MTG restates Raduga TV position

January 14, 2014 05.32 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

mtg-logo-landscapeModern Times Group (MTG) has issued a response to the controversy surrounding the Russian DTH platform Raduga TV, in which it holds a 50% stake.

In a statement supplied to Broadband TV News, Per Lorenz, group head of PR, MTG, said: “As before, our view is that Raduga have been in compliance with regulations all along. Raduga is working hard on resolving the regulatory issue with Roskomnadzor, and have submitted two additional applications for universal channel licences in December.”

In November, Roskomnadzor announced that Raduga TV was operating without a licence and there were “substantial grounds” for initiating criminal proceedings against it.

Reports then appeared to suggest that MTG was in talks the sell its stake in the platform, though these were strongly denied by the company.

Late last week the Russian media reported that Roskomnadzor wanted Russian broadcasters to stop distributing their channels on Raduga TV as the platform did not have the relevant licence.