If you haven’t been paying attention to what’s been happening with MTV’s news department lately, they’re currently in the middle of a restructuring process, which is set to see them take on a more video-based approach, rather than focusing on longform journalism. However, this restructuring has apparently dug up some interesting news in regards to the company removing bad reviews.
As SPIN reports, back in 2016, MTV published a short review of the new Kings Of Leon track ‘Waste A Moment’. The review was titled ‘Kings of Leon Waste Their Moment’, and was rather negative towards the track, going so far as to say “Their sound today is no longer just middle of the road, it’s almost aggressively anonymous.”
During a meeting only a couple of days later, editorial director of music Jessica Hopper, told staff members that the group were displeased with the review and had threatened to remove themselves from the MTV Europe Music Awards.
As SPIN explains, “The complaint over the article went straight to executive-level corporate management, and an agreement was reached that MTV News would, at least temporarily, cease the publication of reviews under 500 words. This was because executives at MTV associated those kinds of blog posts with snarkiness and criticism, both of which were deemed detrimental to the network’s broader ability to work with artists who may be the subjects of such posts.”