MTV is to replace its interactive German music channel Viva Plus with a comedy station before the end of the year.

MTV is to replace its interactive German music channel Viva Plus with a comedy station before the end of the year.

The new channel, "Paramount Comedy," will air from early 2007. Its productions will be licensed from the United States, the United Kingdom and bespoke productions from the Cologne-based TV production company Brainpool, which is owned by Viacom.

Catherine Muehlemann, managing director of MTV central Europe and emerging markets, comments that the new channel will fit to our slogan "specialized channels for a mass audience."

A spokesperson for Cologne-based Viva says there are no redundancies planned.

In 2004, Viacom acquired MTV's longtime Germany/Switzerland/Austria rival Viva Media in a deal worth €308.7 million ($373 million). As a result of that agreement, Germany's most popular music TV channels -- MTV, MTV2 Pop, Viva and Viva Plus -- were brought under the same umbrella.