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Kiriyenko warned against shutdown of analog broadcasting before elections in regions in 2019 — Rambler News Service


Photo: globallookpress.com can lead Transition to digital television and disconnection from analog broadcasting before regional elections in 2019 to the fact that voters can lose an opportunity to watch discussions of candidates on air, the First Deputy Chief of the Russian President's Executive Office Sergey Kiriyenko at a seminar in the Russian Academy of Sciences with participation of heads of regional legislative assemblies said. "Here before the beginning spoke with Valentina Ivanovna (Matviyenko, the head of the Council of Federation - RNS) about the decision on transition from analog broadcasting to digital broadcasting. Too very differently the situation looks in regions. Thanks to the government, heard concern of regions and for half a year shifted introduction of this norm which was planned to be entered on January 1. But half a year is very little therefore a request very much to show consideration for it. Especially it will concern elective regions. If broadcasting, several months prior to elections on July 1 is turned off, people when there is an active discussion when, on the contrary, have to have an opportunity to hear, tell and understand the different points of view, will be deprived of such opportunity" — Kiriyenko said. On Tuesday within government hour in the Federation Council Matviyenko criticized process of transition to digital broadcasting. "Discussions weight, but it was necessary to be prepared for it, you understand? To be prepared in advance. The Digital Television program prepares four last years. You had four years to analyse, start volunteers, to count, to estimate how many it is necessary money, to find resources, to realize. And you now after. Therefore … Well, catch up. Will be under strict control of the Federation Council" — said on Tuesday to Matviyenko. Also she reported on overestimate of the prices of Set-top boxes in the Tver region where transition to digital television started. The Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications Konstantin Noskov answered that deal with the problem through distribution of prefixes at more affordable prices through network of offices of Russian Post. In addition, he reported that upon transition with analog to digital broadcasting 1.2 million households will be disconnected from television. Before the Ministry of Telecom and Mass Communications approved the plan of stage-by-stage shutdown of analog TV and radio broadcasting in territorial subjects of the Russian Federation, it was noted on the website of the ministry. Shutdown will take place from January to June, 2019.

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