NewsJune 25, 2024 11:22 AM ET4,656 views

MTV removes 30 years worth of digital archives including news, interviews, profiles, and more

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More than two decades' worth of content from MTVNews.com has been removed, along with similar content from CMT.com. In 2023, MTV News was shuttered amid financial issues faced by parent company Paramount Global. Now, attempting to access MTV News articles results in a redirect to the main MTV website. 

MTV News began in the late '80s with "The Week in Rock," hosted by Kurt Loder, the first MTV News correspondent.

This removal includes a vast archive of music journalism, including interviews, reviews, and particularly significant hip-hop-related content like the "Mixtape Monday" column. Former MTV News staffers have expressed their frustration on social media about the loss of their work and the historical content.

Patrick Hosken, former music editor for MTV News, wrote on X, 

So, mtvnews.com no longer exists. Eight years of my life are gone without a trace. All because it didn't fit some executives' bottom lines. Infuriating is too small a word.

 

 

Crystal Bell, culture editor at Mashable and former entertainment director at MTV News, shared:

 sickening (derogatory) to see the entire @mtvnews archive wiped from the internet...decades of music history gone…including some very early k-pop stories.

 

 

Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt added: 

This is disgraceful. They've completely wiped the MTV News archive...Decades of pop culture history research material gone, and why?

 

 

Ryan J. Downey (freelance writer for MTV and at one time Lambgoat) also made mention of the events:

I worked for MTV News (freelance & staff) from 2000 till 2015. Some of the greatest experiences of my career and some of the greatest colleagues.

To quote the great Hannibal Buress: WACK. 

 

 

The possibility of accessing MTV News articles via the Wayback Machine was noted, but Hiatt mentioned that older articles do not show up there.

In May 2023, Paramount Global shut down MTV News amid a 25% workforce reduction across the Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks groups in the U.S., led by CEO Chris McCarthy

Source The Wrap.


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