MTV Extra


MTV Europe 1993-1994


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Index of MTV Extra:

- the programmes

- the VJs

- Specials

- Articles



The programmes:


Hit List UK


This programme aired on Mondays 18.00 - 20.00 CET and was repeated at 0.00 - 2.00 CET.

It was presented by Paul King up until 21 February 1994; Lisa I'Anson carried on after him.


On Bank Holiday Mondays, Hitlist UK was filmed on location somewhere in the UK, such as in Brighton, London, Oxford...

XPO, later renamed First Look


This programme showed new singles and album releases.

It was presented by VJ Paul King until 30 July 1994.


It aired Saturdays 13.30 - 14.00 CET and was repeated Saturdays 23.00 - 23.30 CET and Sundays 13.30 - 14.00 CET.


120 Minutes


"MTV's 120 Minutes concentrates on the underground, the alternative, and the independent. This show is MTV's acknowledgement of music beyond the confines of the charts - a two-hour combustion of music on the cutting edge. Each show includes artist interviews, the week's alternative releases, the latestindie videos, rarely seen classics and live performances. All presented by Paul King." - MTVtext (1994)


The show was broadcast Sundays 21.00 - 23.00 CET.

Most Wanted


Probably the best remembered and mostly missed show from MTV Europe. Hosted by Ray Cokes.

Aired Tuesdays-Fridays 20.30 - 22.00 CET (1993) and later 21.00 - 22.30 CET.


The show's predecessor was called Ray's Request. Firstly a request show, it soon became the most hilarious MTV show, with Ray Cokes' humour, jokes, original camera angles, chaotic programming. Some of the show's features were: the Bingo Wall of Death, the Friday Competition, the Goody Bag Competition, the Phone Poll, Clean Our Souls etc. Remember Bubbles, Flossy, AndyCam, Craig the Cableholder, Rob the Cameraman, Naughty Nina, Alan the Dictator and Pathetic Pat?


"Featuring the most surprising talks, the most in-demand artists, and the most audience participation"

"Ray Cokes is back with the usual madness" - MTVtext


Greatest Hits


The programme that showed all sorts of classic videos from the 70's, 80's and 90's.

Aired Mondays - Fridays 16.00 - 17.00 and 22.00 - 23.00 CET and later 13.00 - 14.00 and 20.00 - 21.00 CET.


Presented by Paul King up until 28 July 1994; from that date on by Pip Dann.


"A quick amble down the musical memory lane with Paul King / Musical memories rekindled with Paul King." - MTVtext


Dial MTV


Viewers could phone in to say which current video they would mostly wanted to see. A top 10 was compiled from this viewer feedback and was shown on this programme.


Firstly presented by Paul King, later by Rebecca de Ruvo.


Aired Mondays - Fridays 17.30 - 18.00 CET.


"Rebecca with the top tunes of the day"- MTVtext



MTV Prime, later renamed Music Non-Stop


In this programme some new videos were played 'non-stop'. Presented by VJ Pip Dann.


Aired: Tuesdays - Fridays 18.30 - 20.00 CET.  


"Latest world hits" - MTVtext


Headbangers' Ball


Presented by Vanessa Warwick, this programme showed heavy metal and hard rock music.


Airtime: Sundays 23.30 - 2.00 CET


"Europe's premier rock show, featuring exclusive and in-depth interviews, live reports from all over the world, rock news and the latest video releases." - MTVtext

MTV At The Movies


One of the few programmes that didn't feature any music in it. All about new movie and video releases, presented by Pip Dann and later VJ Ingo.


Aired: Mondays - Fridays 16.45 - 17.00 CET and 23.15 - 23.30 CET.


"Ingo munches some popcorn." - MTVtext, 1994.


MTV Live


The first MTV Live show was broadcast on 29 May 1994 and showcased a live concert by Therapy? at the Brixton Academy.


Airtime: Saturdays 23.30 - 0.00 CET and Mondays 20.30 - 21.00 CET.



Alternative Nation


This programme started in February 1994 and featured alternative music. It was presented by VJ Marijne van der Vlugt.

It aired Wednesdays 0.00 - 2.00 CET.


"Marijne with the alternative." - MTVtext



Dance / Party Zone


This programme was all about dance music. Presented by VJ Simone Angel.


Dance aired Saturdays 17.00 - 18.00 CET

Party Zone aired Tuesdays- Fridays 0.00 - 2.00 CET.


"The dance floor is brought to your front room." - MTVtext about Party Zone.



European Top 20 Countdown


The title says it all: this programme showed the European hitlist. Presented by Pip Dann and later by Rebecca de Ruvo.


