MTV Base
Short-lived MTV Base UK logo, used until 31 March 2022.
CountryUnited Kingdom
Broadcast areaUnited Kingdom, Ireland
Picture format16:9 576i SDTV
OwnerParamount Networks UK & Australia
Sister channels
Launched1 July 1999
Closed31 March 2022; 2 years ago (2022-03-31)
Replaced byMTV 90s

MTV Base was a British pay television music channel from Paramount Networks UK & Australia that focused primarily on hip hop, R&B, grime, garage, reggae, funk, soul and dance music. It was launched as part of MTV's digital offering of music channels on July 1, 1999 in both the United Kingdom and in Ireland.

MTV Base closed on 31 March 2022, and was replaced by MTV 90s.[1][2] The last video on the channel was "Shutdown" by Skepta.

Regional channels

The channel was previously available in other European countries, but was replaced by the now-defunct MTV Dance (replaced by Club MTV) channel from March 2008.


A pan-European version was planned to launch in 2015.[3]


Main article: MTV Base (African TV channel)

MTV Base Africa launched in February 2005 throughout the African continent. On 3 July 2013, Viacom International Media Networks Africa launched a localised feed of MTV Base exclusively for South Africa,[4] with local programming, advertising and VJs.[5]


Main article: MTV Base (French TV channel)

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.


Following the closures of MTV OMG, MTV Rocks and Club MTV on 20 July 2020, MTV Base previously broadcast a weekly chart based on Club MTV programming on Fridays.[6]

Former programming



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  3. ^ " / Cyfrowe kanały / MTV Base wraca do Rosji".
  4. ^ "Commissioning brief – MTV South Africa". Archived from the original on 14 December 2014. Retrieved 5 July 2013.
  5. ^ "Media Update".
  6. ^ "MTV to close three UK channels next week".