Russian media law amendments pass second and third reading

Proposed amendments to Russian media law, which would block foreign investors owning more than 20% of Russian media firms, passed their second and third readings in State Duma on Friday. The lower house of the Russian parliament passed the amendments by a reported vote of 430 to two, without debate. They will now pass to […]

CTC evaluating Russian media law threat

CTC Media and its part stakeholder Modern Times Group have each said they are evaluating their business interests after Russian legislators moved to limit foreign ownership of domestic media firms. Responding to new legislation that passed the first reading in the lower house of the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, earlier this week, Russia’s CTC […]

Russian TV content worth RUB44.3 billion last year

The market value of ready-to-air TV content across Russia’s seven main networks was equivalent to RUB44.3 billion (€913 million) last year, according to KVG Research. The Moscow-based research firm, which looked at the seven major TV channels – Channel One, Russia 1, NTV, TNT, CTC, St. Petersburg’s TV-Channel 5. and REN TV – said that […]

CTC Media boosted by Russian digital multiplex delay

The full launch delay of Russia’s second digital TV multiplex from 2015 to 2019 will add billions of rubles to the cash flow of Russia’s CTC Media over the coming years. Announcing its second quarter earnings, CTC Media said that it has been actively engaged in the discussions about the timing of second Russian TV […]

Russian media groups launch tender for new measurement system

Russian media groups Perviyy Kanal (Channel One), Gazprom Media, National Media and CTC, and state broadcasting organisation RTR, have announced a tender for a new audience measurement system, according to local reports. According to business daily Kommersant, the tender calls for Russian or international companies with five years’ experience in audience measurement to submit an […]

Russian operators and broadcasters team to create new industry body

Russian pay TV operators and other media companies have teamed up to create a broad-based industry association dedicated to promoting common technology standards and promoting the interests of the industry. Pay TV operators including MTS, ER-Telecom, VimpelCom, Megafon and Rostelecom have teamed up with media companies including CTC Media, Prof Media and National Media Group […]

CTC Media ups digital focus with transmedia department

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has said it aims to further develop and enhance its presence on the internet and in digital media, establishing a new business unit called its Transmedia Projects Department. Former NTV presenter Alexey Pivovarov, who was appointed in October as director, television and transmedia projects, will head the department, while chief content […]

CTC Media boosted by channel gains

Russian broadcaster CTC Media reached its highest third quarter profitability level since 2009, with TV ad revenues climbing and two of its three Russian channels gaining market share. Announcing its third quarter results, CTC Media said that its CTC channel had now completed its shift to the older adult segment of the 10-45 year-olds and […]

CTC Media makes executive hire

Russian broadcaster CTC Media has appointed former Nord Gold communications executive Alexey Shchedrin as its chief strategic communications officer. Shchedrin’s role starts effective immediately and he will oversee Ekaterina Ostrova who leads financial communications and investor relations, Maria Starovoyt who is in charge of public relations and Elena Shneyderova who heads communications support for television […]

CTC, MTS and Ailove launch online content competition at MIPCube

Russia’s largest independent broadcaster CTC is launching a transmedia content competition at MIPCube, the digital content segment of the MIPTV market in Cannes. CTC is, in association with telco MTS and agency Ailove, offering €5,000 in development funding to the winner of the Content360 contest. The content will be developed with MTS and CTC. The […]