NTV’s director general Vladimir Kulistikov is set to leave after 10 years in the post.

Although not officially confirmed, his departure is being reported widely in the Russian press, citing several sources.

According to Kommersant, Kulistikov’s contract expires at the beginning of next year and he has decided not to stay on due to health reasons.

However, he is likely to be offered an “honourable position” at Gazprom Media, NTV’s owner, or in another large holding “for his services to the management of the TV channel (NTV) and the state”.

Kulistikov first joined NTV in 1996 but left four years later. He left again in 2002 to join RTR, only to return to NTV in 2004.

NTV is one of the leading commercial channels in Russia and Gazprom Media’s other interests include the DTH platform NTV-Plus.