RENEWAL OF RUSSIAN TV BROADCASTING LICENCE
Modern Times Group MTG AB, the international media group, today
announced that the Russian Press Ministry has renewed DTV’s terrestrial
TV broadcasting licence in Russia, following a tender process.
DTV is broadcast to 298 cities across Russia, covering a potential
audience of 42 million people in Europe’s largest television market by
number of viewers. MTG acquired 75% of Darial TV in April 2001 and has
successfully turned the company around both operationally and
financially, and re-branded the channel as DTV.
MTG is also the largest shareholder in StoryFirst Communications, Inc.,
majority owner of Russia’s second largest commercial television
broadcasting network and operator of six Russian radio stations.
StoryFirst’s CTC TV channel reaches 75 million people in Russia and had
a 9.2% commercial share of viewing amongst 18-49 year olds in the fourth
quarter of 2002. StoryFirst’s net sales growth more than doubled year on
year in 2002.
The Russian TV advertising market is reported to have grown by 76% in
2002 to US$ 900 million and the total advertising market is forecast to
grow by a further 50% in 2003.
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President and CEO of MTG, commented: “As expected,
this is great news for both DTV and our other investments in Russia. DTV
has continued to develop strongly, both in terms of viewership and
advertising sales. Russia is a very exciting market with enormous
potential and is growing at a tremendous rate”.
For further information, please visit www.mtg.se, email email@example.com, or
Hans-Holger Albrecht, President & CEO tel: +46 (0) 8 562 000 50
Matthew Hooper, Investor & Press Enquiries tel: +44 (0) 20 7321 5010
Modern Times Group is a leading vertically integrated media group with
broadcasting, production, publishing and media services businesses,
operating in more than 30 countries around the world. MTG is the largest
Free-and Pay- TV operator in the Nordic & Baltic region, and also has
Free-TV operations in Russia and Hungary. MTG is the largest commercial
radio broadcaster in Northern Europe, the global market leader in DVD
subtitling and dubbing, and a leading international Reality-TV
MTG’s ‘A’ and ‘B’ shares are traded on the Stockholmsbörsen ‘O-list’ and
its ‘B’ share ADRs are listed on Nasdaq.
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