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July 1999

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1 July 1999 (Europe)February 2005 (Africa)21 December 2007 (France)3 July 2013 (opt-out South Africa feed)

17 november 2015 (France)

Picture format
16:9, 576i (SDTV)16:9, 1080i (HDTV)

Audience share
UK:0.03% (September 2015 (2015-09), BARB)

Broadcast area
United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, West Africa, Kenya and South Africa

Sister channel(s)
ListMTVMTV ClassicMTV DanceMTV HitsMTV LiveMTV MusicMTV RocksVH1VivaBETChannel 55*5USAComedy CentralComedy Central ExtraNickelodeonNick Jr.MTV iPowerRGDTVSpike

Owned by
Viacom International Media Networks, Viacom International Media Networks Europe


MTV Base is a 24-hour music and general entertainment channel from Viacom International Media Networks Europe. The channel focuses primarily on music from the world of R'n'B, hiphop, reggae, soul and urban. The MTV Base brand first launched in the United Kingdom and in Ireland on 1 July 1999, later launching in other European territories such as the Netherlands and Germany. MTV Base Africa launched in February 2005 throughout the African continent and MTV Base in French-speaking territories launched on 21 December 2007. MTV Base began broadcasting in widescreen on 28 March 2012. The french version of the channel is remplaced by the french version of MTV Hits and BET on the 17 november 2015.


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MTV Base is available in the United Kingdom, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Switzerland, Ireland, Nigeria and West Africa, Kenya, South Africa. The channel was previously available in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia and other European countries but was replaced by MTV Dance in some territories from March 2008. There are two different feeds of MTV Base Africa, with one catering for the South African audience and another for rest of Africa, although there have been criticisms that the rest of Africa feed caters to only Nigerian music, which MTV Base has denied, stating that Nigerian music is popular across Africa, hence why it gets a lot of airplay.

A European version will launch in 2015.

MTV Base in South Africa

On 3 July 2013 Viacom International Media Networks (Africa) launched an opt-out feed of MTV Base Africa in South Africa. This opt-out feed is called MTV South Africa. The channel broadcasts MTV Base Africa into the territory with unique programming, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for South African audiences. The channel will increase localized South African content featuring artists and localized music programming with a South African theme, all other programming on MTV South Africa will air as simulcast of the existing MTV Base Africa channel. The channel is also served by a localized South African website (www.mtv.co.za) and mobile website (m.mtv.co.za). The opt-out feed will also feature local presenters.

As of 2015, MTV Base South Africa is being marketed as MTV Africa.


African Feed

  • Shuga (Nigerian and Kenyan)
  • Spanking New Music
  • Official Naija Top 10
  • MVP
  • The Bigger Friday Show
  • The Base Chart Show
  • Word On The Street
  • Official African Chart
  • Base Real Talk
  • Your Download Chart
  • US Top 10
  • 100% Naija
  • Down South
  • East Side
  • Lip Sync Battle
  • Lip Sync Battle Africa
  • MTV Video Music Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
  • MTV Africa Music Awards
  • BET Awards
  • BET Hip Hop Awards
  • MTV Base: SA's Hottest MCs
  • MTV Base Hour Black
  • Pan-European/UK Feed

  • Big In The Game Top 10
  • First Base
  • MTV Base Top 10
  • Down With Droopy D
  • Love & Hip Hop
  • French Speaking Feed

  • Le Top Base
  • Hits Base
  • Le Top US
  • Les 50 meilleurs clips vacances
  • French Only
  • Les 10 meilleurs clips fran├žais
  • References

    MTV Base Wikipedia

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