Russia’s Duma passes first stage of controversial cable TV monitoring bill

Russia’s parliament, the Duma, has passed the first reading of a controversial bill that would give the state regulator, the Roskomnadzor, unprecedented means to control the output of cable TV channels broadcast in the country. The bill, sponsored by deputies from the ruling United Russia party, would see cable operators force to install equipment in […]

CNN wins Russian licence

Russian media and communications regulator Roskomnadzor has granted Turner Broadcasting’s CNN channel a licence to broadcast in Russia. The move will allow Turner to relaunch the news channel in the Russian market, following its withdrawal at the end of last year. CNN had previously broadcast in Russia through satellite pay TV operator NTV+’s broadcast licence. […]

CNN granted new Russian licence

Russian media regulator Roskomnadzor has reportedly approved US news channel CNN’s application for a new broadcast licence. According to reports by the Moscow Times and RBC news agency, the move paves the way for CNN to return to the Russian airwaves after it ceased broadcasting in the country in December. CNN cut its Russian presence after the […]

CNN applies for new Russian licence

CNN 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 […]

Russia’s Raduga TV to close down

Russian pay TV operator Raduga TV, in which Modern Times Group (MTG) holds a 50% stake, is to close down on December 5. The operator has been forced to shut down following its failure to secure a required broadcasting licence from the local media regulator. MTG said it would continue to enhance the content and […]

Tricolor TV in running for new capacity at 75° East

Russian DTH leader Tricolor TV has reportedly applied for licences to operate transponders on Asia Broadcast Satellite’s new ABS-2 satellite at 75° East. The Russian regulator, the Roskomnadzor, has opened applications for licences to broadcast via nine transponders and four transponders with fees to be paid to it of RUB90 million (€1.8 million) and RUB40 […]

Regulator throws lifeline to Raduga TV

Russian satellite pay TV operator Raduga TV has been granted two licences to operate new channels by the country’s media regulator the Roskomnadzor. The operator has been granted licences to operate Raduga 24 and Otbornoye TV (Choice TV). The move will enable Raduga TV to apply for a universal broadcasting licence, the lack of which […]

Dozhd under siege as prosecutors open investigation

Russian prosecutors have reportedly opened an investigation into whether independent TV channel Dozhd broke the country’s laws by posting a survey on whether lives could have been saved if Leningrad – now St Petersburg – had surrendered to Axis forces during World War II instead of withstanding its costly three-year siege. Dozhd apologized for any […]

MTG denies reports it is in talks to sell Russian pay TV stake

Modern Times Group (MTG) has denied reports it is in talks to sell its stake in beleaguered Russian DTH pay TV platform Raduga TV. According to the ITAR-TASS news agency, MTG is in talks to sell its 50% stake in the operator to one of rival operators Tricolor TV or Orion Express. However, a spokesman […]

Russia’s Raduga TV referred for operating without a licence

Russian DTH service Raduga TV has been referred to the country’s ministry of justice for operating without a valid licence, after action was taken by regulator Roskomnadzor.  Raduga TV, a joint venture between Modern Times Group and Continental Multimedia, was fined RUB40,000 (€895) for operating without a licence in October, but appealed. However, he regulator […]