Airtime: Saturdays 19.00 - 21.00 CET and repeated Sundays 11.30 - 13.30 CET.


News at Night


The latest news from the world of music, presented by Steve Blame and Lisa I'Anson, later by Carolyn Lilipaly.


Segments of the programme were aired during the day, the programme as a whole was aired Mondays - Fridays 17.00 - 17.15 CET and 23.30 - 23.45 CET.


"All the latest news and interviews"

"All the top music world stories" - MTVtext


News - Weekend edition


The most important news from the week, presented by Steve Blame, Lisa I'Anson or Carolyn.


Airtime: Saturdays: 18.30 - 19.00 CET and Sundays 10.30 - 11.00 CET.


3 From 1


Three videos from one artist or dealing with one subject. It was not presented by a VJ.


Aired: Mondays - Fridays 17.15 - 17.30 CET and 23.45 - 0.00 CET.


"A trio hits"

"3 songs... from one artist or group." - MTVtext


The Big Picture


All about movies, including reports from Hollywood and Cannes. Part of this programme was the Cult Corner, presented by DD.

Presented by Ray Cokes, later by Pip Dann.


Aired: Saturdays and Sundays 11.00 - 11.30 CET.


"In-depth movie show"- MTVtext


The Chill Out Zone


Programme featuring quiet music to chill out to. I never watched it so I don't know when it aired.


The Coca-Cola Report


Reports about music, acts, artists, events, tour data etc.


Presented by VJ Kristiane.


Airtime: Mondays - Fridays 16.30 - 16.45 CET and 23.00 - 23.15 CET.


"This daily fast-paced show provides information on tour news, classics from the archives and request videos." - MTVtext

"Music news and tour dates with Kristiane." MTVtext page 102.


The Pulse with Swatch


Monthly programme about fashion. The monthly show was repeated a few times during the month.


Presented by VJ Marijne.


The Soul of MTV


The show that features soul and R&B music.


Presented by VJ Richie Rich.


Airtime: Mondays - Fridays 12.00 - 13.00 CET and Saturdays 22.00 - 23.00 CET.


"A smooth mix of the best modern and vintage soul, plus interviews and news." - MTVtext.

VJ segment / VJ slot


VJ slots are presented by one particular VJ and feature mostly new videos but classics as well. Each segment has its own VJ. Most segments have no special name, only the name of its presenter, such as "VJ Marijne".


The early-morning slot was called "Awake On The Wild Side" and was presented by Rebecca de Ruvo (airtime Mondays - Fridays 6.00 - 9.00 CET)




The VJs (July 1994)


Carolyn Lilipaly


"24-year-old, Dutch-Indonesian Carolyn made her debut as the new face of MTV News during the Vote Europe Weekend. Born in Middelburg, Holland, she studied law at the universities of Leiden and Amsterdam and has worked in media, music and public relations. She has taken Lisa I'Anson's seat at the MTV News desk and will also present an hourly update of news." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994


"Twenty four year old, Dutch-Indonesian Carolyn is one of the faces of MTV NEWS and MTV NEWS AT NIGHT. She started on the channel in June 1994." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- MTV News



I don't know

Davina McCall


"UK born Davina is twenty five years old and debuted on the channel in November 1993 as the crazy on-location reporter for MTV'S MOST WANTED. She now co-presents the new and daring late nigh show, THE END? with Spanish VJ Hugo." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- The End?



Working as a TV presenter for Channel 4.



His real name is John Dunton-Downer. Although not an official VJ, he did present the Cult Corner in The Big Picture since 1990.



- Cult Corner (The Big Picture)



Director at Horsepower Productions.


Ingo Schmoll


"In November 1993, 23-year-old Ingo Schmoll packed up his belongings in Cologne, Germany, and went to London to join MTV's merry band of presenters. Ingo is leadsinger with the group Non Art Art." - MTVtext, VJ profiles, 1994


"Twenty-three year old Ingo packed up and moved from Cologne, Germany to London to be an MTV VJ in November 1993. As well as VJ segments, he also presents the daily cinema show, CINEMATIC." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- VJ slot

- Cinematic


Left MTV in 1996.



A TV presenter for German TV (WDR and RTL Plus).

Kristiane Backer


"Hamburg born-an-bred Kristiane has been with MTV since February 1989. She worked at Radio Hamburg for two years, behind-the-scenes and as a reporter, as well as being a film director's assistant." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"Hamburg born-an-bred Kristiane has been with MTV since February 1989. VJ Kristiane presents the daily infrmation show THE MTV COCA-COLA REPORT." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- The Coca-Cola Report



Works as a presenter in Germany.

