|Launched||July 1, 1996 (free-to-air television)|
September 16, 2012 12:00 MSK (pay-television)
|Closed||September 16, 201211:59 MSK (free-to-air television)|
|Owned by||UTH Russia|
|Picture format||16:9 (576i, SDTV)|
|Slogan||Music unites (rus. Музыка объединяет)|
|Broadcast area||Russia, CIS|
|Replaced by||U (free broadcasting)|
Muz-TV (Муз-ТВ, from Музыкальное телевидение - Music Television) is a Russian music TV channel, broadcasting since 1996. It is largely modelled after western MTV and predates launching of MTV Russia in 1998. Muz TV was founded by Sergey Lisovskiy. The general director of Muz-TV is Arman Davletarov. Today Muz-TV is owned by UTH Russia, which is, in turn, 49% owned by The Walt Disney Company.
Muz-TV's format is Russian pop music videos, although international pop, hip-hop and contemporary R&B can be occasionally seen as well. There are charts for both local and international acts, voted via channel's website.
Much like MTV, in late 2000's Muz-TV became more an entertainment channel broadcasting reality shows, rather than a music channel. After the re-branding of 16 September 2012 "Muz-TV" has moved to a new frequency, changing the concept back to the "musical" On its old frequency, a new youth entertainment channel "U", which consists of programs previously aired on the Muz-TV (except musical programs), as well as new programs and series, both purchased and own production.
Muz-TV Music Awards
Annual Muz-TV music awards is presented to Russian pop musicians since 2003. For each nomination, three nominees are chosen by the channel's jury, and then nominees are voted via SMS. Award is presented on the show in Olimpiysky.
Muz-TV music awards is object of sharp criticism in media. The major issue is a repetitive list of nominees, for example, Zveri have been awarded "Best rock act" six times in a row, and Dima Bilan became "Artist of the Year" five times in six years. Another issue is lip syncing on the award ceremony.
Programs from September 2012
- Muz-TV Hit - the main music non-stop.
- Muz-Charge - morning music block.
- Ours - Russian music block.
- Gold Collection
- Urban Hit
- Rock Hit
- Love Hit
- Sexy Hour
- Dance Hit
- Muz-TV Chart
- Russian Chart
- TopHit Chart
- Billboard Chart
- Children Ten
- Popular Chart
- 10 Most...
- Stars Lights
- Concerts and music shows
- Clips in this Theme
- Artist Hour
- Special birthday marathons popular musicians (including display of all clips, programs, concerts, etc.).
- Official website UTH Russia in English Archived 2011-05-05 at the Wayback Machine
- Вадим Пономарев: Премия «Муз-ТВ 2006» как пиар пиара - Взгляд.ру
- Премия Муз-ТВ - одни и те же Archived 2009-06-16 at the Wayback Machine. 10 июня, 2009
- Итоги премии "Муз-ТВ": справедливый выбор и непрофессиональное проведение - News Music.ru