April 15, 2001 |
Management insisted that it was a normal, "very orderly" corporate takeover. But journalists who resigned en masse Saturday from Russia's NTV network saw the change at the top as a naked power play by the Kremlin to muzzle the country's most outspoken news broadcaster. After months of legal wrangling, the state-run utility giant Gazprom finally got control of Russia's only private nationwide television network.
April 14, 2001 |
The self-proclaimed new managers of NTV, Russia's only nationwide independent television network, today changed the security guards, fired journalists who rejected their authority and took the station off the air in the midst of the morning news broadcast. The first real sign of the impact of the seizure of NTV's airwaves came at 8:06 a.m., when anchor Andrei Norkin was cut off in midsentence as he attempted to explain what had happened when the new managers arrived.
April 7, 2001 |
Talks about the future of Russia's only independent nationwide television network crumbled as representatives of the state-run gas company Gazprom rejected a proposal to ask the Supreme Court to determine the legitimacy of its takeover of NTV. NTV insists that Gazprom--the largest shareholder--illegally put its loyalists on the network's board, and its journalists have refused to work for the new leadership.
April 6, 2001 |
The new chairman of Russia's only independent TV network faced down angry journalists Thursday, dismissing their fears that he might undermine media freedom and insisting that his only goal is to turn a profit. "You can't charge a person with a crime that he hasn't yet committed," said Alfred Kokh, who orchestrated the hostile takeover of Russia's combative NTV network earlier this week. "We haven't quashed freedom of speech, and we don't plan to do so."
April 5, 2001 |
Americans lined up on both sides of the fight over media freedom in Russia on Wednesday, with Ted Turner confirming an offer to buy a significant stake in the maverick NTV network, while a Los Angeles investment firm acknowledged playing a critical role in giving majority control to Kremlin loyalists. The decisions mean that the fate of NTV, whose exposes and critical war reporting have irked Russian President Vladimir V.
April 4, 2001 |
The standoff between the Kremlin and Russia's only independent national television network reached a crisis point Tuesday when creditors tried to seize control of the network by replacing its top executives with Kremlin loyalists--one of them an American banker. The action, which took place at a shareholders meeting of questionable legality, was perhaps the decisive strike against NTV, whose pugnacious programming has deeply irritated the Kremlin.