TS News - RTR To Operate New Channel

TELE-satellit News, 28 August 1997

RTR To Operate New Channel
  MOSCOW, Russia, 97/08/28 (RFE/RL) -- Yeltsin on 25 August signed a decree
awarding state-owned Russian Television (RTR) the right to operate a new
nationwide television network, RFE/RL's Moscow bureau reported. Under the
decree, the head of the new network, called Kultura, will be appointed and
dismissed directly by the president (as is the chairman of RTR). Kultura
will essentially be a division of RTR and will produce its largely cultural
programs in Moscow. It will start broadcasting nationwide on 1 November,
except in the city of St. Petersburg and in Leningrad Oblast, where it will
broadcast for at least three hours a day on the wavelength currently used
by the state-run network St. Petersburg Channel 5. Under the decree,
Channel 5 will be reorganized into a joint-stock company to be 51 percent
controlled by St. Petersburg city authorities.

  Source: Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Newsline

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