Russian TV shuffles exex

Kravchenko, others join Center TV

Russia’s Center TV has made some surprising changes in its governing body.

One of the new faces is Leonid Kravchenko, who helmed Soviet monolith giant Ostankino from the end of the ’80s through the early ’90s. Kravchenko was the man, as local press have been quick to point out, who effectively blacked out news reporting during the country’s 1991 coup attempt when he broadcast “Swan Lake” instead.

Other changes see Center TV’s chief programmer Stanislav Arkhipov coming on board, as well as Mosfilm studio chief Karen Shakhnazarov. Nationally popular comedian and satirist Gennady Khazanov is also on board. Center TV is owned by the Moscow city government.

On the financial front, the influence of one group, AFK Systems, looks likely to consolidate at Center TV, which has shown itself a big spender on the acquisitions front over the past 18 months.

AFK’s Vladimir Yevtuskhenkov was elected as board chairman and is joined by colleague Vyacheslav Kopyev, a newcomer to the channel.

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