Russian opposition to launch online TV channelJune 15th, 2012 - 9:04 am ICT by IANS
Moscow, June 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The Russian opposition intends to set up an online television channel featuring political content as an alternative to the state-controlled channels.
According to the Izvestia daily, reporters from federal channels have shown interest in the project, expected to go on air later this year.
“Our stake will be on good content quality and the picture - this is the way to win people’s sympathies, which will determine the funding of the project,” said opposition leader and Duma deputy Dmitry Gudkov.
“They will be able to identify the topics and vote for anchors.”
Gudkov said the channel would cost 100 million rubles a month to run.
“I think there will be a million people in our country who are ready to chip in 100 rubles each a month for independent and unbiased television,” he said.
Although the programmes will be available only online, they will be covered by free copyright, which means any federal or regional channel will be able to use the content.
“There is a group of professionals who have either been fired or they cannot stand what is happening on the federal channels,” Gudkov said.
Journalist Andrei Loshak said: “The people are fed up with entertainment programmes, propaganda and senseless trash. And I think there is a demand for sharp political satire, and politicized or pressing social content.”
Ruslan Gattarov of the ruling United Russia party, however, expressed skepticism about the television idea.
“The idea sounds great but it has to be real hard work rather than sheer PR, which is why I am afraid it might all remain only on paper,” he said.
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