Wednesday, June 26, 2024

MTV News Website Goes Dark, Archives Pulled Offline

Paramount Global also has removed content from CMT’s site

MTV News

More than two decades’ worth of content published on is no longer available after MTV appears to have fully pulled down the site and its related content. Content on its sister site,, seems to have met a similar fate.

In 2023, MTV News was shuttered amid the financial woes of parent company Paramount Global. As of Monday (June 24), trying to access MTV News articles on or resulted in visitors being redirected to the main MTV website.

The now-unavailable content includes decades of music journalism comprising thousands of articles and interviews with countless major artists, dating back to the site’s launch in 1996. Perhaps the most significant loss is MTV News’ vast hip-hop-related archives, particularly its weekly “Mixtape Monday” column, which ran for nearly a decade in the 2000s and 2010s and featured interviews, reviews and more with many artists, producers and others early in their careers.

Former MTV News staffers posted on social media about the website shutdown and the scrubbing of the archives. “So, no longer exists. Eight years of my life are gone without a trace,” Patrick Hosken, former music editor for MTV News, wrote on X. “All because it didn’t fit some executives’ bottom lines. Infuriating is too small a word.”

“sickening (derogatory) to see the entire @mtvnews archive wiped from the internet,” Crystal Bell, culture editor at Mashable and one-time entertainment director of MTV News, posted on X. “decades of music history gone…including some very early k-pop stories.”

“This is disgraceful. They’ve completely wiped the MTV News archive,” longtime Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt commented. “Decades of pop culture history research material gone, and why?”

Last week, Paramount Global’s CMT website similarly pulled its repository of country-music journalism dating back several decades.

Reps for MTV did not respond to Variety's requests for comment Monday.

Some observers noted that MTV News articles may be available through internet archiving services like the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine, but according to Hiatt older MTV News articles do not show up via Wayback Machine.

In May 2023, Paramount Global shut down MTV News — which had already been severely downsized by layoffs in recent years — coming amid a 25% reduction in workforce across the Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks groups in the U.S. The group is headed by president-CEO Chris McCarthy, who in late April was named one of the three co-CEOs running Paramount Global’s “Office of the CEO.”

MTV News began in the late ’80s with The Week in Rock, a show hosted by Kurt Loder, who became the first MTV News anchor.

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Originally published: June 26, 2024.

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