MOSCOW, June 14 (Itar-Tass) — Opposition activists plan to launch a pilot project to set up an independent television channel on the Internet.
State Duma lawmaker Gennady Gudkov from A Just Russia faction said on Thursday consultations were underway between the organizers and interested journalists over the pilot project. The funds have already been raised.
"We're trying to understand what content might be in demand with Internet users," Gudkov said, "we'll try and launch the program by September. If it is popular, we'll suggest people fund a number of television projects through webmoney payment system."
He did not rule out that the channel might operate round-the-clock in the near future. Moreover, the organizers envisioned the so-called free copyright. "We'll place our products on one of these websites from which any television channel will be able to download them and place in its programs for free," the lawmaker told Echo of Moscow radio.
Gudkov said "if the project is successful, it will bring together the best journalists who will work independently from any political associations and groups of influence."
Viewers will be able to bring forward their proposals regarding the new channel's announcers, themes and formats of programs.