The president of MTV is stepping down from the position, with network owner Viacom Inc. expected to announce a successor later today. In an exclusive, Nellie Andreeva reports on Deadline.com that Sean Atkins is out after a little more than a year on the job.
“I’ve learned that Atkins opted to leave when Viacom Music and Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog, to whom he reports, informed Atkins of a plan to bring in an executive over him,” Andreeva reports. “Atkins, who will stay on as a consultant through January advising on the transition, announced his surprising departure in a note to his staff this morning.”
Speculating about a possible replacement, Andreeva calls Chris McCarthy a “logical choice.”
“No one is commenting, but Chris McCarthy has been a rising star at the company with a string of promotions over the past year, most recently to president of VH1 and Logo, after orchestrating a ratings turnaround at MTV sibling VH1 in a short period of time,” the report notes.