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MOSCOW, March 14 (Itar-Tass) – Russian Public Television (OTV) will be neither a political nor an oppositional channel, OTV Director General Anatoly Lysenko declared at a press conference at Itar-Tass on Thursday.
"Many, including the press, expect us to create a public oppositional channel. I do not quite understand what an oppositional channel is. Probably, it might be something with Udaltsov (one of the opposition leaders) featured both in the beginning and in the end of OTV programs. But, we are not going to make political television. It will be precisely public television which will present different points of view – constructive points of view, to be exact. The opposition might be interesting only when it is constructive,” Lysenko said.
“We receive no instructions from the Kremlin. Regrettably, no one invites us there, although we would like to be invited and helped financially," Lysenko stressed.
He confirmed that OTV is to begin broadcasts on May 19. "We are beginning on May 19, and it is my judgment that for some three – four months since we will be bullied by all possible worlds of slander. Pro-governmental organizations will bully us because we do not praise the government enough, and anti-governmental organizations – for lack of criticism of the authorities, whereas I am more interested in the opinion of the audiences, Lysenko said.
A decree on the establishment of Public Television in Russia was signed in April 2012. OTV was organized in the form of an autonomous, non-commerce organization which will be both OTV founder, its editorial board and a broadcasting agent.
OTV activities will be supervised by the Public Television Council headed by Oleg Tabakov, which incorporates prominent figures in the world of literature, cinema, theater and the mass media.