Lisa I'Anson


"No stranger to the limelight, Lisa was previously known to UK radio listeners as the voice behind Kiss FM's magazine show The Word. She joined the MTV News team in October 1992 and presents hourly news bulletins and co-hosts the daily news round-up MTV's News at Night." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"Lisa, who started off with MTV NEWS in October 1992, has recently made the move from News presenter to MTV VJ. She now presents HIT LIST UK, the weekly UK chart rundown, and the daily show, THE SOUL OF MTV. " - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- MTV News

- Hit List UK

- The Soul of MTV

- VJ slot



I don't know

Maria Guzenina


"Maria, who was born in Helsinki, Finland, is of Russian/German parentage and is twenty-five years old. She joined MTV in May 1994 as a stand-in VJ." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- VJ slot

- Select MTV



Her name is now Guzenina-Richardson and is now working for Espoo town (Finland) and is active in politics.

Marijne van der Vlugt


"The daughter of a well-known Dutch actor, Marijne was born in Amsterdam, but moved to the UK when she was 12 years old. She was a top model and is member of the group Salad, who have supported Blur on tour." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"Dutch born Marijne, who joined MTV in 1991, presents the channel's style programme, THE PULSE WITH SWATCH and MTV'S MUSIC NON-STOP. She is also the lead singer with successful indie band Salad." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- VJ slot

- The Pulse with Swatch

- Alternative Nation




I don't know

Paul King


"Lead singer of the successful '80s band King, Paul first appeared on MTV in May 1989 as a stand-in VJ. In January 1990 he became a permanent face on the channel." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.



- VJ slot

- Dial MTV

- MTV's Greatest Hits

- 120 Minutes

- Hit List UK

- XPO / First Look




He's working as an executive producer for MTV Networks.

Pip Dann


"New Zealander Pip first appeared on MTV in November 1987 as a stand-in but quickly made her mark and in December 1988 became a regular face on MTV News and started to present Week In Rock." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"New Zealander Pip first appeared on MTV in November 1987 as a stand-in for holidaying VJs. In December 1988 she officially joined the channel and now presents MTV'S GREATEST HITS which features classic videos and THE BIG PICTURE, the weekly in-depth movie review show." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- European Top 20 Countdown

- MTV's Greatest Hits (from August 1994)

- MTV at the Movies

- Music Non-Stop

- The Big Picture



I don't know

Ray Cokes


"Fluent in French, Ray has presented programmes on Belgium TV and rock shows on Sky Channel / Music Box. He has been with the channel since it launched in 1987 and hosts the regular film show The Big Picture as well as MTV's live prime-time chat show." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"Europe's MOST WANTED man... Mr Ray Cokes... has been with the channel since its launch in 1987. Ray and his madcap sense of humour can be witnessed nightly on MTV'S MOST WANTED, the live prime-time show which features top star interviews, acoustic performances and lots of viewer interaction." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- The Big Picture

- MTV's Most Wanted; later X-Ray Vision



I don't know

Rebecca de Ruvo


"Originating from Stockholm, at 17 years Rebecca headed for London, landing a job at Anxious Records. She pursued a career as a singer as well as making her mark on Swedish TV show Druvan, interviewing pop stars." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.



- Dial MTV

- European Top 20 Countdown

- Awake on the Wild Side (VJ slot)



I don't know

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Richie Rich


"His career started in 1983 as a breakdancer appearing in videos, on TV shows and the streets on London's Covent Garden, plus club dance floors across Italy and England. About the same time he began DJ-ing and helped to found the independent label Gee Street Records, for which he has produced top 50 hits." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.



- The Soul of MTV



I don't know


Simone Angel


"Born in Amsterdam, 21-year-old Simone packed her bags for London with a list of record companies to impress. She amazed executives at A&M's dance label Atomic when she sang for them, and was offered a deal on the spot. News of Simone soon arrived at MTV and she made her debut appearance in April 1991." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"Twenty-one year old Simone, who comes from The Netherlands, made her debut appearance on MTV in April 1991. When she's not on the dance-floor herself, she presents two weekly dance shows, PARTYZONE and DANCE." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- VJ slot

- Dance

- Party Zone



Radio DJ in Aruba.

Steve Blame


"One of MTV's original presenters, Steve has been with the channel since it launched on 1 August 1987. He features hourly on the channel with the latest pop and rock news from around the world." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"British born and bred Steve has been with the channel since it launched in 1987. Steve presents and is Managing Editor of MTV NEWS. Additionally, he co-presents the news round-up NEWS AT NIGHT and NEWS AT NIGHT: THE WEEKEND EDITION." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- MTV News / MTV News at Night / MTV News: Weekend Edition



Still active in TV, developing TV concepts (



Vanessa Warwick


"27-year-old Vanessa from Aylesbury, UK, joined MTV in January 1988 as a production assistant, but her knowledge of the headbanging world - she managed a rock band - led her to become the show's producer and presenter." - MTVtext, VJ Profiles, 1994.


