|Launched||1 August 1987|
|Owned by||Viacom International Media Networks Europe|
London, United Kingdom
Prague, Czech Republic
MTV Europe is a pan-European 24-hour entertainment cable and digital television network launched on 1 August 1987. Initially, the channel served all regions within Europe being one of the very few channels that targeted the entire European continent. Today, the channel only serves a selection of European countries as Viacom International Media Networks Europe began to regionalise its network in 1997.
MTV Europe was begun under a co-operative agreement between Viacom and BT, which lasted until 1991 when Viacom took over full ownership. MTV Europe is wholly owned and operated by Viacom International Media Networks Europe.
Since its premiere, MTV revolutionized the music industry. Slogans such as "I want my MTV" became embedded in the concept of the VJ was popularized, the idea of a dedicated video-based outlet for music was introduced, and both artists and fans found a central location for music events, news, and promotion. MTV has also been referenced countless times in popular culture by musicians, other TV channels and shows, films and books.
1987-1997 - One MTV for the whole of Europe
From its launch in 1987 and until its break-up into different MTV stations across Europe in 1997, MTV Europe became famous for its VJs who came from all over Europe (plus Pip Dann, a New Zealander), who used to introduce videos and programs round the clock in English.
- MTV Europe launched on the 1st of August 1987 from Amsterdam, Netherlands with a live performance from Elton John and was transmitted from AirTV in Camden Town, London.
- With similar tongue-in-cheek humor as the 1981 launch of MTV in the U.S. (where the first video was the Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles), the first video shown on MTV Europe was Money for Nothing by Dire Straits, which, appropriately, starts and finishes with repetition of the line "I want my MTV", voiced by Sting.
- MTV Europe shows at this time included MTV's Greatest Hits, Headbangers Ball, MTV's Most Wanted with Ray Cokes, The Big Picture (movie releases), The Pulse (fashion and style), 120 Minutes with Paul King and the MTV Coca-Cola Report with Kristiane Backer (music news, interviews and tour dates).
- MTV Europe bought Breakfast Television Centre in Hawley crescent, Camden Town the former headquarters of ITV's now defunct breakfast television company, TV-am in 1993.
- MTV Europe always had its Transmission Centre in London - having been launched in August 1987 from the Chrysalis TV owned Air TV facility.
- MTV Europe became something of a pioneer in Europe when in 1995 it began to broadcast using digitally compressed transmissions.
- From 1993 to 1996 MTV Europe was broadcast on Russian TV channels 2x2, TV-6, Muz-TV, Seti-NN etc.
1997-2010 - The regionalization of MTV in Europe
In 1997, MTV Networks Europe began to regionalize its MTV feed in a number of areas in Europe.
- In March 1997, MTV Central (Central as in Central Europe) was launched as a German-speaking MTV music channel available in Germany and Austria. It was initially broadcast out of Hamburg before moving to Munich and finally Berlin. MTV Central later was renamed MTV Germany.
- On 1 July 1997 MTV UK & Ireland launched, followed by MTV Italia in September. MTV Nordic for Scandinavia launched in June 1998 and MTV Russia for Russia launched on 25 September 1998. Since 2000, MTV Networks Europe launched other regional channels across the continent.
- In May 2002, the channel re-branded as 'MTV European'. In August 2007, it moved its editorial base from London to Warsaw, Poland, though still beaming its signal from MTV Networks Europe's London headquarters.
- Prior to 1 August 2010, MTV Europe provided a unique mix of popular culture programming along with music videos.
- As of 1 August 2010, MTV Europe has controversially removed its core music programming and replaced it with reality based programming from MTV US.
- MTV Europe is aimed at viewers aged around 16-35, it reaches more than 100 million households in 43 territories.
- The channels broadcast centre is located in Prague, Czech Republic (previously London) and programming produced at MTV Networks headquarters in Warsaw, Poland.
- In July 2011, MTV Europe rebranded its channel utilizing a new logo and idents.
- In August 2012, MTV Europe suspended from programing all of the broadcast charts.
- In January 2013, three charts are back on MTV Europe - Hitlist UK, Base Chart and Dance Floor Chart
- In Summer 2015, MTV Europe rebranded the channels identity focusing on MTVBump.com initiative and allowing more social friendly idents created by MTV viewers.
