MTV Base (Africa)

MTV Base
Launched February 2005[1]
3 July 2013 (opt-out South Africa feed)
Owned by Viacom International Media Networks Africa
Viacom International Media Networks Europe
Picture format 16:9, 576i (SDTV)
16:9, 1080i (HDTV)
Language English
Broadcast area Nigeria, West Africa, Kenya, South Africa
Sister channel(s) MTV Africa
BET Africa
Comedy Central Africa
Nickelodeon Africa
NickToons Africa
Nick Jr. Africa
DStv Channel 322

MTV Base is a 24-hour music channel from Viacom International Media Networks Africa. Available in Nigeria, West Africa, Kenya and South Africa. 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 the African feed broadcasts Nigerian music only.


The channel was launched as with a live music special with live performances from local African and international artists. MTV Base Africa also promoted MTV Europe and aired some of its reality series.

On 3 July 2013 Viacom International Media Networks (Africa) launched an opt-out feed of MTV Base Africa in South Africa.[2] The channel broadcasts MTV Base Africa into the territory with unique programming, advertising and sponsorship opportunities for South African audiences. The channel is also served by a localised South African website and has local presenters.[3]

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


See also


  1. "MTV launches in Africa". Broadcast. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. "Commissioning brief – MTV South Africa".
  3. "Media Update".
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