"MTV's resident Hard Rock expert Vanessa is presenter/reporter of HEADBANGERS BALL, the channel's weekly heavy metal show, since January 1991." - The faces of MTV, September 1994.



- Headbangers Ball


Left MTV in: 1997.



Working for North One Television as Head of Special Music Projects.


Special shows




Euro Video Song Contest


Introduced in 1993 as a healthy alternative to the stale Eurovision song contest. In 1994 it was renamed Euro Video Grand Prix.


It was broadcast on 14-15 May 1993, simultaneously to the 'real' contest.

Paul King and Rebecca de Ruvo hosted the show.


Pictures: follow this link.



This is the list of contestors and the results:


- Belgium: The Radios - She goes nana - 21 points

- Denmark: D.A.D. - Laugh'n a 1/2 - 20 points

- Germany: Philip Boa - ?? - 87 points

- Ireland: The 4 of us - She hits me - 39 points

- Spain: Heroes del Silencio - Entre dos tierras - 46 points

- France: Niagara - Un million d'années - 112 points

- Israel: Stella Maris - Ishtar - 1 point

- Italy : Litfiba - Sotto il volcano - 41 points

- Netherlands: Candy Dulfer - Sax-a-go-go - 86 points

- Norway: Stage Dolls - Love don't bother me - 28 points

- Austria: Papermoon - Tell me a poem - 47 points

- Switzerland: Young Gods - Skinflowers - 73 points

- Finland: 22 Pistepirkko - Birdy - 75 points

- Sweden: Atomic Swing - Stone me into the groove - 91 points

- United Kingdom: Suede - Animal nitrate - 114 points (WINNER) 






Euro Video Grand Prix


Broadcast on 30 April 1994, simultaneously to the 'real' song contest.

And again, Paul King and Rebecca de Ruvo hosted the show.


Pictures: follow this link.





This is the list of contestors:


- Belgium: Betty Goes Green - Cold by the sea - 18 points

- Czech Republic: Ecstasy of St. Theresa - ?? - 19 points

- Denmark: Sort Sol - Shaheeba Bay - 38 points

- Germany: Die Krupps - To the hilt - 86 points

- Ireland: The Cranberries - Linger - 43 points

- Greece: Dante - Kapios se agapai - 17 points

- Spain: Seguridas Social - ?? - 56 points

- France: Les Rita Mitsouko - Y'a d'la haine - 142 points (WINNER)

- Israel - Shlomo Gronich and the Sheba Choir - Hot soil - 59 points

- Italy: Jovanotti - Penso positivo - 119 points

- Hungary: Erica C. - Good times - ?? points

- Netherlands: Valensia - Gaia - ?? points

- Norway: Trine Rein - Just missed the train - ?? points

- Austria: Ballyhoo - A door in a window - ?? points

- Russia: Natalija Vetlitskaja - Look into my eyes - ?? points

- Switzerland: Sens Unik - A gauche a droit - ?? points

- Finland: Waltari - So fine - ?? points

- Sweden: Lucky People Center - Ubuuntu - ?? points

- Turkey: Deniz Celik - Ya sen ya hic - ?? points

- United Kingdom: The Orb - Lush 3 - ?? points



Other specials




The last edition of Greatest Hits hosted by VJ Paul King


On 29 July 1994, Paul King hosted his last two Greatest Hits shows.


In the afternoon edition, he put together a "king of a show" with artists with 'King' in their name or song title - including, of course, his own video for Love and Pride.


In the evening show, he showcased these videos, all deserving the title 'greatest hits' according to Paul King, for various reasons:


- Laidback: Bakerman

- Talking Heads: Once in a lifetime

- David Bowie: Ashes to ashes

- New Order: True faith

- The Cure: Close to me

- Depeche Mode: Enjoy the silence

- A House: Endless art

- The The: Heartland

- Prince: I wish U heaven

- Michael Jackson - Thriller (uncut version)



You can find the transcript of this last show on the MTV Europe page.




The last edition of 120 Minutes by VJ Paul King


On 31 July 1994, Paul King hosted his last edition of 120 Minutes.


Among the bands featured on this show were Wire, Einstürzende Neubauten, Swans, Spiritualized, Foetus, KLF, Luxuria, Young Gods, New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Lead Into Gold, Pankow, Cranes, Sexepil and Ministry and it also featured an interview with Ride.



