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The notes of a journalist working in Europe for Russian TV

I am not working. And this is good.

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One of the first reactions to the blasts in Moscow underground was anger about Russian television. I haven’t seen it (from Berlin) but bloggers write that first few hours after the terrorist attack none of the main channels reported urgently about the tragedy, none of them rescheduled broadcasts, none stopped showing commercials. It does take some time to make decisions in that industry nowadays.

And I am so relieved that my “merry story” have been cancelled. Just yesterday I was really looking forward to cover a hadron collider event on Tuesday but who needs it now in Russia? And how could I stand in Geneva and tell some details about some particles knowing what kind of information the viewers really need.

I would be happy if I could go back in time and just change something so that people with those esplosives would have exploded alone on empty Moscow streets at night – and then the hadron collider would be just fine, just fine.

Instead of that the whole day – news, news, hyperlinks, photos, videos, personal stories. On such day foreign bureau just stops working. What can I do from Berlin for the Moscovites?


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March 29, 2010 at 10:56 pm

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  1. You made a mistake. At less, channels “Vesti” and “Russia Today” showed many things one hour later events. But, after some time, all informations seemed to have a small delay, just because filters had to work.
    But, nowadays, for any event, even sports events, there is a small delays between live broadcasting and what is on air. That is a technical control, only that…


    March 30, 2010 at 10:19 am

  2. By “main channels” I mean Russian channels with the biggest share: “Russia”, “Channel One” and NTV. Compared to their audience all others look miniscule.


    March 30, 2010 at 11:25 am

  3. Definitively, there was a really technical problem; About the question of “main channels” (or “Historical nationals channels”). That’s right !

    Let’s read what a French journalist write :
    “Tout le monde veut savoir. Chacun a quelque chose à raconter. Le 29 mars, la fréquentation du “Jivoi’s journal” (, le média social parmi les plus populaires de Russie, a doublé, avec 250 000 visiteurs à l’heure. D’autant que les trois chaînes fédérales sont restées jusqu’à 9 heures dans l’ignorance de la tragédie, plongées dans les émissions matinales sur la santé (l’urino-thérapie) et la cuisine.”
    (“8 h 34, le train s’arrête à Park-Koultoury”; Chronique. Marie Jégo, Le Monde, 02.04.10)


    April 3, 2010 at 9:47 am

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