Public TV to broadcast via cable in first year, join First Multiplex in 2014

Public Television of Russia (OTR) has already signed an agreement with cable networks through which it plans to broadcast its programming in 2013, OTR chief executive Anatoly Lysenko said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta published on Tuesday.

"We don't need the frequencies of either Kultura or Zvezda. According to a presidential resolution, we will become part of the First Multiplex, but we'll have to hang on somehow for a year. So as not to wait for happiness to come to us, we have already signed agreements with cable networks. Virtually all of them. We'll be part of NTV Plus, Akado, Tricolor," Lysenko said.

He said that the channel will thus be available to about three quarters of the country's households. "I think that for the first year this is very good," Lysenko added.

He said the channel would obviously not be able to broadcast round-the-clock. "We have currently developed a six-hour technology: We will broadcast a six-hour block and it will be repeated four times a day, taking into account that we are going into orbit. You know that this is figure is laughable," Lysenko said.

He said OTR will be located at the Ostankino TV center in Moscow, in the Olympic complex, on the fourth and fifth floors in two studios of 120-150 square meters each.

"Quite alright. Not great, but livable. All communications have already been put in. OTR will pay rent at the minimum price to the Federal Property Agency," Lysenko said.

He also said that right now there is an understanding that OTR will begin broadcasting in May 2013.

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