MTV News Ends After 36 Years Due to Paramount Layoffs
MTV News is no more following ongoing layoffs at parent company Paramount Global.
Per multiple outlets — including Variety and The Hollywood Reporter — the news division of MTV is the latest casualty of the overall merger of Paramount Media Networks, Showtime and MTV Entertainment Studios. Combined, there will be layoffs of 25% of the total workforce of those three companies.
MTV News first began in 1987 with the show The Week in Rock. The program was hosted by Kurt Loder, which was one of the division’s most popular correspondents. MTV News had a number of notable correspondents in its 36-year run. Among them were John Norris, SuChin Pak, Sway Calloway, Serena Altschul, Chris Connelly, Tabitha Soren, Gideon Yago and more.
MTV News shutting down is just the latest layoffs from the media and tech world. Notably, BuzzFeed announced last month it would lay off 15% of its staff. Among those layoffs was the entire BuzzFeed News division, which officially shut down on May 5. Its final story published was an oral history about the division.