROVERSY PRODUCE BIGGER RATINGS?

January 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Even as two more advertisers — Subway and Schick — announced on Monday that they have asked MTV not to allow their commercials to appear on the racy new teen drama Skins, the show’s creator, Brian Elsley, was calling it a “rather old fashioned” series that forthrightly “deals with relationships, parents, death, illness, mental health […]

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