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MTV Networks

Headquarters: 1515 Broadway
New York, NY 10036
CEO: Judy McGrath


MTV Networks Job Site

MTV Networks is a division of Viacom and operates some of the hippest and hottest cable television networks. These include MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, Country Music Television, SpikeTV, Nick at Nite and TV Land.

MTV literally changed the face of music on August 1, 1981 when it launched as a 24-hour channel featuring videos of top music songs. "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles was the first video aired on MTV. Now fans could see the music as well as listen to it.

MTV quickly became one of the most popular cable channels especially among younger viewers. While MTV's popularity has grown, it has gone away from the music videos that it featured around the clock and eventually created its own original programming. The program Real World aired on MTV in 1992 as the first reality TV show and soap opera. It featured seven attractive people in their early 20s living in a New York apartment with cameras following their every move for several months. The show became a hit and has aired for 11 seasons with a new cast living in a different city each year. The success of Real World has spawned the countless number of reality TV shows now blanketing the airwaves, including MTV's own Newlyweds show, featuring the husband and wife duo of Nick Lachey and Jessica Simpson.

All this success has made MTV the world's most widely distributed television network, reaching nearly 400 million subscribers in 166 countries and territories. Nickelodeon serves nearly 170 million subscribers worldwide via localized channels, branded blocks and individual programs.  VH1 reaches more than 107 million subscribers around the world, and Comedy Central reaches more than 85 million subscribers in all 50 states and U.S. territories. 

MTV Networks is headquartered with Viacom on Broadway at Times Square. Its network center is located on Long Island.

Updated October 5, 2006

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