Akado adds CTC Kids to line-up

Russian service provider Akado has added kids channel CTC Kids to its programming line-up. Akado will include the channel in its TV Stars package. Overall, Akado offers over 200 channels arranged in five basic and 14 premium packages. Akado’s addition of CTC Kids follows the launch of the channel six months ago. CTC Kids is […]

MTG completes sale of CTC stake

Modern Times Group (MTG) has completed the sale of its 38% stake in Russian broadcasters CTC Media. The Swedish-based free and pay TV group received a total of US$123 million (€110 million) for the stake, and the deal leaves MTG with no further interest in CTC or any of its operations. The sale will result […]

CTC Media receives final payment for 75% stake sale

CTC Media has now received the received the final tranche of payment for its sale of a 75% stake in the company to Russia’s UTV Management. The deal saw CTC Media received US$150.5 million (€133.7 million) in cash after it closed on December 23. An additional US$50 million was held back and was subject to […]

CTC offers premium online access to top show

Russia’s CTC Media is offering premium online access to the third season of popular series Molodezhka ahead of its becoming available as part of the Videomore on-demand service. CTC will make the first four episodes of the series available for purchase five days before the show is made available to Videomore subscribers. The first two […]

CTC launches channel-wide second screen app

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched a dedicated second-screen app that uses audio synchronisation to provide additional services related to broadcast shows on tablets and smartphones. The company had previously experimented with second-screen technology by launching an app for its Molodezhka TV series in autumn 2014, which was downloaded over one million times in the […]

CTC Media launches movie streaming

Russia’s CTC Media has launched free movie streaming across its various channel websites and on its on-demand TV site Videomore. CTC Media will offer a selection of films on the websites for its CTC, Domashniy and Peretz channels, as well as on Videomore, with the titles geared towards the themes of the corresponding stations. CTC […]

MTG denies CTC sale reports

Modern Times Group (MTG) has denied suggestions in the Russian press that it has held talks with Telcrest Investments, the Cyprus-based investment vehicle controlled by Rossiya Bank, to sell its 39% stake in the company ahead of the imposition of new restrictions on foreign ownership of Russian media assets. Russian newspaper Vedomosti reported that multiple […]

CTC Media sets out ambitions for licensing business

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has launched a licensing business and has presented opportunities to potential partners at an inaugural licensing summit. CTC said it planned to license brands targeted at the teenage and adult audiences based on hit programmes including Kitchen, The Voronins, Molodezhka and brands from thematic channels Domashny TV and Peretz TV. The […]

CTC mulls channels refocus

The target audience shares of CTC Media’s Russian TV networks were affected by overall audience fragmentation and increased competition from news broadcasts in the third quarter, causing the firm to mull changes to its output. Announcing its latest results, CTC Media said it was evaluating a “potential transformation” of its Peretz network, making it a […]

MTG and CTC mull options as Putin passes media law amendment

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed into law the amendment to the country’s media law that will limit foreign ownership of media companies in Russia to 20%, down from the current limit of 50%. The legislation will apply to both existing and future foreign ownership and comes into effect in January 2016.  Russian broadcaster CTC […]

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