MySpace, MTV Team Up to Grill Candidates

Rivals unite to offer individual chats with presidential contenders
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 23, 2007 8:02 AM CDT
Sumner Redstone (left) and Rupert Murdoch at a UJA Federation benefit in 2005.   (Forward)
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(Newser) – MySpace and MTV will team up to host a series of live discussions with individual presidential contenders, Reuters reports. Held on college campuses, the hour-long sessions will offer questions from the audience as well as those submitted during the event by IM or text message. John Edwards will be the first to be grilled, on Sept. 27.

The collaboration brings together two of media's biggest rivals: Rupert Murdoch, whose News Corp. bought MySpace last year, and Viacom's Sumner Redstone, owner of MTV. The series comes on the heels of a Democratic presidential debate televised on CNN based on pre-recorded questions from users of Youtube, the Google-owned video site. (Read more MySpace stories.)