Two bidders have emerged for a slot on Russia’s second DTT multiplex vacated by the channel Sport Plus.

Quoting Roskomnadzor, Kommersant reports that – as expected – one is the Gazprom Media owned Pyatnitsa. However, the second is, surprisingly, Channel 8, which is owned by Prime Cinema, which also produces the TV channel Open World and documentaries for the channels NTV and Home.

Sport Plus, also owned Gazprom Media, is being moved to the first multiplex following Gazprom Media’s acquisition of VGTRK’s Rossiya 2.

The second multiplex is still under construction and should be fully up and running by 2019, when it will reach 98% of the population.