Problems mount for Russian stations

By Chris Dziadul
October 20, 2009

Two of Russia’s leading TV stations are reported to be in serious difficulties.

According to Ekho Moskva, staff at Petersburg-Fifth Channel have appealed directly to President Medvedev and Prime Minster Putin to save the station from closure.

Furthermore, Kommersant says that both Petersburg-Fifth Channel and Ren-TV are to have their news programming produced by Russia Today from next year.

The two stations have until now pursued a relatively independent news policy, which now appears to be under threat.

They are backed by the National Media Group (NMG), with Ren-TV also listing RTL Group as a shareholder.