Tricolor TV reportedly in NTV+ merger talks

Leading Russian commercial pay TV platform Tricolor TV is in talks focusing on a possible part-acquisition by state-owned energy giant Gazprom and a merger with Gazprom-owned NTV+, according to local reports. According to, a deal could see Tricolor TV absorb NTV+ and bring on Gazprom Media Holding as a shareholder as part of a […]

New free-to-air sports channel to launch in Russia

Match TV, a new free-to-air Russian sports channel from NTV-owner Gazprom, is due to go live at the weekend, following a launch event yesterday in Moscow. The 24-hour network is designed to “bring sports closer to the general public, broaden the audiences’ understanding of sports as a core feature of human life, help them understand […]

iSAT Africa signs capacity deal with Gazprom Space Systems

Satellite service provider iSAT Africa has signed a network capacity deal with Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems for the Democratic Republic of Congo and Central Africa. The deal, which was announced at the East Africa Com conference in Kenya, will see iSAT Africa use capacity on the southern beam of Gazprom’s Yamal-402 satellite, which […]

Gazprom moves ahead with satellite launch plan

Russian satellite operator Gazprom Space Systems envisages launching its next two new satellites – Yamal-401 and Yamal-601, in 2013 and 2015 respectively, according to local reports. Gazprom Space Systems general designed Nikolai Sevastyanov told the Interfax-AVN news service that the current plan called for the launch of Yamal-401 this year, with the launch of Yamal-601 […]