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Leading TV news channels in Russia in 2019, by audience share

Russia-1 and Channel One were the most popular sources of television news in Russia, according to a poll conducted in March 2019, with nearly a half of the population of Russia regularly watching news programs of those channels on TV and online. NTV, owned by Gazprom Media, was the third most popular choice. In January 2020, 36 percent of Russians expressed their trust in the news reported by Channel One.

Who owns Channel One Russia?

Pervyi Kanal, which translates to Channel One, emerged in 1995 after the transformation of the Russian State TV and Radio Company Ostankino, which has its roots in the Central Television of the USSR. The Federal Agency for State Property Management, or Rosimushchestvo owns approximately 38 percent of the channel’s shares. The rest is distributed among the private holding National Media Group, an investment bank VTB Capital, a state enterprise Russian News Agency TASS, and the Technical Center Ostankino. As of the beginning of 2020, Channel One owed 1.3 billion Russian rubles to Ostankino. The channel accounted for a net loss of 12.5 billion Russian rubles, despite having the second highest operating revenue among federal TV networks in the country.

What does VGTRK stand for?

VGTRK, or the All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, is a unitary enterprise of the Russian state founded in 1990. It operates several television channels, including Russia-1, a news channel Russia-24, Russia-K dedicated to culture, and a children’s TV channel Carousel, as well as radio stations like Radio Mayak, Radio Rossii, or Vesti FM. VGTRK’s revenue exceeded 28 billion Russian rubles in 2019, ranking first among other broadcasters in the country.

Most popular television news channels in Russia in 2019, by audience share*

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Release date

August 2019



Survey time period

March 2019

Number of respondents

1,600 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Supplementary notes

* The original question was formulated by the source as follows: "Do you watch news programs of the following television channels, and if yes, news on which channels do you watch more or less regularly, including on the internet?"

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