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MOSCOW, November 21 (Itar-Tass) — Twelve TV channels have already filed applications to join a 2nd digital multiplex (package) of digital televison channels, Alexander Zharov, Director of Roskomnadzor (Federal Supervision Service for Communications), told the Dozhd (rain) television channel in a live broadcast on Tuesday.
"As of now, 12 applications have been filed for ten positions. This signifies that there will be competition in this respect," Zharov said. Sseveral other applications may be filed on Wednesday, the deadline for the receipt of applications. "I have all grounds to believe that another four to five applications will be forthcoming Wednesday," he pointed out.
Television channels which will be given the right to operate in the second multiplex are to be determined during a Dec 14 contest. According to contest conditions, each TV channel must broadcast round the clock and every day. The broadcast concept must be free and the ratio of domestic production programmes must be not less than 55 percent with regard to foreign-made ones. The amount of competition dues is 721,900 roubles.
The transition to digital telecasting in Russia must be completed in 2015. It is planned that three packages of digital TV channels will be within the reach of people in Russia. The composition of the first multiplex has been already determined. It comprises First Channel, Russia-1, Russia-2, NTV, Petersburg Fifth Channel, Russia-Culture, Russia-24, and the Karusel educational TV channel for children.