MTV News Shutting Down After 36 Years

Throughout its 36-year history, MTV News has been known for delivering a wide range of music and entertainment news to its audience. The channel has covered everything from major album releases and concert tours to celebrity gossip and social justice issues.

One of the most notable moments in MTV News’ history came in 1991, when journalist Tabitha Soren covered Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” video shoot. Soren’s coverage of the shoot and her subsequent interviews with the band helped to launch Nirvana’s career and cement MTV News’ reputation as a tastemaker in the music industry.

Over the years, MTV News has had a number of talented news hosts and correspondents, including Kurt Loder, John Norris, Gideon Yago, and Sway Calloway. These hosts brought their own unique perspectives to the channel’s coverage and helped to shape the way that music and entertainment news was delivered to audiences.

Kurt Loder, who was with the channel for more than two decades, became one of MTV News’ most iconic hosts. He covered major events like the MTV Video Music Awards and interviewed everyone from Madonna to Michael Jackson. Loder was known for his journalistic integrity and his ability to deliver hard-hitting news with a sense of humor.

John Norris was another MTV News mainstay, covering events like Woodstock ’94 and the O.J. Simpson trial. His coverage of the 1992 presidential election, which saw Bill Clinton defeat incumbent George H.W. Bush, earned him widespread acclaim.

Gideon Yago joined MTV News in the early 2000s and became known for his coverage of the Iraq War and his interviews with political figures like Senator John McCain. Sway Calloway, who hosted MTV News from the late 1990s until 2012, was known for his insightful interviews with hip-hop artists and his coverage of the BET Awards.


One of the most significant contributions that MTV News made to the world of journalism was its “Choose or Lose” segment. Launched in 1992, “Choose or Lose” was a political campaign aimed at engaging young voters and encouraging them to participate in the democratic process.

Through the “Choose or Lose” campaign, MTV News covered every U.S. presidential election from 1992 to 2008. The campaign involved a series of news specials, live events, and interviews with political figures, as well as a robust online presence.

The “Choose or Lose” campaign was highly effective in mobilizing young voters. In 1992, the first year of the campaign, voter turnout among 18- to 24-year-olds increased by 20 percent compared to the previous presidential election. The campaign was widely credited with helping to elect Bill Clinton, who was known for his appeal to young voters.

Over the years, “Choose or Lose” tackled a wide range of political issues, from gun control and LGBT rights to climate change and foreign policy. The segment also covered local and state elections, encouraging young people to get involved in politics at all levels of government.

“Choose or Lose” was an innovative and groundbreaking campaign that helped to change the way that political news was delivered to young people. It inspired other media outlets to take a more proactive approach to engaging young voters, and it remains an important part of MTV News’ legacy.

While the closure of MTV News is certainly a sad moment for fans of the channel, its legacy will continue to be felt for years to come. The hosts and correspondents who made MTV News such an influential platform will always be remembered as pioneers in the world of music and entertainment journalism.

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