New Russian all-news channel promised
October 15, 2012
By Chris Forrester
Russia’s international radio and TV company Mir says it will launch an all-news channels no later than that January 1st. The company’s head Radik Batyrshin said: “We are broadcasting now in a test mode,” he told a news conference in Moscow on October 11th. Mir 24 will include satellite transmission, he added.
Speaking about the contents of the new channel, Batyrshin said that it would air news bulletins every 30 minutes. “The channel will also be showing documentaries and live broadcast of major political events. We will be talking about what may be interesting for ordinary people and trying to explain how are our neighbours doing, probably including information about prices of flats, bread and potato in their countries,” Batyrshin was quoted as saying.
Mir TV is an international Russian-language channel that is funded by a number of former Soviet countries, including Russia. It broadcasts regular news bulletins covering events across the CIS.