Viacom's BET, CMT and MTV to Air 'A Conversation with President Obama' Live From the BET Studios in Washington, D.C. Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 4p.m. ET/ 3p.m. CT/4p.m. PT Tape Delayed
One-hour Youth Town Hall Also to Air Live on Centric, mtvU and Tr3s, Interactive Event to be Streamed Live on BET.com, CMT.com, MTV.com and Tr3s.com
Users Can Also Submit Questions Online to the President
NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Viacom's (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B) BET, CMT and MTV will air "A Conversation with President Obama," a live commercial free youth Town Hall on Thursday, October 14 at 4 p.m. (ET)/3 p.m. (CT)/Tape Delayed 4 p.m. (PT) before an audience of approximately 250 young people representing a broad cross section of backgrounds, interests and political views. The President will answer questions from the studio audience as well as from users submitting questions online and through their mobile devices. Centric, mtvU and Tr3s will also run the special live.
"A Conversation with President Obama" will stream live and on-demand on BET.com, CMT.com, MTV.com and Tr3s.com where users will be able to submit their questions for the President via the "Twitter Tracker," a web-based tool that will be featured during the live event as the primary way for viewers at home to submit questions and track comments related to the Town Hall. While the "Twitter Tracker" goes live on Wednesday, users can submit questions now via Twitter using the hashtag "ask" plus any specific issue of interest to them. For example, if it's about jobs, users can tweet "#askjobs" and then their question. If it's about education, they can tweet "#askeducation." The same can be done for comments using the tag "comment," followed by their thoughts.
"A Conversation with President Obama" is a production of MTV News and BET News and will be hosted by MTV's Sway Calloway, BET's April Woodard and CMT's Katie Cook . The show will also be made available On-Demand 30 days after its initial airing on major distribution partners listed here: Cablevision, Charter, Comcast Corporation, Cox Communications, DISH Network, DIRECTV, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Time Warner Cable and Verizon.
BET is the leading provider of media and entertainment for African Americans and consumers of Black culture, and is the number one cable network among blacks 18-34 and 18-49 in the U.S. CENTRIC is a 24-hour entertainment network targeting the 25- to 54-year-old African-American audience. CMT is the leading television and digital authority on country music and entertainment, reaching more than 91 million homes in the U.S. MTV is the world's premier youth entertainment brand with a global reach of more than a half-billion households. MTV is the number one full-day, ad-supported cable network among viewers 12-24, 18-24 and teens in the U.S. Broadcast to more than 750 college campuses and via top cable distributors in 700 college communities nationwide, mtvU reaches nearly 9 million U.S. college students – making it the largest, most comprehensive television network just for college students. Tr3s: MTV, Musica y Mas, owned and operated by MTV Networks International, reaches 7.4 million Hispanic TV households and 39 million total TV households.
Viacom, consisting of BET Networks, MTV Networks and Paramount Pictures, is the world's leading entertainment content company. It engages audiences on television, motion picture and digital platforms through many of the world's best known entertainment brands, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Palladia, Logo, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, Nick Jr., TeenNick, Nicktoons, COMEDY CENTRAL, Spike TV, TV Land, BET, CENTRIC, Rock Band, AddictingGames, Atom, Neopets, Shockwave and Paramount Pictures. Viacom's global reach includes approximately 170 channels and 500 digital media properties in more than 160 countries and territories.
For more information about Viacom and its businesses, visit www.viacom.com.
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