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CTC Media Gains Russian Digital TV Licenses Along With Usmanov

CTC Media, OAO Gazprom and channels owned by billionaires Alisher Usmanov and Yuri Kovalchuk won Russian digital television licenses as the country starts to switch to the new technology.

CTC Media won licenses for its Domashny and CTC channel, while Gazprom got them for its channels TNT and Sport NTV+, Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, the country’s telecommunication and mass-media regulator, told reporters in Moscow today. Billionaire Yuri Kovalchuk’s Ren TV and billionaire Alisher Usmanov’s Muz TV also obtained licenses.