MTV, originally an initialism of Music Television, is an American cable television channel based in New York City that launched on August 1, 1981. The original purpose of the channel was to play music videos guided by on-air hosts known as VJs. Today, MTV primarily broadcasts a variety of reality and scripted television programs targeted at adolescents and young adults.
MTV has spawned numerous sister channels in the U.S. and affiliated channels internationally, some of which have gone independent. MTV’s influence on its audience, including issues related to censorship and social activism, has been a subject of debate for years.
Pittman’s boss, WASEC Executive Vice President John Lack, had shepherded PopClips, a TV series created by former Monkee-turned solo artist Michael Nesmith, whose attention had turned to the music video format by the late 1970s. The inspiration for PopClips came from a similar program on New Zealand’s TVNZ network, Radio with Pictures, which premiered in 1976….


Tumblr Sees Dollar Signs in TV Partnership with Viacom

Tumblr has succeeded in wooing TV to its platform, or at least Viacom. The plan it seems is to co-brand campaigns that tie to specific shows on their channels like MTV and Comedy Central. If it works and begins to grow in reach it might be a whole new way for TV to use social media.

VMA Sponsors To Benefit From Twitter/Viacom Video Partnership

The 2013 VMAs and the 'Roast' of James Franco are just two of the events that Viacom and Twitter have teamed up to promote via the social media network. Brands like Pepsi will sponsor the coverage, with content provided by Viacom and promoted as part of a paid distribution deal by Twitter.