MTV Base (Africa)

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MTV Base
MTV Base 2013 logo.svg
LaunchedFebruary 2005[1]
Owned byViacom International Media Networks Africa
Viacom International Media Networks Europe
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 576i for the SDTV feed)
Broadcast areaNigeria, West Africa, Kenya, South Africa
Sister channel(s)MTV Africa
BET Africa
Comedy Central Africa
Nickelodeon Africa
NickToons Africa
Nick Jr. Africa
DStvChannel 322

MTV Base is a 24-hour music channel from Viacom International Media Networks Africa. There are two different feeds of MTV Base Africa, with one catering for the South African audience and another for rest of Africa, although there have been criticisms the African feed broadcasts Nigerian music only.


The channel was launched in February 2005 with a live music special with live performances from local African and international artists. MTV Base Africa also promoted MTV Europe and aired some of its reality series..

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]

On March 5, 2019 MTV Base expanded its reach in South Africa and its now available on DStv Access in HD. Comedy Central, BET, MTV, Nickelodeon (South Africa) switched to HD on the same day on DStv.


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  1. ^ "MTV launches in Africa". Broadcast. 16 November 2004. Retrieved 27 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Commissioning brief – MTV South Africa".
  3. ^ "Media Update".