MTV Middle East
|MTV Middle East|
|Launched||October 27, 2007|
|Owned by||Viacom Media Networks (Viacom)|
|Picture format||576i (4:3 SDTV)|
|Language||English, Literary Arabic, Gulf Arabic|
|Formerly called||MTV Arabia|
|Sister channel(s)||VH1 Europe|
|Nilesat 7°W||11977 V|
|Arabsat 26°E||12169 V|
MTV Middle East, formerly MTV Arabia, is a free-to-air music television channel, and the Middle Eastern incarnation of MTV. As an addition to the MTV network, it is a joint venture between MTV Networks International and Arabian Television Network, a subsidiary of Arabian Broadcasting Network, and part of Arab Media Group, the largest media group in the United Arab Emirates. Launched as MTV Arabia, the channel was rebranded as MTV Middle East on August 30, 2011.
The first mention of the project came within the coverage of MTV's 25th anniversary in 2006, and was revealed by Faisal Abbas, the media editor of the London based pan-Arab daily, Asharq Al-Awsat, which reported that MTV is "very interested in the Arab satellite channel market" and quoted Dean Possenniskie, the network's vice president and general manager for emerging markets, saying, "Hopefully [we] will be in the market in the next 24 months" but "it all depends on finding the right local partners".
Akon, Ludacris, as well as Lebanese-Canadian Karl Wolf, Qusai aka Don Legend the Kamelion - The First Saudi Arabian Hip Hop Artist, and the UAE's Desert Heat took part in the launching ceremonies of the channel in November 2007. Furthermore Karl Wolf single "Africa" became the first ever video clip broadcast on the new music station.
MTV Europe was previously available in the region through a special deal with Showtime Arabia. The Showtime Arabia channel provided some Arabic music videos and a locally produced program called "Mashaweer" that later got renamed "Salaam" whose hosts included regional DJ Madjam & main host Susie iliyan.
The channel aims to be a platform for the Arab youth, letting their opinions be a large factor in future programming. It will be likely that MTV Arabia will be pushing local R&B and hip hop music, which other Arab music stations like Rotana and Melody don't heavily feature says Patrick Samaha the General Manager of MTV Arabia.
MTV Arabia shows
created by the general manager Patrick Samaha and team (Sam Wahab, Wassim Hamdan, Jimmy Poon, Wessam Kattan, Rasha al emam, Fatma abou assi, Alaa Akawi, Mohamed Hamed, Roula Ghalyini, Fredwreck and Qusai)
Shows taken from MTV
MTV Arabia also airs series from MTV such as:
- America's Best Dance Crew
- I Used to Be Fat
- Chelsea Settles
- Nothing But Hits
- Celebrity Deathmatch
- Pimp My Ride
- My Own
- Life of Ryan
- Why Can't I Be You
- True Life
- Teen Cribs
- The Ashlee Simpson Show
- Making the Band
- Taquita & Kaui
- The Trip
- The Shop
- Wrestling Society X
- Adventures in Hollyhood
- Total Request Live
- Rob & Big
- Room 401
- Room Raiders
- Hogan Knows Best
- Miss Seventeen
- My Super Sweet 16
- Headbangers Ball
- The Hills
- Boiling Points
- The City (new)
- Jackass (new)
- Wonder Showzen (new)
- The Real World
- Nitro Circus
- Paris Hilton's My New BFF episodes (season 2)
- My Life As Liz
MTV Networks International and Arab Media Group also announced on October 16, 2007 that they were partnering with Nickelodeon to launch Nickelodeon Arabia. Through the deal, the companies claimed that Nickelodeon is the first global kids' media brand to create a free-to-air Arabic service across the region with local cultural values taken into account. On September 8, 2011, the channel went on a hiatus for unknown reasons.
- rajajang (28 October 2007). "Switch on, because ‘You are MTV Arabia’". Dubai for Visitors. Retrieved 2007-11-02. "Music fans witnessed history being made yesterday as the Middle East’s newest channel, MTV Arabia, went on air."
- "MTV Arabia Begins Broadcasting". Arab News. 17 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-20.
- Faisal Abbas (2006-08-08). "MTV Eyes Middle East Market". Asharq Al Awsat. Retrieved October 2007.
- Ali Jaafar (2007-09-25). "MTV Arabia ready to rock Middle East". www.variety.com. Retrieved 2007-10-10.
- MTV Middle East's official English website
- MTV Middle East's official fan page on Facebook.
- MTV Arabia's old URL address (Now Redirects to the Middle Eastern Fan Page on Facebook).
- Interview with MTV's vice chairman Bill Roedy
- MTV, AMG to launch Nickelodeon Arabia
- Photo story about MTV Arabia in Vanity Fair Germany