National Media Group

Russian streamers to merge

Russia’s National Media Group and telco Rostelecom are to merge their streaming services and Wink under the Wink brand. The pair will create a streaming joint venture to house what they claim will be a leading Russian streaming offering. Rostelecom will be the majority shareholders with a 70% stake in the combined company with […]

US imposes sanctions on National Media Group chair Kabaeva

The US, along with the EU and UK, has imposed sanctions on the chair of Russia’s National Media Group (NMG), Alina Kabaeva. Kabaeva, a former Olympic gymnast, is widely believed to be in a long-term relationship with Russian president Vladimir Putin, although the latter has denied they are romantically involved. She was previously a member […]

Broadcasters take forward ‘Russian Hulu’ plan with new OTT TV platform

Russian broadcaster CTC Media and the country’s largest media holding company, National Media Group, are to create a single joint online TV platform, More.TV. The pair will create the new platform as a virtual TV and video-on-demand operator, offering a distribution network for streamed TV channels and popular Russian and international content that will be […]

Sony agrees Russian joint venture with National Media Group

Russian media holding company National Media Group (NMG) has set up a joint venture with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) to operate the latter’s pay TV channels in Russia. According to a statement published by NMG, it has acquired an 80% stake of a company-operator that broadcasts Sony’s package of three pay channels in Russia. The partnership will […]

National Media Group completes deal for 80% of Viasat Russia

Russia’s National Media Group has completed a deal with Viasat World – the new brand for Modern Times Group’s international pay TV channels operation – to form a joint venture in which it will take majority control to distribute Viasat’s channels in the country. National Media Group will own an 80% stake in the JV, […]

Discovery forms alliance for Russian distribution

Discovery Communications will continue to distribute its pay TV portfolio in Russia and will develop a regional free-to-air channel, thanks to a new alliance that keeps it in line with new media laws. Discovery has signed an agreement with Russia’s National Media Group to form a new limited liability company, called Media Alliance, which will distribute […]

RTL plans Russia exit

European broadcast giant RTL Group is planning to exit the Russian market after reportedly failing to gain control of leading channel operator National Media Group. Last week, RTL revealed it was exercising a put option to sell the 7.5% stake it owns in NMG. The value of the stake was €81 milion, RTL added. Yesterday, […]