Russian regulator sees funny side

Adult cartoon channel earns reprieve

MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday.

But authorities have asked it to review its content.

The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition commission unanimously recommended that 2X2 — a Moscow and St. Petersburg terrestrial service owned by billionaire industrialist Vladimir Potanin’s Profmedia group — keep its license, due for renewal mid-October.

Federal TV and radio watchdog body, Rossvyazkomnadzor, which has the last word, is also likely to approve a five-year extension to 2X2’s license.

Sergey Sitnikov, deputy head of Rossvyazkomnadzor, who also chairs the broadcasting competition commission, said: “The federal competitive commission perfectly understands that the decision will satisfy one part of the audience in Moscow and St. Petersburg, but not the other.”

The dispute over the cartoon channel’s content — which has been the subject of dispute over the past year, with various religious groups complaining about alleged violence or offensiveness in cartoons that have included “The Simpsons,” “Happy Tree Friends” and “The Adventures of Big Jeff” — boiled down to one of conflicting tastes, Sitnikov said in comments reported by Russian wire agencies.

The competition commission’s decision was designed to draw a line under the conflict and move forward, Sitnikov said, adding that the channel should reconsider its content to bring it more closely into line with its license conditions, which included TV films and drama series as well as cartoons.

More TV

  • Rihanna France Concert Canceled

    Rihanna to Perform at Grammys With DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

  • Lori Mccreary and Gary Lucchesi PGA

    How Harvey Weinstein Drove the PGA to Combat Sexual Harassment on Set

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

  • Fox Orders Pilots From Lee Daniels,

    Fox Orders Pilots From Lee Daniels and Vali Chandrasekaran, Josh Safran, and Lil Rel

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

  • ABC Logo

    ABC Orders Tim Doyle Comedy Pilot

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

  • TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet

    TV Review: ‘Planet Earth: Blue Planet II’ on BBC America

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

  • Jeff Zucker

    Jeff Zucker Has 'No Interest' In ESPN Job

    MOSCOW — A Russian adult cartoon TV channel that had been threatened with losing its frequency after religious groups complained that episodes of “South Park” and other toons incited religious and national hatred, earned a reprieve late Wednesday. But authorities have asked it to review its content. The Russian federal TV and radio broadcasting competition […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content