A transcript of this can be found on the MTV Europe page.





(in English and Dutch)


Note about my translations: my apologies if they're not really good English - I'm not an English native speaker, so inevitably there will be some mistakes in vocabulary and grammar. The translations will, however, convey the meaning of the Dutch text and that's their purpose. I translated the whole content, even some mistakes and errors; even if it's complete nonsense...!




* The world of MTV (Current, September/October 1992)




The world of MTV


Geoff Mortimore goes behind the scenes at MTV Europe to examine the pop video and its role in the music industry


Have you seen the video in which the guy is singing and thousands of cartoon creatures are flying around his head? Or the video in which the male band members are cavorting about dressed as women, doing the housework? You may remember the videos - but can you remember the songs? This is a strongly debated point in the music industry, as some people feel that the pop video, as an art form, is undermining the quality of the music it is supposed to be promoting.


So has video killed the radio star? Not according to Brett Hansen, director of production and programming for MTV Europe. New Zealander Hansen is a firm believer in the theory that visual strength is at least as important as the musical content in the song. And MTV's opinion carries a lot of weight in the music business.


MTV is a whole new phenomenon in itself. American MTV was launched in 1981, and MTV Europe was born on August 1, 1987, transmitting to around three million viewers. Today it broadcasts twenty-four hours a day and reaches some 32.8 million homes in twenty-eight countries, from Greece, Germany and France to countries as far flung as Bulgaria, Romania, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (several states of the former Soviet Union), a fact that Hansen is very proud of. He puts it down to hard work and the ability of the channel to meet customer requirements and break new ground at the same time.


Hansen has overall control of what is put on the screens, when, and to whom. This is no simple task when you have twenty-four hours a day of music to present. He also monitors news broadcasts, and plays a major part in the day to day running of the business. What is most important to him is that MTV Europe has its own separate identity from the American version of MTV. He points out, "It would be much cheaper and easier just to hook up to the American version, but MTV Europe has a powerful mark. It has to have a different personality to what you see in America."


With power and influence comes criticism, and detractors of MTV and the concept of the music video aim two main criticisms at MTV. One is that the channel features only British and American bands. Hansen argues that it is up to the individual countries and music stations to push harder.  He thinks that there are not enough foreign music TV shows that showcase and produce local talent in the first place, which hampers MTV from the start.


This is borne out by the European charts, which MTV compiles weekly. The charts are dominated by American and British acts, and all MTV Europe can do, is reflect current trends. He adds, "It is a constant effort of ours to find European bands that we feel can break across barriers, but we are, after all, an international entity."


"I see MTV as a channel which is, in itself, a programme. It's, in a way, like your friend. It should always be there, and always be ready to deliver what you want and expect from it." The mood of the channel is set by the people who work there, and, says Hansen, they are all encouraged to go to gigs and clubs, and to keep up with what's happening. "It's the style of the people that dictates the vibe of the channel." That's what makes MTV Europe different, he thinks. "We have proved that just playing videos does not necessarily mean that you are creating a vibrant channel - it needs more."


But another common criticism of MTV is that it plays it too safe, and concentrates on bands that are regularly in the charts. Does it simply pander to the multinational record companies who can afford to spend thousands plugging a single record? In theory, says Hansen, this is not the case. "The trouble, though, is that the smaller lesser known groups are not really the overriding vibe of the channel, although they are still a highly influential part of it."


"In some ways," he continues, "MTV gives such bands a better chance of breaking through, because they can fully exploit their visual power. We don't just play safe, everyone gets exposure on our shows. The balance is important to me, because I would like to think that a Madonna fan could sit next to a Velvet Underground fan and feel comfortable. The same goes for our programmes. Where there is an opportunity to take a risk, I will do it."


In fact, this willingness to step close to the edge is another aspect which separates MTV from other music shows. Probably the best example of the channel's more liberal attitude was when it refused to ban Madonna's "Justify My Love" video, when almost everyone else did ban it. Now, MTV's reputation is such that, if MTV bands something, it must be really truly offensive. However, last year MTV refused to play a video by Neil Young because it was blatantly advertising certain products, and the video then went on to win prestigious awards.


But Hansen is adamant that the channel will not just play anything. The selection process is long and sometimes complicated. "We play all the new releases each Tuesday," he says. They are put to a committee which includes the music programmers, the channel programmers and anybody else involved with each individual programme. In specialised music programmes, the VJs, or video jockeys, are on the team too.


After hearing all the releases, a general agreement is reached based on a myriad of different reasons. "Basically," says Hansen, "if it's a really crap video or a really crap song, and we feel it doesn't reflect what we are, we will turn it down. Then we look at the feedback from record companies, radio stations, viewers' opinions and chart placings before reaching the final decision." And, Hansen continues, "we have to be careful. We have a huge responsibility and we know we have to power to dictate the market - Nirvana's recent success is a prime example of that.


