UN, December 19 (Itar-Tass) — Representatives of the leading Russian language media in the USA discussed the most pressing problems of journalism in New York on Tuesday. The "round table" discussions were led by head of the Rospechat Russian federal agency for Print and Mass Media Mikhail Seslavinsky and Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Mass Media Alexei Volin.
Seslavinsky told Itar-Tass that the forum was paying much attention to the problems of mass media's interacting with the Internet space and the struggle for the audience, listeners and viewers in the era of digital technologies. "In these conditions, a token of success was the mass media's capability to successfully and harmoniously combine the information placed on websites with news wires and on-air broadcasting," the Rospechat head underlined.
The forum had two stages: at the Russian consulate general in New York and at a city business center. Among the invitees were representatives of Russian language mass media in the USA and executives of major US mass media broadcasting in Russian, such as RTVI, Radio 87,7 FM, the Lesti Media publishing house and the Russian New York website /http://www.russianny.com/.
According to Seslavinsky, all the participants in the forum are concerned about "the theme of objective coverage of life in Russia by U.S. mass media, and vice versa."
"It is understandable that the distrust of each other is still strong, that the general political situation directly reflects on the materials paced in the mass media," he said.
At the same time, the Rospechat director expressed the hope that this obstacle would be successfully overcome.
"Everybody is unanimous that sometimes, very simple pieces or sketches about life, family, culture and education are more interested to the public than bilateral political polemics," Seslavinsky said.
During the New York discussions, participants called for intensifying ties between Russian language mass media in the United States. The World Congress of Russian Press was named as a suitable basis for launching dialogue, held under the aegis of the World Association of Russian Press, whose president is chairman of the Itar-Tass Board Vitaly Ignatenko.