CMT Joins MTV, VH1 & Logo Group Under President Chris McCarthy

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Viacom Inc. announced Thursday (Oct. 25) a new structure for Viacom Media Networks which will consist of four brand groups: Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land; MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo; BET Networks; and Nickelodeon.

In addition, Chris McCarthy will expand his current role of President of MTV, VH1 and Logo to now include CMT. The Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land group will be led by Kent Alterman, current President of Comedy Central. Kevin Kay will, as a result, step down as President, Paramount Network, TV Land and CMT after a transition period.

“These changes mark the next step in the ongoing evolution of our company as we continue to ensure we’re making the most of our great assets and resources, and operating as nimbly and efficiently as we can,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish. “Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land share an original content strategy anchored in scripted programming, and CMT – with its deep roots in music and unscripted programming – is a natural partner for MTV and VH1. Kent and Chris have been driving forces behind Viacom’s flagship strategy, re-energizing and growing two of our most iconic brands, and I can’t wait to see what they do next.”

McCarthy rose to the role of President of MTV, VH1 and Logo in October 2016 after serving as President of VH1 and Logo. He successfully regained MTV's popularity and MTV now is the fastest growing network in cable and number one with its 18-34 audience, while VH1 is riding three consecutive years of ratings growth. 

Alterman served as President of Comedy Central since 2016 after previously holding the position of President, Original Programming at the network. Throughout his leadership, he and his team launched fan favorite programs such as Inside Amy SchumerKey & PeeleBroad CityDrunk History and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah