25 July 2005 07:03
Orthodox Christian TV to begin satellite broadcasts in Russia
The Orthodox public television channel SPAS [Saviour] will begin its broadcasts on 28 July, the channel's press office has told Interfax.
Orthodox subjects will take up 40 per cent of the airtime, the press office said, with public-service broadcasting accounting for 60 per cent.
"We stress the word 'public'. Programmes can be made to be Orthodox in substance, not only in form," the press office quoted the channel's editor-in-chief Ivan Demidov as saying.
A spokesman said presenters on the channel will include Natalya Narochnitskaya, a State Duma member who holds a doctorate in history, Metropolitan of Kaliningrad and Smolensk Kirill and Aleksandr Dugin, a philosopher who holds a doctorate in political science.
Initially, the new TV channel, which is being funded by private investors, will broadcast via satellite and will be available in the basic NTV Plyus package.
Source: Interfax news agency, Moscow
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