CNN applies for new Russian licence

CNN logoCNN has reportedly applied for a new licence to broadcast in Russia, three months after saying that it would cease airing there due to recent changes in media legislation.

According to Russian, non-government news agency, Interfax, Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor has received documents from CNN applying for a universal license to broadcast across Russia.

CNN ceased broadcasting in Russia at the end of December, after the firm’s parent company Turner International said in November that it was “assessing its distribution options for CNN in Russia” in light of the new regulations.

However, in a statement issued last month, Turner said that it had held a “productive meeting with the regulator to discuss our mutual interest in getting CNN International back in Russia and the procedural requirements for doing so.”

“We welcomed the opportunity to reiterate in person Turner International’s commitment to a long-term presence in Russia. We look forward to resuming distribution for CNN International in Russia as soon as possible,” said Turner in the statement.

A spokesperson for the company declined to comment on the Interfax report.

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