Hansen also knows the limits of MTV Europe, and strangely enough, its strength as an international organisation is also its weakness. Because it crosses so many national borders, language in particular is restricted. There is no room for puns, for example, and there is little chance of a foreign language programme being shown.


Nevertheless, Brent Hansen's enthusiasm for what he creates is contagious, which is hardly surprising. As he says, it is, at the end of the day, a great gig.



* Gezellig kijken met zijn 92 miljoenen! (source unknown; August 1992)


Translation (not revised yet)


Let's sit down and watch TV, the 92 million of us!


MTV is having its fifth birthday


On 1 August 1981, MTV started in America. In a short time, it became the most powerful youth station in America. The formula of 24 hours a day full of music videos, interviews with pop artists and loads of pop news was a direct hit. MTV became a household word. While Mummy is watching a soap downstairs, her son and daughter are watching MTV in their room upstairs. MTV's influence is gigantic. Many groups andartist have gained fame through MTV.  At the start of 1985, the music station was going downhill. At the request of recording companies the programming was altered. As a result the programming became neither fish nor flesh. Hardrock was banned and only middle of the road music was played. As the progressive character of the station disappeared, the ratings dropped immediately. "The core of our viewers was actually scared off," says MTV America's boss Tom Freston. "For them, MTV had been the station that gave new bands a chance. Nobody was waiting for sweet-voiced love songs. After two meagre years MTV reversed its policy. Heavy metal was featured again, new bands were given a chance and ballads were restricted to a minimum. MTV once again became a rock-'n'-roll station for adolescents. On 1 August 1987 Elton John started off MTV Europe from the Roxy Club in Amsterdam. On its first day the station had only one and a half million cable connections to broadcast to, but today MTV Europe can be received by 38 million households in 28 countries. So if you're watching, you're absolutely not alone!


The faces of MTV

- Simone Angel: 20-year-old Simone is a native Dutchwoman and debuted on MTV in April 1991. Every weekday she introduces the newest videos in the afternoon. She also presents the weekly show 'Party Zone' which focuses entirely on dance music.

- Kristiane Backer: Kristiane hals from Hamburg, Germany. She's the host for the night viewers. She works for MTV since February 1989. On occasion she presents the daily show 'The Coca Cola Report'.

- Steve Blame: this thoroughly British VJ has been working for MTV Europe since its start in '87. He's especially known for his much discussed and crazy interviews with all the prominent pop artists. He's MTV's sleuth: whenever something worth reporting is happening, Steve is there like lightning.

- Ray Cokes: Ray is the man who keeps in contact with the viewers through funny competitions, top interviews and acoustic performances by the stars. Just like Steve, Ray is one of MTV Europe's veterans. Film lovers probably know him from the film show 'The Big Picture'.

- Pip Dann: New-Zealander Pip first appeared on MTV in November 1987, as a stand-in VJ for the ones on holiday. In December 1988 she got a permanent contract and since then she has presented numerous programmes including 'The European Top 20 Countdown'.

- Rebecca De Ruvo: 22-year-old Rebecca is Swedish and since the start of 1991 she greets the viewers every morning in 'Awake On The Wildside'. She also presents the viewers' chart.

- Paul King: you probably remember him as the singer of the British pop group King. He also got a job at MTV as a stand-in VJ and hasn't left since. His regular programmes are '120 Minutes' and 'MTV's Greatest Hits'.

- Sonya Saul: British Sonya works as newsreader and reporter for MTV. Every other hour she presents a short news flash, together with Steve Blame.

- Marijne van der Vlugt: Dutch Marijne works for MTV since last year. She's only occupied with fashion and lifestyle. If you want to be kept informed about the newest trends, watch her programme 'The Pulse with Swatch'.

- Vanessa Warwick: she is the hardrock expert of MTV, since January 1991. Be it heavy metal, trash or hardcore, Vanessa brings it all into your living-room with 'Headbangers Ball'.


MTV Facts and Information

- MTV's archives in London contain more than 13000 videoclips. And weekly some 30 are added.

- The first video MTV in America showed was 'Video Killed The Rdaio Star' by The Buggles.

- The first video that was played on 1 August (at the start of MTV Europe) was 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits.

- There is an MTV Europe, America, Asia, Australia and Brazil

- MTV organises the yearly MTV Video Music Awards. This has become one of the most important musical happenings in the world.

- MTV regularly campaigns, together with artists, to raise awareness of topics as the environment, drugs, smoking, alcohol and AIDS.

