TV Tsentr

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TV Tsentr
ТВ Центр
Launched February 14, 1956
Owned by Administration of the city of Moscow
Picture format 4:3 (576i, SDTV)
Audience share 3% (July 2009, TNS Russia1)
Country Russia
Broadcast area Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kygrystan, Uzbekistan, Tajikstan, CIS region, Asia, Americas, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania
Formerly called 1956-1967: Moscow Program 2
1967-1976: Moscow Program
1976-1984: Moscow Channel 3
1984-1988: Moscow Television 3
1988-1991: Moscow Network Channel 3
1991-1997: MTK-Moscow Television

TV Tsentr (Russian: ТВ Центр; formerly abbreviated as ТВЦ, TVC or ТВЦ-Москва, TVC-Moskva - "TVC Moscow") is a state-run Russia TV station with the fourth largest coverage area in Russia, after Channel One, Rossiya and NTV. It is owned by the administration of the city of Moscow and is dedicated to programming that highlights various aspects of Moscow life.2 The channel airs across Russian territory its first broadcast on 14 February 1956. The channel was launched in June 1997 and until 2005 was run by Oleg Poptsov (the founding father of VGTRK and its chairman in 1990-96). Faithfully reflecting the official line of the Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov, a onetime rival of Vladimir Putin who later became a supporter,2 the TV station airs extensive interviews with the mayor and his associates.


  1. ^ "Рейтинги СМИ - ТВ" (in Russian). TNS Russia. 2009-07-20. Retrieved 2009-08-02. 
  2. ^ a b Alexei Bessudnov, "Media Map" (183–189), Index on Censorship, Volume 37, Number 1, 2008, p. 185.

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