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Russia: CNN approved by Russian regulators

 |  February 26, 2015

Russia’s state media regulator has approved U.S. news giant CNN’s application for a broadcast license, bringing the cable broadcaster back to Russia less than two months after it left the market following the introduction of a tough new media advertising law.

CNN will receive the broadcast license in the near future, state media watchdog Roskomnadzor press secretary, Vadim Ampelonsky, told news agency RBC on Thursday. A CNN representative contacted by the Moscow Times said that the news service had no comment at the time but that they have a “commitment to a long-term presence in Russia.”

The bill’s authors said that the measure was intended to help level competition between pay channels and free-to-watch broadcast channels — a move roundly criticized by cable channel executives, who pointed out that state channels dominate the airwaves reported CNN.


Full Content: The Moscow Times


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