Viacom networks to air Obama town hall

MTV, BET, CMT, others to broadcast ad-free event

NEW YORK - Viacom cable networks MTV, BET, CENTRIC, CMT, mtvU and Tr3s will air a one-hour, commercial free town hall event with President Obama next week Thursday, the company said Tuesday.

The Oct. 14 town hall at 4 pm is entitled "A Conversation with President Obama" and will air live with an audience of approximately 250 young people representing different backgrounds, interests and political viewpoints.

The production of MTV News and BET News will be hosted by MTV's Sway Calloway, BET's April Woodard and CMT's Katie Cook. The president will answer questions on a range of topics from the studio audience and viewers who submit questions via Twitter.
The event will also be streamed live on, and

"We know that America's youth hold strong views about the challenges our country faces as well as their own aspirations for the future," said Viacom president and CEO Philippe Dauman. "We are honored that the President has chosen to appear on our cable networks to continue his dialogue with the nation's young people."