The MTV music franchise 120 Minutes is returning with original host Matt Pinfield, launching on MTV2 as an on-air monthly show later this year and as a weekly online series, 120 Seconds, on MTV Hive.
Pinfield started hosting MTV’s 120 Minutes in 1995. He went on to host a variety of MTV shows and more than 100 MTV specials during his time at the network. In addition to his new hosting duties for MTV2’s 120 Minutes and MTV Hive’s 120 Seconds, Pinfield is currently hosting middays at WRXP 101.9 FM in NY.
“I’ve always loved working with MTV and its passionate staff. I am elated and proud to be part of bringing back one of the most influential and longest running music shows in the network’s history,” said Pinfield. “Everywhere I go, people from all over the world-talk about how much 120 Minutes shaped their musical tastes and how much they missed it. The show helped expose, and ultimately, break new artists. MTV’s historical role in breaking artists of all genres can never be underestimated. I’m looking forward to the exciting present and future of 120 Minutes and 120 Seconds!”
“The signature of MTV’s 120 Minutes was the unparalleled passion for and perspective on the latest music and artists that were off the mainstream media’s radar,” commented Amy Doyle, the executive VP of music and talent at MTV. “Being able to bring back that music ethos and Matt Pinfield back as host was essential but we also needed to re-invent the 120 Minutes franchise through a multi-screen experience that a whole new generation of music fans would appreciate—and we believe we’ve accomplished that with MTV Hive’s 120 Seconds and MTV2’s 120 Minutes.”