Nick Sticks With Troubled Brown

Superstar singer Chris Brown has lost endorsement deals and playtime for his songs on several radio stations in response to his recent alleged assault of girlfriend/pop star Rihanna. But he hasn't lost the faith of Nickelodeon ... yet.
The 19-year old Brown is nominated for a 2009 Kids' Choice Award in the category of best male singer as chosen by the kids themselves and will remain a nominee for the foreseeable future despite his potential legal troubles.
The kids-targeted network will air its annual awards show on March 28. Kids will be able to cast their vote for the winners in a total of 18 categories online at starting March 2.
"The kids picked him and as of right now he will remain a nominee," said a Nickelodeon spokeswoman.
Brown turned himself in to Los Angeles police Feb. 8 on suspicion of assaulting a then-unidentified woman who has since been identified by several news reports as Rihanna, the 20-year old "Disturbia" singer.
After Brown's arrest, gum manufacturer Wrigley suspended its campaign featuring Brown as a Doublemint spokesman. Radio stations in Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis pulled his songs out of the stations' regular music rotations in light of the allegations.
Reuters said Brown and Rihanna were notable no-shows at Thursday night's NAACP Image awards ceremony in Los Angeles; both were nominees. Jamie Foxx topped Brown in the outstanding male artist category and Rihanna, 20, lost to Beyonce for outstanding female artist.
On the cable side, representatives from MTV, VH1 and BET all said that Brown's videos were not currently on the air so no decisions regarding Brown had to be made.
On-demand music video service Music Choice would not comment on what actions if any it will take regarding Brown's videos, which still remain on the VOD service. Music Choice in December named Brown its most demanded artist of the year as part of its inaugural Music Choice Video On Demand Awards.

R. Thomas Umstead

R. Thomas Umstead serves as senior content producer, programming for Multichannel News, Broadcasting + Cable and Next TV. During his more than 30-year career as a print and online journalist, Umstead has written articles on a variety of subjects ranging from TV technology, marketing and sports production to content distribution and development. He has provided expert commentary on television issues and trends for such TV, print, radio and streaming outlets as Fox News, CNBC, the Today show, USA Today, The New York Times and National Public Radio. Umstead has also filmed, produced and edited more than 100 original video interviews, profiles and news reports featuring key cable television executives as well as entertainers and celebrity personalities.