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MTV Base is a British pay television hip-hop/urban music channel from Viacom International Media Networks Europe. It primarily on hip hop, R&B, grime, garage, reggae, funk and soul music. It was launched on 1 July 1999.

MTV Base
MTV Base 2017 logo.svg
Launched1 July 1999
NetworkMTV (UK & Ireland)
Owned byViacom International Media Networks Europe
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
Audience shareUK:
0.02% (September 2018 (2018-09), BARB)
CountryUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom and Ireland
Sister channel(s)
Sky (UK & Ireland)Channel 353
Virgin Media (UK)Channel 313
Virgin Media (Ireland)Channel 704
WightFibreChannel 98
TalkTalk TVChannel 539


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. The channel was previously available in the Netherlands, Germany, Russia, France and other European countries but was replaced by MTV Dance in some territories from March 2008.

MTV Base began broadcasting in widescreen on 28 March 2012.

A European version was planned to launch in 2015.[1]

Expansion into AfricaEdit

MTV Base Africa launched in February 2005 throughout the African continent.

On 3 July 2013, Viacom International Media Networks Africa launched an localised feed of MTV Base exclusively for South Africa,[2] with local programming, advertising and VJs.[3]

Expansion into FranceEdit

MTV Base was launched in France on 21 December 2007.

The channel was replaced by French versions of MTV Hits and BET on 17 November 2015.


  • The Official UK Urban Chart
  • Super Base Beats
  • Breaking Base
  • Hype Right Now
  • Big Beats & Future Hits!
  • (artist): On Repeat
  • This Week's Most Played Top 40
  • (artist): 2 On

In My Feelings 90's Mix


See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ " / Cyfrowe kanały / MTV Base wraca do Rosji".
  2. ^ "Commissioning brief – MTV South Africa".
  3. ^ "Media Update".