The Russian press has restarted a debate about the ownership of Tricolor TV, the country’s leading DTH platform.

According to Kommersant and Comnews, Andrey Tkachenko, the president of the GS Group, has been named as the chairman of the board of director of the National Satellite Company (NSK), the operator of Tricolor TV.

GS Group is a major supplier of reception equipment to Tricolor TV and market participants have long believed Andrey Tkachenko to be one of the platform’s owners.

However, this was and continues to be denied by GS Group.

Meanwhile, NSK maintain the platform is owned by physical persons and VTB Capital.

Tricolor TV is Russia’s leading provider of pay-TV services, with a market share of around 29%.