Irina Gofman

MTG World channels rebranded

The MTG World portfolio of channels has been rebranded Viasat World. The Viasat World bouquet comprises 27 pay TV channels across 47 territories. The channels group was a subsidiary of Sweden-listed broadcaster Modern Times Group before being sold late last year for US$45.5 million amid regulatory changes that forced MTG to offload some assets. Russian […]

MTG sells Russian, int’l channels for $45.5m

Modern Times Group has completed the sale of its Russian and international pay TV channel businesses for a total of US$45.5 million. Russian company LLC Sinerdzhi has acquired the Russian channels business while Sabiero Holdings Limited, a subsidiary of private equity firm Baring Vostok, has acquired MTG’s international channels business. The deal, which is a […]

MTG chiefs quit CTC Media board

Modern Times Group’s CEO Jørgen Madsen Lindemann and CFO Mathias Hermansson have left the board of Russian commercial broadcaster CTC Media. The news comes as MTG mulls its options in Russia ahead of the imposition of new rules drastically restricting the scope of foreign ownership of media assets. Lindemann has additionally resigned as co-chairman of […]

MTG closing Russian net, launching HD services

Russian pay TV operator Raduga TV, in which Modern Times Group (MTG) holds a 50% stake, is to close down on December 5. The operator has been forced to shut down following its failure to secure a required broadcasting licence from the local media regulator. MTG said it would continue to enhance the content and […]

MTG launches movie channel in Israel

The Modern Times Group has launched a Russian-language movie channel in Israel. The TV1000 channel rolled out yesterday (June 15) on the Yes satellite pay TV platform. Yes is carrying TV1000 on its Super Premium package as well as its TV everywhere service yesGo and the pay TV operator’s video-on-demand service. The channel, targeting Israel’s […]

MTG launches in Turkey

Modern Times Group is launching a raft of its pay TV channels in Turkey for the first time. From January 1 MTG’s factual channels Viasat History HD, Viasat Nature HD and Viasat Explorer will be available on Türksat’s Teledünya cable platform. The move follows a multi-year deal between MTG and the Turkish pay TV provider. […]

Viasat slam dunks NBA deal

MTG’s Nordic pay TV broadcaster Viasat has signed a deal with US basketball association the NBA to bring matches to Russia, the CIS and Georgia. The Viasat Sport East channel will broadcast up to five regular season games each week along with major NBA events including the NBA All-Star, the complete Eastern and Western Conference […]