Topper vows to keep station's political independence

MOSCOW — Nikolai Senkevich, the son of respected TV journalist Yury Senkevich has taken over the top job at commercial station NTV from U.S.-born banker Boris Jordan, who quit Tuesday.

Jordan was ousted as director general of parent company Gazprom Media on Jan. 17.

The news, which surprised media observors in Russia, ends a week of uncertainty at the station. Insiders claim Jordan was sacked after NTV was critical of the way authorities handled October’s Moscow theater seige.

Senkevich, 34, who trained as a doctor and worked in Gazprom’s information department, has vowed to keep the station’s political independence.

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