As of 2016, MTV Europe serves the following territories:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Czech Republic
- Faroe Islands
MTV Europe is also broadcast in a number of African countries including South Africa, alongside local MTV Base Africa, MTV Portugal and MTV France. MTV European is distributed across Europe via satellite, cable, and terrestrial television.
Free-to-air satellite transmissions
MTV Germany was available FTA on Astra 19,2E, but it became encrypted on January 1, 2011. So now the only FTA transmissions are the Italian MTV-channels on Eutelsat 12 West A.
Award Shows and Live Music Specials
- Most Wanted
- MTV News
- European Top 20
- Yo! MTV Raps
- MTV Live
- MTV Unplugged
- World Chart Express
- The Lick
- Lick Shots
- HitList UK
- MTV Mono
- ChillOut Zone
- Party Zone
- Alternative Nation
- Headbangers Ball
- Dance Floor Chart
- So '90's
- MTV's Greatest Hits
- MTV Amour
- Total Request Live
- 3 from 1
- Top 10 at 10
- MTV Alarm
- Number One Hits
- Summer of MTV
- Select MTV
- Nordic Top 5
- Top Selection
- The Fridge
- Data Videos
- Hanging Out
- MTV Hot
- Global Groove
- Total Request
- The Late Lick
- MTV Video Clash
- MTV Hitlist
- MTV Startrax
- The Soul of MTV
- Music Mix
- Roulette MTV
- Non Stop Hits
- Non Stop Music
- Morning Mix
- Night Videos
- Saturday Night Music Mix
- Sunday Night Music Mix
- Ray Cokes (1987–1996) Cokes & Vanthilt, Ray's Requests, Most Wanted, X-Ray Vision, The Big Picture, European Top 20, MTV's Greatest Hits
- Simone Angel (1990–1998) Party Zone, MTV Dance, Dance Floor, Club MTV, Dance Floor Chart, European Top 20, MTV's Greatest Hits, Dial MTV
- Paul King (1989–1994) MTV's Greatest Hits, 120 Minutes, MTV News, Morning Mix, HitList UK, XPO, Dial MTV
- Pip Dann (1988–1994) MTV Prime, Post Modern, MTV at the Movies, The Big Picture, Dial MTV, Music Non Stop, European Top 20, XPO, MTV's Greatest Hits, MTV Coca-Cola Report, First Look, RockBlock
- Maiken Wexø (1987–1992; 1993) Pure Pop, MTV Coca-Cola Report, European Top 20, MTV News, XPO, MTV Prime
- Marcel Vanthilt (1987–1990; 1991) Cokes & Vanthilt, Most Wanted
- Sophie Bramly (1987–1991) Yo! MTV Raps
- Chris Salewicz (1987–1993) MTV News
- Nunu (1990) Awake on the Wild Side
- Sonya Saul (1990-1992) MTV News
- Terry Christian (1991) XPO, Morning Mix
- Richie Rich (1993-1994) The Soul of MTV, MTV's Greatest Hits, HitList UK
- John Dunton-Downer (1987-1997) 120 Minutes, The Big Picture (producer)
- Steve Blame (1987–1994) MTV News, MTV Coca-Cola Report, First Look
- Vanessa Warwick (1990–1997) Headbangers Ball, RockBlock
- Kristiane Backer (1989–1995) European Top 20, MTV Coca-Cola Report, MTV's Greatest Hits, Awake on the Wild Side, XPO, Party Zone, Headbangers Ball, RockBlock
- Rebecca de Ruvo (1991–1995) Dial MTV, Awake on the Wild Side, MTV Prime, European Top 20
- Marijne van der Vlugt (1991–1996; 2013; 2015) The Pulse, MTV Coca-Cola Report, Alternative Nation, 120 Minutes, Post Modern, European Top 20, Dial MTV, Music Non Stop, MTV Europe Music Awards 2013 (voice-over), MTV Europe Music Awards 2015 (voice-over)
- Davina McCall (1987; 1992–1998) Hanging Out, HitList UK, MTV Coca-Cola Report, MTV's Greatest Hits, European Top 20, First Look, Music Non Stop, Most Wanted, Cinematic, Singled Out, The End?
