Medvedev pledges digital broadcasting in Russia by 2015

President Dmitry Medvedev said Wednesday that Russia would switch to digital broadcasting by 2015. “Huge funds - federal and commercial - have been allocated for that,” Medvedev told a European and Asian media forum in Moscow. The president said it would be good to synchronize the process within the Commonwealth of Independent States.

The first package of Russia’s digital broadcasters comprises eight TV channels and three radio stations. Work to activate a second package of digital channels reportedly would be finished in the near future.

Speaking to an audience of international journalists, Mr Medvedev also called for maintaining a permanently unbiased dialogue between European and Asian media. He said journalists must follow their mission by reporting the truth. “A journalist’s main responsibility is to speak the truth. But how you do it depends on you,” he said.

The fourth European and Asian media forum on Dec. 9-10, organized by Russia’s state-run news agency RIA Novosti, brought together members of about 150 media outlets from 14 countries.