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MTV News Is Back, With Veterans From Grantland, to Take on Vice

  • Network wants to reclaim `Rock the Vote' mojo with the young
  • Journalists to write on politics, music; be on air, podcasts

MTV, looking to reclaim the grip it held on youth culture with personalities like correspondent Kurt Loder, has hired several journalists, including veterans from Grantland and the New Republic, to reinvigorate the Viacom Inc. cable network’s news organization.

Alex Pappademas, who worked at the Grantland pop culture and sports website operated by ESPN, will be executive editor of MTV news and oversee the creation of a podcast network. Jamil Smith, who comes from The New Republic, will be MTV’s senior national correspondent, contributing to coverage of the presidential campaign. The network plans to announce the appointments Friday on a blog, according to a spokesman.