- MTV broadcasts about 100 videos a day.

- MTV thought of the word video jockey (VJ). Special guest VJs were, until now: Phil Collins, Joan Jett, Bon Jovi, New Kids On The Block, Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Curt Smith, Bananarama and many others.

- The name MTV is used in, among others, the song text of 'Money For Nothing' by Dire Straits (I want my MTV) and in the.... George Michael [and here the text stops]


* Meer over de meiden van MTV



* Most Wanted Ad, 1994.



* The Faces of MTV (MTV Europe, September 1994)




* Ray Cokes: Ik krijg zo'n 2000 brieven per week" (Hitkrant, 1994)



* Een MTV-dominee (source unknown, 1994)





* Een dag uit het leven van MTV-jock Paul King (Hitkrant, 4 August 1993).


Rough translation


A day in the life of MTV VJ Paul King


Paul King is a versatile man. He once was a singing pop idol: in 1985 he and his band King were in the Dutch Top 10 with 'Love & Pride'. Recently he's become an actor as well, because a few months ago he made his debut in the British film 'A Rake's Progress'. But all music-loving Europeans know him mainly as the MTV-veejay with the pleasant voice and friendly smile. Thanks to his relaxed presentation of programmes such as 'Greatest Hits' and 'First Look', it's hard to imagine MTV without Paul. We've followed this sympathetic Briton during his busy preparation for one of his programmes. Well, busy...


"I've got the best job in the world!"


1.  Paul: "My work day starts off in the morning in my office. After my first cup of coffee, I take my second cup. Then I receive a fax from the MTV-direction with the programming and the day's texts..."
2. "During my fifth cup of coffee I call the programme director to pass on any text changes. The recording times also vary. Mostly two episodes of Greatest Hits are recorded daily. An extra episode of First Look is recorded, in addition, on Fridays. That show features brand-new clips. The MTV work schedule isn't that bad, because, since all all shows are recorded a few days before their actual transmission, I'm off on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays..."

3. "After that I dive into the dusty MTV archives to find the required video tapes. That's a fun job to do, because you'll find the most amazing oldies. You name it, it's there. Yes, even 'Love & Pride' by King, ha ha ha."
4. "When I've collected all video tapes, I put them in a video changer. That's a computer-controlled machine that makes sure the clips are in focus and that they can be played one after another on demand. Technology knows no limits."

5. "Just before the actual recordings I check all the tapes together with the show's producer. It sometimes happens that the wrong video was placed in the tape box or that a tape is damaged. This is a very relaxed part - I even have time enough to read my papers."

6. "After that I go into the dressing room to powder my nose. We do have someone who does the make-up, but in my case that's not necessary, because I'm ready in no time. I prefer to wipe a sponge over my face myself."

7. After the make-up I have to wait until the production team is done putting up the set and other technical stuff I don't know anything about. Most of the time I go for a walk or sit and rest on the sofa in the reception area. Everyone needs time to relax!

8. There's no cameraman present at the recording of Greatest Hits, because the camera remains at the same angle. The camera is controlled by a computer in the control room. Well, for you, I don't mind taking place behind the camera. It does look rather professional, doesn't it?"
9. "When all technical experts are done in the TV studio, I'm called up by the intercom. I go and stand before the camera, put on my microphone and then the recording starts. I don't have to learn the texts by heart, because during the recording the texts are displayed on the auto-cue. I just have to read them. Easy, isn't it? No, really, I've got the best job in the world..."




* Vee Jay Paul King (Veronica Magazine 14, 1991)


Rough translation:


Vee Jay Paul King

MTV is still young


"I never really stopped making music, 'cause a creative person doesn't lose his creativity when changing jobs," says Paul King, one time singer of the band King and now one year employed by MTV as a video jockey (VJ).


"After my career with King in America I went back to live in London. It was 1986 and satellite television was just coming up," says Paul. The black-haired presenter immediately bought a satellite dish. "It was very futuristic at the time to have such a thing on your roof. I loved the idea that I could watch programmes which were seen by numerous people all over Europe at the same time." Paul remained fascinated by satellite television. This made him succesfully apply for a job at MTV at the start of 1989. "I started as a stand-in VJ. In the spring of 1990 they offered me a permanent position." Since then Paul takes care of the presentation of the shows "120 Minutes", "Greatest Hits" and, recently, "Dial MTV", in which the top 5 of requested videos is played. "The fun with Dial MTV is that the programme gives feedback from the public," states Paul. This show is also proof of MTV's influence, since its top 5 often corresponds with MTV's airplay top 5.


