The MTG-backed Russian broadcaster CTC Media has made a number of staff changes.

They see Elmira Makhmutova become the head of CTC Channel, effective January 1 next year, replacing Viacheslav Murugov, who will continue to serve an advisor to the company’s CEO.

Murugov, who is currently chief content officer of CTC Media and head of CTC Channel, will become the head of a new production company specialising in multiformat content and the most popular types of entertainment programming on January 1.

Commenting on the changes, Yuliana Slashcheva, CEO of CTC Media: “I am grateful to Viacheslav for his ten years of brilliant work for CTC Media and especially for the last 18 months of our cooperation, and I am convinced that his achievements as the head and co-owner of a new production house will be equally impressive. Viacheslav has done a great deal for the CTC Channel, serving as its head and the person who has inspired the team for many years. As our chief content officer, Viacheslav has created some of most successful CTC projects. Our cooperation will continue, as our audience wants new high-quality Russian content, and Viacheslav is one of the strongest producers in the business.”