Future of TRL in Doubt

Posted on February 17, 2007

Forbes.com reports that there are rumors going around that MTV's Total Request Live (TRL) could be canceled or cut back. The rumors started circulating after the news about MTV's big layoffs.
The future of MTV's signature music video show, Total Request Live, looks precarious, illustrating the Viacom network's struggles to stay relevant in an increasingly Web-based media landscape.

Speculation inside MTV and at the major music labels has been mounting that TRL, a daily afternoon show that has been experiencing declining ratings, will soon be canceled or scaled back to two days a week. The newest fuel for the rumor mill: the fact that much of the staff at TRL's studio at New York City's Times Square was laid off late Tuesday, including members of the wardrobe, makeup and technical staff.
It seems clear that Vanessa Minnillo will leave but the TRL rumor is being debated in the gossip blogs. Jossip has a post with a quote from MTV denying TRL will be canceled.