Iron Curtain

"MTV is actually the same as starting a new band," thinks King. "You have a new record and an act and you try to reach the public. MTV is very much the same. I consider announcing videos as performing. It's still communicating with the public. MTV is still a young phenomenon and still has to prove itself." That's what MTV has been doing recently behind the former iron curtain. From the start of March MTV is broadcast even to the Soviet Union. Paul: "Yes, that's fabulous - the fact that we can now communicate with the Soviets. Moreover, it's a historic event that rock 'n' roll and MTV are being tolerated over there. A mind blowing thing!"


Life span

His work at MTV has given Paul a good perspective on the developments in pop music. He sees that the average life span of a pop band is considerably shorter these days than before. "The power of videos and the power of the media make that pop music is consumed faster," King explains, "and a band lives on a hit for a shorter time. Previously you could have a hit record in country A and score three months later in country B with the same song. Nowadays, with stations such as MTV, a record is made known to the world in one go, which reduces the careers of 'one hit wonders' from two years to five - six months," says Paul, who himself still makes some music. He's now making quiet, instrumental music in his own studio in London. Paul: "It's not danceable, er, call it music to listen to."



* Paul King: creatief tegen wil en dank (Oor 8, 1990)


Translation (not revised yet):


Paul King: creative out of necessity


MTV Europe starts to look a bit like an asylum for ex-pop stars. It's not that we have anything against that, but anyway... Marcel Vanthilt, in the ancient past famous in Flandres with 'Arbeid Adelt!' had just left and the next one appeared. His name was Paul King and he was once the front man of King, a British teeny-bopperband that had a hit halfway through the eighties with 'Love and Pride'. (And he for his part is sometimes substituted by Don Letts, ex-Big Audio Dynamite).


King's success was shortlived. And when last year their five-year contract with CBS expired, Paul King and his mates were booted. "I literally and figuratively knocked on MTV's door and asked them if they had a job for me. And thanks to their open door policy I could start right away," says Paul King, a native Irishman who assumed an Oxford-English accent during his drama studies "Somehow, in the course of time, I lost my interest in making pop music myself. I've experienced how the music business operates and I have had enough of it. Writing hits with a stanza, a chorus and another stanza - I'm not saying it's easy but for me it's no big deal. I'm not interested any more." But if it's no big deal for him to write hit singles, why didn't all his singles since 'Love and Pride' succeed? "Because of problems with the record company. They only considered us a singles chart band, alhough we took ourselves very seriously. That clashed. And in the long run, you always will be defeated by the record company." An experience the richer and an illusion the poorer Paul King by any means wanted to stay active in the music biz. "Because it's the only thing I know something about." He bought a recording studio from his savings, in which he's working with young hardcore hip hop artists. "I enable them to make recordings. I don't interfere with the process. That's why I have plenty of time and energy left to do something beside it," And that was MTV. "An ideal job. Firstly, I'm still involved in music, doing what I do best and that's performing. Secondly, MTV is a perfect training school. I write my own texts, do production work and now and then I also direct. I'm more than just a talking head."


Most of his time and efforts are spent on 120 Minutes, the alternative rockshow which is broadcast Fridays after midnight (Saturday afternoon a remix of it is broadcast under the name 60 Minutes). Paul King: "Perhaps you wouldn't expect it, but I've always preferred indie music; even more, as King we tried to mix funk and reggae with an attitude that is connected to this independent pop. Because I think indie music has everything to do with attitude. These musicians don't want to and don't have to conform to a certain taste. And so I think interesting new music is made."


"With 120 Minutes I can do and not do whatever I want. Our biggest handicaps are time - we only have two hours - and money - there isn't any at all. But I don't think that's a drawback per se. I'd like to compare 120 Minutes with French cinema in the fifties. They had to compete with Hollywood. The French didn't have any financial means, but Hollywood had plenty. The French however, kept making one great film after another. If they were shooting outside and it suddenly started to rain although it wasn't in the script, they simply added a rain scene. This is how 120 Minutes works as well. We have to be creative, just like the artists that we feature on our show."


* Zó werd Carolyn Lilipaly het nieuwe gezicht van MTV



* Marijne van der Vlugt slaat muzikaal slaatje



* MTV-schnabbelsalade



* MTV (Veronica Magazine 13, 1990)




Careers can easily be combined in the world of entertainment. Paul King (photo) for example, is both pop musician and tv presenter. He's a presenter at MTV, the popular pop station that programmes so many video clips; and also interviews. A few years ago, Paul had a lot of success as a pop musician with the band he named after himself: King. His advantage is, of course, that Paul can see the music business from two sides and, where necessary, can relativise.


* MTV's Greatest Hits advertisement (source unknown, 1993)



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