Dozhd

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Natalya Sindeyeva, the founder and owner of Dozhd
Natalya Sindeyeva, Mikhail Zygar and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in main Dozhd studio
Dmitry Medvedev with editor-in-chief Mikhail Zygar (left) and other journalists.

Dozhd (Дождь, meaning "Rain", also known as Dozhd - (The) Optimistic Channel) is a Russian independent television channel. It is owned by Natalya Sindeyeva.[1][2] Dozhd focuses on news, discussions, culture, politics, business reports, and documentaries.[3] The channel's motto is "talk about important things with those who are important to us". Most of the Dozhd shows are live broadcasts.

Programs and presenters[edit]

Presenters[edit]

  • Here and now (news) - Mikhail Zygar, Tikhon Dzyadko, Tatyana Arno, Dmitry Kaznin, Lika Kremer, Pavel Lobkov, Anna Mongait, Mariya Makeeva and others
  • Kozyrev online - Mikail Kozyrev
  • Hard Day’s Night (interviews) - Tikhon Dzyadko
  • Sobchak - Kseniya Sobchak
  • And so on - Mikhail Fishman, former editor-in-chef of Russian Newsweek

Former programs[edit]

2011 Russian protests[edit]

Dozhd was one of the first channels in Russia to openly cover the 2011 Russian protests against the alleged rigging of the parliamentary elections.[1] By 10 December, it was showing a white ribbon, a symbol of the protests, by its on-screen logo. The station's owner, Sindeyeva, explained this as being a sign of "sincerity", rather than "propaganda", and an attempt to be "mediators" instead of simply journalists.[1]

Repercussions[edit]

On 9 December 2011, Dozhd was asked to provide copies of its coverage of the protests to check if it had abided by Russian media laws.[4] President Dmitry Medvedev was also noticed to have unfollowed Dozhd on Twitter. However, the channel was the first mass media outlet that he had chosen to follow on Twitter, according to an RIA Novosti report.[4]

Leningrad scandal in 2014[edit]

On 26 January 2014, Dozhd ran a survey on its website and in live "Dilettants" discussing program asking viewers if Leningrad should have been surrendered to the invading Nazi army in order to save hundreds of thousands of lives (presenters cited Viktor Astafyev and compared it with 1812 Capture of empty Moscow). In 30 minutes, Dozhd removed the poll and apologized for incorrect wording. The following days Dozhd was criticized by politicians, activists, State Duma members and Valentina Matvienko[5][6] for an online poll on the Leningrad siege of World War II. Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin's press secretary, also criticized the channel[7] and said that they violated "more than a law".[8] Yuri Pripachkin, President of the Cable Television Association of Russia (AKTR), said that he wants "to take functions of censoring".[9] In a resolution backed by St. Petersburg legislature’s deputies, Prosecutor General Yury Chaika is requested to “conduct an investigation into provocative material posted on the website of the Dozhd television channel … and take appropriate measures, including shutting down the channel.”[10] On 29 January, the largest Russian TV providers disconnected the channel.[6]

Availability[edit]

Dozhd Website [11] provides live broadcasting and archived programs.

Viewers in Russia can receive the channel as a part of the NTV Plus basic package, Kontinent TV free package, Beeline TV, or Tricolor TV Optimum package.

Since March 2013 the channel is available in Israel as part of basic package of the Yes Israel satellite television provider.

On satellite Horizons-2, the Dozhd channel is available in HD with the following parameters:

  • Position: 85 degrees east longitude
  • Frequency: 12160 MHz
  • Polarization: Horizontal
  • Symbol rate: 28800
  • Satellite standard: DVB-S2 / MPEG4
  • Modulation: 8PSK
  • FEC: 3/5
  • SID: 601

Key people[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]