- Lisa I'Anson (1993–1996) The Soul of MTV, MTV News, HitList UK, Hanging Out, European Top 20, Music Non Stop
- Ingo Schmoll (1993–1996) Morning Mix, MTV News, First Look, MTV's Greatest Hits, European Top 20
- Enrico Silvestrin (1993–1997) Select MTV, Hanging Out, European Top 20, Dial MTV
- Hugo de Campos (1994–1997) Stylissimo, Dial MTV, European Top 20, Music Non Stop, First Look, Hanging Out, The End?
- Maria Guzenina (1994–1997) KickStart, Awake on the Wild Side, Morning Mix, Music Non Stop, European Top 20, MTV's Greatest Hits, MTV Amour, MTV at the Movies
- Carolyn Lilipaly (1994–1998) MTV News, HitList UK, The Big Picture, MTV Winter Parties
- Miles Hunt (1994-1995) 120 Minutes
- John Kearns (1995–2012) MTV News, The Big Picture, MTV Europe Music Awards (voice-over)
- Toby Amies (1995–1999) Alternative Nation, MTV News, MTV Hot
- Eden Harel (1995–2000) European Top 20, Select MTV, Dance Floor Chart, Hanging Out, Dial MTV
- Kimsy von Reischach (1995-1998) First Look, European Top 20, MTV's Greatest Hits, MTV Winter Parties, Hanging Out
- Julia Valet (1996–1997) Superock, MTV Hot
- Nikolai (1996) MTV's Greatest Hits, European Top 20, HitList UK, Morning Mix
- Boris (1996-1997) European Top 20, MTV Snowball, First Look
- Christian Ulmen (1996–1997) MTV Hot
- Crispin Somerville (1996-1997) Select MTV, HitList UK, Hanging Out
- Camila Raznovich (1996–1998) MTV Amour, Hanging Out, MTV Summer Festivals, MTV Beach House
- Lily Myrhed (1996-1998) HitList UK, MTV Winter Parties, Awake on the Wild Side, Morning Mix
- Lars Oostveen "Vico" (1996-1999) Select MTV, Dial MTV
- Thomas Madvig (1996-1999) Select MTV, MTV News
- Katja Schuurman (1997-2000) So 90's
- Melanie Sykes (1997) HitList UK
- Cat Deeley (1997–2002) HitList UK, Stylissimo, MTV News, MTV Amour, Dance Floor Chart
- Ulrika Eriksson (1998-2003) MTV News, Select MTV, HitList UK, Nordic Top 5, MTV:New, Morning Glory
- Kicki Berg (1998–2006) MTV News, Select MTV, European Top 20, Nordic Top 5, MTV Supermercado
- Trevor Nelson (1998-2003) The Lick
- Trey Farley (1999-2000) Select MTV, MTV News
- Lars Beckung (1999–2006) MTV:New, Select MTV, Nordic Top 5, MTV News, Morning Glory
- Neil Cole (2000–2004) The Fridge, MTV News, Select MTV, European Top 20, World Chart Express, MTV:New
- Joanne Colan (2000–2004) MTV News, European Top 20, MTV Movie Special, Select MTV, MTV:New, MTV Top 20 Countdown, MTV's Winterjam, MTV Presents
- Fleur van der Kieft (2000–2002) Top Selection, Select MTV
- Frederique Bedos (2001) Select MTV
- Erickka Jones (2001) MTV Top 20 Countdown
- Mimi Kalinda (2001-2002) Dance Floor Chart, World Chart Express, Top Selection, Select MTV, The Fridge
- Ina Geraldine (2003–2004) Euro Top 20
- Becky Griffin (2003-2005) Dance Floor Chart, World Chart Express
- Amelia Hoy (2004–2005) Euro Top 20
- Axl Smith (2004-2007) Spanking New, Axl Meets, MTV at the Festivals
- Jason Danino-Holt (2006) Switched On
- Charlotte Thorstvedt (2005–2009) Euro Top 20, Spanking New
- Matthew Bailey (2009–2010) Euro Top 20