Pro-government Crimean Millet TV Channel, which started test broadcasting on September 1, plans to open a network of correspondent offices in Ukraine, Turkey, Romania and the European Union, reports RIA Novosti citing Zaur Smirnov, Chairman of the State Committee for International Relations and Deported Citizens of the Republic of Crimea.
- Currently the next year's television budget is set, and we are counting the expanses on the financing and maintaining of correspondent offices, including those that are beyond Russian Federation, said Smirnov. Earlier on, it was reported that one of the bureaus would be opened in Moscow, and now the TV Channel has intentions to open a channel bureaus in Crimean Tatar diasporas in Turkey, Romania, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, as well as one of the countries of the European Union.
- Romania confirmed that it would help to find an office and to establish communication with the local community. Now we are waiting for official confirmation from Kiev, says Smirnov.
Earlier on, Serhiy Kostinsky, Adviser to the Minister of Information Policy of Ukraine, said that since the Crimean occupational authorities’ wanted to open an office of Millet TV channel in Crimea, the IPI (International Press Institute) is preparing an alarm letter to the National Council on Television and Radio Broadcasting of Ukraine.
- In case violations of the Ukrainian legislation are found, the TV channel may be denied inclusion in packets of the Ukrainian cable TV operators, said Kostinsky.
Just a reminder: as of April 1, in the Crimea stopped broadcasting Crimean Tatar ATR TV Channel, Lala TV Channel, Meydan radio, QHA news agency and Avdet newspaper stopped airing. Roskomnadzor ( Russian Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media ) denied their re-registration under various flimsy reasons. The ATR TV Channel was sent back its re-registration documents for several times for various reasons.
By decision of the Crimean authorities, the Crimea Tatar Public TV and Radio Company, which includes Millet TV Channel and Vatan sedasy radio was established on June 9, 2015.
RUB 177 million has been earmarked from the federal budget for the technical equipment of these media.