Roskomnadzor registers public Crimean Tatar television channel, radio station

Roskomnadzor has registered the public Crimean Tatar television channel Millet (which translates as "People") and the radio station Vatan Sedasy (which translates as "Echo of the motherland"), the press service for the Crimean Information Ministry reported on Aug. 14.

Roskomnadzor has registered the public Crimean Tatar television channel Millet (which translates as "People") and the radio station Vatan Sedasy (which translates as "Echo of the motherland"), the press service for the Crimean Information Ministry reported on Aug. 14.

"The next step for the television channel will be to obtain a license to broadcast on the territory of the Republic Crimea," the press release says.

The Crimean Council of Ministers on July 9 registered an autonomous non-commercial organization called the Public Crimean Tatar Television and Radio Company. Its founder is the State Committee on Ethnic Relations, a government structure.

The work of the television channel and radio station will be supervised by a public council comprising of experts on the history, culture and language of the Crimean Tatar people. The composition of the council will be determined by the head of the Republic of Crimea and council members will be elected for a period of five years, and they will not be able to combine their work with work for the authorities.

Sergei Aksyonov, the head of the Republic of Crimea, said in April 2015 that Crimea will get 177 million rubles ($2.7 million) from federal sources for the creation of public Crimean Tatar television. Public television is being created to replace the audience of the private television and radio company ATR, which is oriented towards the Crimean Tatar audience and which stopped broadcasting in the region in early April after not registering as a Russian media organization.

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