posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 02:19 AM
Russia pulls plug on 'last independent TV show'
Moscow (AFP) - A programme seen as Russia's last independent show on mainstream television has been taken off the air amid an upsurge in
anti-Western rhetoric, in a move condemned by Kremlin critics.
Ren TV's weekly analytical programme hosted by one of Russia's best known anchors, Marianna Maximovskaya, has been abruptly cancelled, said
journalists on the show launched in 2003.
"The programme has been cancelled by the management of the channel," one of the journalists, Roman Super, told AFP.
"Staff had not expected this and learnt about this together with everyone one else yesterday. What will happen next we -- employees on the show -- do
not know," he said in written comments.
"The reasons for shutting down the programme are so obvious that they do not need to be commented upon."
Another staffer, Elena Vorotilova, simply wrote on Facebook: "Looking for a job."
The channel, which describes the show "as the bravest programme", was not available for comment on Saturday.
Most importantly now - Emphasis below added by me.
All major television channels in Russia are state-controlled and closely toe the Kremlin line.
Ren TV is the country's last nationwide TV network with largely independent news programming, and the analytical show "Nedelya with Marianna
Maximovskaya" (Week with Marianna Maximovskaya) was seen as one of the channel's gems.
Among colleagues Maximovskaya, 44, has long been seen as the odd one out, regularly interviewing Kremlin critics including former tycoon Mikhail
Khodorkovsky, whom she spoke to in Berlin upon his sudden release from a Russian prison late last year.
Together with Internet TV channel Dozhd, the Echo of Moscow radio station and a handful of newspapers, Ren TV has been seen as a safety valve giving
Kremlin critics an opportunity to vent their frustration with the authorities.
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So thats it.. No more privately owned tv channels / networks in Russia. They are all now owned and operated / dictated to by the Kremlin.
It's so nice to see Putin pushing Russia back into a time period where they lost the cold war and their government collapsed.
Now, about those Pro Russians who keep maintaining there is no censorship in Russian media and that the networks are not state controlled or dictated
to by the Kremlin.
It certainly undermines the message Russian media puts out about Ukraine and should make Russians question whats actually occurring there.
I think it is now safe to assume that anything Russian media reports on should be called into question before accepting it since it is now obvious
they have no interest in the truth. Russian media can no longer be trusted.
* - 93,000 media outlets
* - 27,000 newspapers and magazines
* - 330 television channels.
To our Pro Russian friends - what say you?
edit on 3-8-2014 by Xcathdra because: (no reason given)