Mtv Arabia Review

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Background Information:
MTV (short for Music Television), which pioneered the concept of a cable music channel, was launched on August 1 1981. At the time of its launch, the MTV channel primarily catered to those in the 12 to 24 age group, airing heavy metal and rap music, although it expanded into several different niche markets through the establishment of alternative channels, such as VH1 and Nickelodeon, in conjunction with airing reality TV shows. In 1986, MTV was acquired by Viacom inc. and started to expand its operations through the global marketplace through a “Think Globally, Act Locally” strategy. The channel MTV Arabia was formed as a result of a licensing arrangement between MTV and AMG. MTVN (MTV Networks) launched MTV Arabia on November 17, 2007, in partnership with Arabian Television Network (ATN), which is part of the Arab Media Group’s (AMG) Arabian Broadcasting Network (ABN). According to analysts, MTV’s success in the Middle East was contingent upon a tactical balancing between delivery of international quality music and the culturally sensitive environment prevalent in the region.
The Fundamental Management Issue:
The key fundamental issue within the MTV case study is to determine whether localisation is needed to be successful in the market in conjunction with maintaining the MTV global brand and product. This is an issue since the market that MTV was entering, the Arabian market, presented a different cultural and socio-ethical construction from which MTV was used to and MTV was forced to adapt to the market to be successful.
Analysis of the Fundamental Management Issue:
There are many idiosyncrasies within the Middle Eastern culture that MTV would not have been familiar with, although MTV has a high degree of cultural competence with its extensive forays into regions such as Europe, Asia and Latin America. One of the major attributes to…...

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