Muz-TV (Муз-ТВ, from Музыкальное телевидение – Music Television) is a Russian music TV channel, broadcasting since 1996, as a MTV version on Russian language. It is largely modelled after western MTV and predates launching of MTV Russia in 1998. Muz TV was founded by Sergey Lisovskiy. Today Muz-TV is owned by UTH Russia.
Muz-TV’s format is Russian pop music videos, although international pop, hip-hop and contemporary R&B can be occasionally seen as well. There are charts for both local and international acts, voted via channel’s website.
Much like MTV, in late 2000’s Muz-TV became more an entertainment channel broadcasting reality shows, rather than a music channel. After the re-branding of 16 September 2012 “Muz-TV” has moved to a new frequency, changing the concept back to the “musical” On its old frequency, a new youth entertainment channel “U”, which consists of programs previously aired on the Muz-TV (except musical programs), as well as new programs and series, both purchased and own production.