MTV does not want to split the vote with Barack Obama. The network has shifted the start time of its Video Music Awards on September 6 in LA so it won’t slam into Obama’s acceptance speech the same night at the Democratic National Convention. “We will be airing the VMAs on Thursday, September 6th from 8-10 PM as opposed to our traditional 9-11 PM time slot to avoid conflict with the Democratic National Convention proceedings that evening,” a MTV spokesperson told Deadline. The DNC had no comment on the potential clash, nor could it say exactly when the president is scheduled to take the stage at the convention in Charlotte, N.C. However, if recent past political conventions are an indication, the nominee traditionally beings his speech around 10 PM EST. This is the second broadcast schedule move around the president’s speech; the NFL said in February it was moving its 2012 regular-season opener on NBC from September 6 to September 5 (a Wednesday) to avoid conflicting with Obama. The Democratic convention runs September 3-6.
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