Zvezda (TV channel)
|Launched||16 May 2005 (began broadcasting on 20 February 2005)|
|Owned by||Russian Ministry of Defence (through Zvezda Armed Forces Teleradio Company)|
|Picture format||576i (SDTV) 16:9|
|Russian-wide broadcast||Channel 17 (DVB-T2)|
|NTV Plus (Russia)||-|
|Channel Zvezda internet broadcast||https://m.tvzvezda.ru/schedule/|
Zvezda (Russian: всероссийский государственный вещательный телеканал «Звезда», IPA: [zvʲɪˈzda] (listen), lit. The Star) is a Russian state-owned nationwide TV network run by the Russian Ministry of Defence. As of January 2008, Zvezda's CEO was Grigory Krichevsky, previously known for his work on Vladimir Gusinsky's NTV Channel in the late 1990s.
In 1998 Central Television and Radio Studio of the Russian Ministry of Defense wins the tender to broadcast the channel in the competition. On July 17, 2000 Zvezda channel is a licensed for broadcasting. On September 2001 broadcasting had yet started, while received a warning from the Ministry of Communications and Mass Media for a two-week period of correction.
On February 20, 2005 Zvezda channel first began broadcasting on 57th UHF channel in Moscow. Feature of the channel is to show programs on patriotic themes: information and analytical programs, as well as Russian movies. On the first day of broadcasting channel aired a documentary about firefighters, to May 16, 2005 broadcast was limited to the evening. On May 16, 2005 the channel goes to broadcast around the clock. In 2006 Zvezda is for the first time broadcasting in all of Russia. 2007 channel audience grew further, as it was included in the package of NTV+. Since 2009 Zvezda is a federal status channel. On 14 December 2012 the channel entered into the second digital television multiplex. In this case, the channel had only one position for the competition.
"Zvezda" describes itself as "patriotic" and is considered one of the most sensational and anti-Western news channels in Russia. It has a reputation for publishing biased news stories which favor the Russian government. It has published a number of fake, biased and controversial news articles in the past, for example:
- Nine nuns in a Milano monastery were raped by refugees
- Nazi zombies are fighting in the Ukrainian army in Donbass
- Europe's intention is to replace Ukraine's population with refugees
- The visa-free regime with the EU will turn Ukraine into an gay-colony of the West
- Ukraine is providing weapons and chemical weapons to the terrorists the Middle East
- Finnish military provocations started the Winter War
- Czechoslovakia should be grateful for 1968. After this publication caused significant controversy in Czech Republic, Dmitry Medvedev disavowed himself from the article, saying it's not reflecting the official Russian statement expressed in 1993 or 2006
- Extreme right gathering in Prague, that was estimated by local media from few hundreds to maximum 2000 people was described by Zvezda as anti-EU demonstration of 25 thousand people
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- Ilta-Sanomat: Russian TV channel falsifies history, Retrieved August 1st 2017.
- "Zemana naštval článek o roku 1968 na ruském webu, hodlá se ohradit". EuroZprávy.cz (in Czech). 21 November 2017.
- "Medveděv: Článek na armádním webu neodráží stanovisko Ruska". TÝDEN.cz (in Czech). 22 November 2017.
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 30, 2007. Retrieved March 20, 2008.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)