MHD Sets Up Shop in Vail

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MTV Networks is taking its new HD network 10,350 feet above sea level.

The programmer said Tuesday that its MHD will move into a custom-built studio on top of Vail Mountain’s Eagle’s Nest in Colorado.

The network is set to launch Jan. 16.

The state-of-the-art glass-walled studio will be home to Colorado native and current mtvU on-air personality George Oliphant, who will host new and original shows such as MHD Top Ten and MHD Video Stew, along with live in-studio events and interviews with artists from the top of Vail Mountain.

U.S. Team freestyle skier and former University of Colorado wide receiver Jeremy Bloom will join Oliphant as an on-air VJ when he returns from the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Turino, Italy.

“Part of creating a channel that lives up to this technology is finding a studio location that showcases the programming in the most visually compelling way,” MTVN Music Group senior vice president of business development Tony Dunaif said in a prepared statement. “I don’t think we could have found a better locale to give viewers a spectacular backdrop for MHD than Vail and the Colorado Rockies.”

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